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Santa Claus gets a trim from Crystal Hall at Libertyville Barber Shop during Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville on Saturday, December 11.
  Santa Claus gets a trim from Crystal Hall at Libertyville Barber Shop during Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville on Saturday, December 11.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Oak Grove chorus sings during a Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville on Saturday, December 11.
  Oak Grove chorus sings during a Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville on Saturday, December 11.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Audrey Clemens, 5, of Libertyville, brought a list that included cut outs from catalogs to show Santa Claus what shes want for Christmas during Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville.
  Audrey Clemens, 5, of Libertyville, brought a list that included cut outs from catalogs to show Santa Claus what shes want for Christmas during Dickens of a Holiday at Cook Park in Libertyville.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Ron Keller of Naperville performs with nearly 80 other tuba players at this year's Merry Tuba Christmas Saturday in downtown Naperville.
  Ron Keller of Naperville performs with nearly 80 other tuba players at this year's Merry Tuba Christmas Saturday in downtown Naperville.
Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer
Charlie Davidson, 4, of Wheeling sits on top of his grandpa while watching a Merry Tuba Christmas Saturday outside the U.S. Bank in downtown Naperville.
  Charlie Davidson, 4, of Wheeling sits on top of his grandpa while watching a Merry Tuba Christmas Saturday outside the U.S. Bank in downtown Naperville.
Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer
Ryan Tivy, 12, of Roselle is all smiles while Bloomingdale officer Dawn Odoi helps him shop for a new bike helmet during the Shop with a Cop at Meijer in Bloomingdale Saturday.
  Ryan Tivy, 12, of Roselle is all smiles while Bloomingdale officer Dawn Odoi helps him shop for a new bike helmet during the Shop with a Cop at Meijer in Bloomingdale Saturday.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Bloomingdale Officer Steven Giancaterino helps Josh Maldonado, 9, of Bloomingdale shop for a new shirt for Christmas.
  Bloomingdale Officer Steven Giancaterino helps Josh Maldonado, 9, of Bloomingdale shop for a new shirt for Christmas.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Veronica Roman of Palatine protects her candle from the rain during the Celebration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday in Des Plaines.
  Veronica Roman of Palatine protects her candle from the rain during the Celebration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday in Des Plaines.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Two roses were placed among dozens of candles during the Celebration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Saturday.
  Two roses were placed among dozens of candles during the Celebration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Saturday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Judson University graduates Raggin Sondgeroth of Plainfield, facing, and Kyle Peceny of Schaumburg chat before the start of their fall commencement ceremony at the Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center on Saturday, December 11. Both earned a Master of Education in Literary degree.
  Judson University graduates Raggin Sondgeroth of Plainfield, facing, and Kyle Peceny of Schaumburg chat before the start of their fall commencement ceremony at the Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center on Saturday, December 11. Both earned a Master of Education in Literary degree.
Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer
Judson University fall graduates head toward the start of their commencement ceremony at the Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center on Saturday, December 11.
  Judson University fall graduates head toward the start of their commencement ceremony at the Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center on Saturday, December 11.
Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer
Volunteer Wayne Starzyk moves more items being dropped off at the Addison Community Switchboard, a year-round food pantry and clothes closet.
  Volunteer Wayne Starzyk moves more items being dropped off at the Addison Community Switchboard, a year-round food pantry and clothes closet.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Todd Wilson pulls his daughter Ashley, 6, of Wheeling along the snow covered sidewalk as frigid weather and cold winds blow in overnight in Cook County on Sunday. Wilson had gone to get a new battery for his car at a local store.
  Todd Wilson pulls his daughter Ashley, 6, of Wheeling along the snow covered sidewalk as frigid weather and cold winds blow in overnight in Cook County on Sunday. Wilson had gone to get a new battery for his car at a local store.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Gianna Harris of Kildeer and Tyler Every of Lake Zurich brave the cold temperatures, high winds and blowing snow to make one sled run down the hill at Henry J. Paulus park in Lake Zurich. Harris lost her hat in during the frigid run down the hill.
  Gianna Harris of Kildeer and Tyler Every of Lake Zurich brave the cold temperatures, high winds and blowing snow to make one sled run down the hill at Henry J. Paulus park in Lake Zurich. Harris lost her hat in during the frigid run down the hill.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
A man and his dog brave the cold temperatures, high winds and blowing snow to do cross country skiing at Henry J. Paulus park in Lake Zurich.
  A man and his dog brave the cold temperatures, high winds and blowing snow to do cross country skiing at Henry J. Paulus park in Lake Zurich.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Ariadna Galvan of West Chicago holds her one-year-old daughter Neftaly who is bundled up for the cold during the second day of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe event Sunday at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.
