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  • A table with bread and wine left by parishioners is blessed by Fr. Joel Fortier, center, during a Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville.

       A table with bread and wine left by parishioners is blessed by Fr. Joel Fortier, center, during a Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Fr. Joel Fortier, left, listens, as Fr. Michel Eugene gives his thanks during a Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville. Fr. Eugene is visiting from Provincial Holy Cross in Port-Au-Pince Haiti.

       Fr. Joel Fortier, left, listens, as Fr. Michel Eugene gives his thanks during a Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville. Fr. Eugene is visiting from Provincial Holy Cross in Port-Au-Pince Haiti.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Mike McKown of Gurnee deep fries a turkey as Gurnee Community Church members host 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command of Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.

       Mike McKown of Gurnee deep fries a turkey as Gurnee Community Church members host 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command of Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Sailors bow their heads during grace before Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon at Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee.

       Sailors bow their heads during grace before Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon at Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Brian Henslee of Covington, Ohio, left, and Loren Mams New Smyrna, Florida play checkers at Gurnee Community Church.

       Brian Henslee of Covington, Ohio, left, and Loren Mams New Smyrna, Florida play checkers at Gurnee Community Church.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Dylan Ford of Hebron, Connecticut, left, passes some turkey to Lou Negri of New Haven, Connecticut at Gurnee Community Church during Thanksgiving dinner.

       Dylan Ford of Hebron, Connecticut, left, passes some turkey to Lou Negri of New Haven, Connecticut at Gurnee Community Church during Thanksgiving dinner.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Gurnee Community Church member Debbie Krueger of Gurnee and members of the congregation cheer as 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command of Great Lakes make their way to the dining room for a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.

       Gurnee Community Church member Debbie Krueger of Gurnee and members of the congregation cheer as 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command of Great Lakes make their way to the dining room for a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Matt Higgins of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania does some magic tricks for fellow recruits at the Gurnee Community Church.

       Matt Higgins of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania does some magic tricks for fellow recruits at the Gurnee Community Church.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Senior Pastor Rev. Christopher Stephens offers a few words at Gurnee Community Church .

       Senior Pastor Rev. Christopher Stephens offers a few words at Gurnee Community Church .
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Vernon Vollman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, left and Chris Baumeister of Pocatello, Idaho prepare to load up on turkey at Gurnee Community Church.

       Vernon Vollman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, left and Chris Baumeister of Pocatello, Idaho prepare to load up on turkey at Gurnee Community Church.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Marine Reserve sergeants from Great Lakes Jonathan Hennegan, left, and Evan Wilson hang a toys for tots sign on their truck during the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.

       Marine Reserve sergeants from Great Lakes Jonathan Hennegan, left, and Evan Wilson hang a toys for tots sign on their truck during the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Runners dash off the starting line in front of Macy's as they participate in the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Arden Shore Child & Family Services for Lake County children and families.

       Runners dash off the starting line in front of Macy's as they participate in the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Arden Shore Child & Family Services for Lake County children and families.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • People participate in the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.

       People participate in the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Mahmoud Bahrani of Vernon Hills won the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.

       Mahmoud Bahrani of Vernon Hills won the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Runners dash at the start of the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.

       Runners dash at the start of the Second Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k run at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • David Smith of West Dundee cheers for his sister Laurie Conley of Chicago and her husband, Ben, in the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.

       David Smith of West Dundee cheers for his sister Laurie Conley of Chicago and her husband, Ben, in the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Smith of West Dundee takes photos of her daughter Laurie Conley and son-in-law Ben Conley of Chicago as they take off at the starting line in the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.

       Nancy Smith of West Dundee takes photos of her daughter Laurie Conley and son-in-law Ben Conley of Chicago as they take off at the starting line in the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Phillip Kondos of Elgin falls to his knees and hoists his turkey hat into the air at the finish line of the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Kondos, his wife, Chelsea, and her family all took part in the event before heading back to their house for Thanksgiving dinner.

       Phillip Kondos of Elgin falls to his knees and hoists his turkey hat into the air at the finish line of the "Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk" in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Kondos, his wife, Chelsea, and her family all took part in the event before heading back to their house for Thanksgiving dinner.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Brenda Rodgers of Elgin, wearing a Santa hat, serves food at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Sixty-five turkeys were prepared for the feast.

       Brenda Rodgers of Elgin, wearing a Santa hat, serves food at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Sixty-five turkeys were prepared for the feast.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Police Community Chaplain Henoch Fuentes of Elgin leads volunteers in prayer before the start of the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Fuentes is also a Salvation Army pastor in Elgin.

