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In this Feb. 8, 2013 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington. Kerry said Wednesday, the world must show its resolve in the face of North Korea's nuclear provocations or risk emboldening Iran, which is under scrutiny over its uranium enrichment program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Jan. 29, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform at a Las Vegas high school. Sharp shifts in the political landscape have put immigration reform tantalizingly close for the Obama administration and Cecelia Munoz, head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, who is leading the effort to provide a pathway to citizenship. Obama won two-thirds of of the Hispanic vote in the November elections in part because of the conservative immigration positions staked out by Republicans in their party primary. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
CIA Director nominee John Brennan, testifies before a Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing. When President Barack Obama declared Hagel would be the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon, he seemed to overlook four previous defense chiefs who served at least part of their military years as enlisted men. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
It takes a walk in the woods to get a good look at the future of the Portage Park District. Just two years ago, the district was operating on a shoestring budget, with development of more outdoor recreational space grinding to a halt. This was happening just as suburban development was beginning to close off options to acquire and protect large blocs of land, especially in the western part of the county.