  Ariadna Galvan of West Chicago holds her one-year-old daughter Neftaly who is bundled up for the cold during the second day of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe event Sunday at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
K.J. Walton, 6 of Barrington picks out some toys with the help of Barrington Police officer Doug Kluth. The Barrington Police and Fire departments shopped with elementary and middle school students at the Lake Zurich Target store.
  K.J. Walton, 6 of Barrington picks out some toys with the help of Barrington Police officer Doug Kluth. The Barrington Police and Fire departments shopped with elementary and middle school students at the Lake Zurich Target store.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Members of the Kingdom Flags performance team dance during the Carpenter's House Community Church annual Christmas pageant The Miracle of Christmas Sunday in Carpentersville.
  Members of the Kingdom Flags performance team dance during the Carpenter's House Community Church annual Christmas pageant The Miracle of Christmas Sunday in Carpentersville.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
The children's choir sings and acts as orphans during the Carpenter's House Community Church annual Christmas pageant The Miracle of Christmas Sunday in Carpentersville.
  The children's choir sings and acts as orphans during the Carpenter's House Community Church annual Christmas pageant The Miracle of Christmas Sunday in Carpentersville.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Dressed as an elf, Veronica Patti washes dishes Sunday morning at the Breakfast with Santa event at the Carpentersville FVW Post 5915.
  Dressed as an elf, Veronica Patti washes dishes Sunday morning at the Breakfast with Santa event at the Carpentersville FVW Post 5915.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A man fights wind and cold Sunday as he walks along Ogden Avenue in Naperville.
  A man fights wind and cold Sunday as he walks along Ogden Avenue in Naperville.
Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer
Scottie Wiora, 20, carries his shovel across Algonquin Road Sunday in Algonquin. He was out in the weather trying to find driveway clearing jobs. "It's a recession and I don't have a job." he said. He did two quick jobs for 20 bucks before walking home to Lake in the Hills.
  Scottie Wiora, 20, carries his shovel across Algonquin Road Sunday in Algonquin. He was out in the weather trying to find driveway clearing jobs. "It's a recession and I don't have a job." he said. He did two quick jobs for 20 bucks before walking home to Lake in the Hills.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Actor and historian Terry Lynch portrays Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol at Naper Settlement Sunday in Naperville.
Actor and historian Terry Lynch portrays Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol at Naper Settlement Sunday in Naperville.
Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer
With tempuretures in the teens, Flavia Garcia of the Arlington Heights Park District adds a fresh coat of ice to the skating rinks a Heritage Park in Arlington Heights.
  With tempuretures in the teens, Flavia Garcia of the Arlington Heights Park District adds a fresh coat of ice to the skating rinks a Heritage Park in Arlington Heights.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
With her scarf whipping in the icy wind, Alicia Ruiz of Elgin puts on her gloves as she crosses Chicago Street Monday morning in downtown Elgin. Ruiz was heading across the Fox River bridge to the PACE bus station on her way to work.
  With her scarf whipping in the icy wind, Alicia Ruiz of Elgin puts on her gloves as she crosses Chicago Street Monday morning in downtown Elgin. Ruiz was heading across the Fox River bridge to the PACE bus station on her way to work.
Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer
Jason Waters works with a hose as he and fellow Geneva Park District employee Tom Amore take advantage of the icy temperatures to put down a layer of smooth ice on the hockey rink at Wheeler Park Monday.
  Jason Waters works with a hose as he and fellow Geneva Park District employee Tom Amore take advantage of the icy temperatures to put down a layer of smooth ice on the hockey rink at Wheeler Park Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Commuter Curtis Frazier of Geneva waits on the platform for a Metra train and endures temperatures in the single digits with wind chills below zero Monday.
  Commuter Curtis Frazier of Geneva waits on the platform for a Metra train and endures temperatures in the single digits with wind chills below zero Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Christine Somberg, R.N., stands near Christie Krupka and her son, Emmett, of Vernon Hills who cheer as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital learns it achieved Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Wednesday during a conference call at the hospital. Emmett was the smallest baby ever delivered at the hospital.
  Christine Somberg, R.N., stands near Christie Krupka and her son, Emmett, of Vernon Hills who cheer as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital learns it achieved Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Wednesday during a conference call at the hospital. Emmett was the smallest baby ever delivered at the hospital.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Chief Nurse Executive Kimberly Nagy and President Thomas J. McAfee celebrate as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital learns that it had achieved Magnet Designation Wednesday. Only six percent of hospitals from across the country have achieved the recognition for its nursing department.
  Chief Nurse Executive Kimberly Nagy and President Thomas J. McAfee celebrate as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital learns that it had achieved Magnet Designation Wednesday. Only six percent of hospitals from across the country have achieved the recognition for its nursing department.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Kristen Kostal smiles at her family during the Elgin Community College graduation ceremony Friday night.