       Elgin Police Community Chaplain Henoch Fuentes of Elgin leads volunteers in prayer before the start of the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Fuentes is also a Salvation Army pastor in Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • David Naranjo, 5, of Elgin loads up on stuffing at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. He preferred the side dishes and skipped the turkey.

       David Naranjo, 5, of Elgin loads up on stuffing at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. He preferred the side dishes and skipped the turkey.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • 196 recruits from Great Lakes received a Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW in Villa Park. Recruits also were able to borrow cell phones and computers to get in touch with their families.

       196 recruits from Great Lakes received a Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW in Villa Park. Recruits also were able to borrow cell phones and computers to get in touch with their families.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Manso, left of Manhatten, New York City, reacts as he's told by Terry Mullen, right, the Chaplain of the Men's Auxilary, that he will be getting the first plate of food for Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW in Villa Park. Manso was the last person off the bus of 196 recruits and had a long wait in the cold to get into the VFW on Thursday.

       Brian Manso, left of Manhatten, New York City, reacts as he's told by Terry Mullen, right, the Chaplain of the Men's Auxilary, that he will be getting the first plate of food for Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW in Villa Park. Manso was the last person off the bus of 196 recruits and had a long wait in the cold to get into the VFW on Thursday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Seaman Recruits from Great Lakes make local and international calls back to their families, bringing tears to some and laughs to others at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.

       Seaman Recruits from Great Lakes make local and international calls back to their families, bringing tears to some and laughs to others at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Seaman Recruit Nicole Southard ,18, of Portland, Maine eats with her fellow recruits at Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling .

       Seaman Recruit Nicole Southard ,18, of Portland, Maine eats with her fellow recruits at Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling .
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Kristina Soukup of Arlington Heights serves turkey to Kyron Malone ,23, of Tennessee at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.

       Volunteer Kristina Soukup of Arlington Heights serves turkey to Kyron Malone ,23, of Tennessee at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Winner of the Turkey Trot two-mile course is Patrick Juras ,16, of Hawthorne Woods crossing the finish line way ahead of his competitors at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at William Rainey Harper College.

       Winner of the Turkey Trot two-mile course is Patrick Juras ,16, of Hawthorne Woods crossing the finish line way ahead of his competitors at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at William Rainey Harper College.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Runners start the Turkey Trot two-mile course at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.

       Runners start the Turkey Trot two-mile course at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Winner of the Turkey Trot five-mile course is Eric Wallor ,27, of Palatine at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at William Rainey Harper College.

       Winner of the Turkey Trot five-mile course is Eric Wallor ,27, of Palatine at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at William Rainey Harper College.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Runners start the Turkey Trot five-mile course at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.

       Runners start the Turkey Trot five-mile course at the 30th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Susy Gerber of North Aurora plays with her son, Truman, 22 months, before receiving their dinner at the Lazarus House Community Feast at the Salvation Army in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. Gerber, attending the feast for the first time, attended with family, neighbors and members of her church, including Klaire Hophan of Batavia, standing behind her.

       Susy Gerber of North Aurora plays with her son, Truman, 22 months, before receiving their dinner at the Lazarus House Community Feast at the Salvation Army in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. Gerber, attending the feast for the first time, attended with family, neighbors and members of her church, including Klaire Hophan of Batavia, standing behind her.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer John Myall of St. Charles guides Freddie Parson of Carpentersville towards some pork for his plate at the Lazarus House Community Feast in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day.

       Volunteer John Myall of St. Charles guides Freddie Parson of Carpentersville towards some pork for his plate at the Lazarus House Community Feast in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Aurora residents Kelly O'Shea, right, and Karen Lipan, center, cheer on their friends after they finished the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. About 7,000 runners showed up for the race.

       Aurora residents Kelly O'Shea, right, and Karen Lipan, center, cheer on their friends after they finished the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. About 7,000 runners showed up for the race.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Warrenville resident Colton Antos hugs his fiancee, Brittany Acosta, after she accepted a marriage proposal after Thursday's Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. The couple was also celebrating their seventh anniversary

       Warrenville resident Colton Antos hugs his fiancee, Brittany Acosta, after she accepted a marriage proposal after Thursday's Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. The couple was also celebrating their seventh anniversary
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Brittany Acosta gets emotional after her fiance, Colton Antos, proposed to her after the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville on Thursday.

       Brittany Acosta gets emotional after her fiance, Colton Antos, proposed to her after the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville on Thursday.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Mayor George Pradel looks on as runners take off from the starting line at Thursday's 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.

       Naperville Mayor George Pradel looks on as runners take off from the starting line at Thursday's 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

 

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