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In Waukesha, small businesses wonder whether Democrats or Republicans can change their lives

By David Jordan and Nona Tepper

On Main Street in downtown Waukesha, a sleepy Milwaukee suburb, the perspective is decidedly local.

Most shops close at three on Saturdays on a street devoid of national chains, except a Subway. Business owners advertise for one another in their windows and stop to talk about the challenges they face to keep the lights on.

And so, when you mention politics in Waukesha, business owners chat about the decision to disband the city’s Downtown Business Association or the repaving of Main Street this past summer.

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Citizenship backlog silences potential Illinois voters

By Nona Tepper

[A national version of the story was published in the Washington Post. Read it here: Yes, the election is rigged — against immigrants who should be able to vote but can’t]

A growing citizenship backlog crisis may leave more than 17,000 Illinois residents unable to vote come November.

The number of Illinois citizens who have applied for citizenship increased 14.7 percent year over year to 9,299 so far in 2016, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department (USCIS), an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in charge of naturalizations.

The number applications still waiting on a decision by USCIS, however, swelled 22.8 percent over the same time period to 17,679 applicants. The increase in pending citizenship applications over number of applications actually filed indicates that USCIS is backlogged in processing applications, a procedure that normally takes five months.

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