  Kristen Kostal smiles at her family during the Elgin Community College graduation ceremony Friday night.
Rena Naltsas | Staff Photographer
The Fremd High School Chamber Singers perform during the broadcast of Greg Jarrett's show on WGN Radio at Durty Nellies Friday in Palatine.
  The Fremd High School Chamber Singers perform during the broadcast of Greg Jarrett's show on WGN Radio at Durty Nellies Friday in Palatine.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Ruby Beltran plays a snowman as she and other fifth-grade students perform "North Pole Exposure", a holiday musical, held at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
  Ruby Beltran plays a snowman as she and other fifth-grade students perform "North Pole Exposure", a holiday musical, held at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer
Santa checks the playbook as fifth-grade students perform "North Pole Exposure" at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
  Santa checks the playbook as fifth-grade students perform "North Pole Exposure" at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer
Fifth grade students perform "North Pole Exposure" at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
  Fifth grade students perform "North Pole Exposure" at Roy DeShane Elementary School in Carol Stream.
DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer
Brian May of Elgin loads up armfuls of toys to put out on display for families to choose from for the annual toy giveaway at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Tables stacked full of toys sat behind curtains and as supplies were diminished on the display tables May and other volunteers kept restocking the tables.
  Brian May of Elgin loads up armfuls of toys to put out on display for families to choose from for the annual toy giveaway at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Tables stacked full of toys sat behind curtains and as supplies were diminished on the display tables May and other volunteers kept restocking the tables.
Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs honor Lombard Marine John Meschi, left, as the December Veteran of the Month during a ceremony at VFW Post 2164 in Wheaton. At right is Bill Barta, commandant of the State of Illinois Marine Corps League, who nominated Meschi.
  The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs honor Lombard Marine John Meschi, left, as the December Veteran of the Month during a ceremony at VFW Post 2164 in Wheaton. At right is Bill Barta, commandant of the State of Illinois Marine Corps League, who nominated Meschi.
DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer
Madison Bartek, 7, laughs after her father, Tom, put icing and a red piece of candy on her nose while students sang "Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer" Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein. Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek helped students make gingerbread trains.
  Madison Bartek, 7, laughs after her father, Tom, put icing and a red piece of candy on her nose while students sang "Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer" Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein. Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek helped students make gingerbread trains.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek helps Olivia Gonzalez, 9, with her gingerbread train Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein.
  Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek helps Olivia Gonzalez, 9, with her gingerbread train Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Corinne Corona, 9, places candy on a gingerbread train Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein with help from Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek.
  Corinne Corona, 9, places candy on a gingerbread train Wednesday at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein with help from Bryn Mawr Country Club manager Tom Bartek.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Fourth-grade chorus students from Lincolnshire's Half Day School sing in the food court at Westfield Hawthorn Mall Wednesday. The mall is offering free holiday events for shoppers.
  Fourth-grade chorus students from Lincolnshire's Half Day School sing in the food court at Westfield Hawthorn Mall Wednesday. The mall is offering free holiday events for shoppers.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The procession of attendees makes it's way east toward the bridge on the new extension of Stearns Road during the ceremonial opening of the Stearns Road bridge in South Elgin Wednesday. The bridge officially opened to traffic on Thursday.
  The procession of attendees makes it's way east toward the bridge on the new extension of Stearns Road during the ceremonial opening of the Stearns Road bridge in South Elgin Wednesday. The bridge officially opened to traffic on Thursday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Chicago Bears defensive back DJ Moore signs autographs for students at Bell-Graham Elementary in St. Charles Tuesday. The school won the First & Goal Six Week Fitness Challenge by having 80 percent participation in the event. The Bears use the challenge to educate youth about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
  Chicago Bears defensive back DJ Moore signs autographs for students at Bell-Graham Elementary in St. Charles Tuesday. The school won the First & Goal Six Week Fitness Challenge by having 80 percent participation in the event. The Bears use the challenge to educate youth about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark answers questions from fourth-grader Nemesis Galmore, left, and Tyler Meade during Christmas party hosted by the wives of current and former Chicago Bears players for special needs children at SEDOL'S Gages Lake School.
  Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark answers questions from fourth-grader Nemesis Galmore, left, and Tyler Meade during Christmas party hosted by the wives of current and former Chicago Bears players for special needs children at SEDOL'S Gages Lake School.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olson high fives third and fourth graders during Christmas party hosted by wives of current and former Chicago Bears players for special needs children at SEDOL'S Gages Lake School.
  Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olson high fives third and fourth graders during Christmas party hosted by wives of current and former Chicago Bears players for special needs children at SEDOL'S Gages Lake School.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
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