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**FILE** Illinois of Secretary of State Capitol police officers speak with protesters sitting in front of the entrance to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on May 23, 2013. The demonstrators were protesting against the state's oil drilling "fracking" legislation. (Associated Press)
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**FILE** Illinois of Secretary of State Capitol police officers speak with protesters sitting in front of the entrance to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on May 23, 2013. The demonstrators were protesting against the state's oil drilling "fracking" legislation. (Associated Press)

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