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  • Ava Heemsoth, 14, right and Audrey Barber, 13, both of Elmhurst, try their chance at a trip to L.A. and a chance to meet Justin Bieber. Heemsoth had her friends act as back-up dancers during her rendition of Baby during the contest held at the Yorktown Center in Lombard.

       Ava Heemsoth, 14, right and Audrey Barber, 13, both of Elmhurst, try their chance at a trip to L.A. and a chance to meet Justin Bieber. Heemsoth had her friends act as back-up dancers during her rendition of Baby during the contest held at the Yorktown Center in Lombard.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Hayley Huber, 13, right, and Kiara McGee, 13, both of Wheaton listen to fans sing songs by Justin Bieber Saturday at the Yorktown Center in Lombard. Fans were competing against one another in hopes of winning a trip to L.A. and a chance to meet the pop star.

       Hayley Huber, 13, right, and Kiara McGee, 13, both of Wheaton listen to fans sing songs by Justin Bieber Saturday at the Yorktown Center in Lombard. Fans were competing against one another in hopes of winning a trip to L.A. and a chance to meet the pop star.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Kaley Letcher, along with Naperville Mayor George Pradel shows her first place win in the child's division for her doggie cupcakes during Naperville's eighth-annual Chocolate Festival held at Neuqua Valley High School.

       Kaley Letcher, along with Naperville Mayor George Pradel shows her first place win in the child's division for her doggie cupcakes during Naperville's eighth-annual Chocolate Festival held at Neuqua Valley High School.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Dr. Rise Jones of Elgin sings at the 26th-annual Prayer Breakfast at Elgin Community College's Business Conference Center on Saturday, January 15 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day-long event started with a breakfast and concluded with a musical program. Dr. Jones is part of the non-for-profit Elgin organization Hamilton Wings, an arts organization for diverse, economically and socially disadvantaged children.

       Dr. Rise Jones of Elgin sings at the 26th-annual Prayer Breakfast at Elgin Community College's Business Conference Center on Saturday, January 15 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day-long event started with a breakfast and concluded with a musical program. Dr. Jones is part of the non-for-profit Elgin organization Hamilton Wings, an arts organization for diverse, economically and socially disadvantaged children.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A group called VOCE from Naperville performed at the first Naperville's Got Talent! variety show at Neuqua Valley High School. Out of roughly 60 acts, judges had narrowed it down to only 18 acts to take the stage. Tickets were $10 a piece with proceeds going to the DuPage Public Action.

       A group called VOCE from Naperville performed at the first Naperville's Got Talent! variety show at Neuqua Valley High School. Out of roughly 60 acts, judges had narrowed it down to only 18 acts to take the stage. Tickets were $10 a piece with proceeds going to the DuPage Public Action.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • When 10-year-old Rick Stevenson took the stage the crowd lit up. Stevenson started dancing at age 4, and proclaims Michael Jackson as his favorite singer. Stevenson has performed at numerous charity events prior to competing.

       When 10-year-old Rick Stevenson took the stage the crowd lit up. Stevenson started dancing at age 4, and proclaims Michael Jackson as his favorite singer. Stevenson has performed at numerous charity events prior to competing.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church's first female bishop, Vashti Murphy McKenzie, speaks to the crowd during DuPage County's 21st celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Edman Memorial Chapel in Wheaton. McKenzie's message promoted unity and continuing Dr. King's dream.

       African Methodist Episcopal Church's first female bishop, Vashti Murphy McKenzie, speaks to the crowd during DuPage County's 21st celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Edman Memorial Chapel in Wheaton. McKenzie's message promoted unity and continuing Dr. King's dream.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Soloist Tim White brings the Sears Holding Chorus to a rousing conclusion with the song "He Cares" during The Village of Hoffman Estates 9th-Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

       Soloist Tim White brings the Sears Holding Chorus to a rousing conclusion with the song "He Cares" during The Village of Hoffman Estates 9th-Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Dylan Konkey, 5, left, and his brother Bennett, 2, careen down a snowy slide at Langum Park in St. Charles Monday. They had been sledding on the nearby hill and eventually got too tired to keep climbing back up. After being tasked with dragging them back up the hill a few times, mom Emily suggested they try the playground for a while. They're from Aurora.

       Dylan Konkey, 5, left, and his brother Bennett, 2, careen down a snowy slide at Langum Park in St. Charles Monday. They had been sledding on the nearby hill and eventually got too tired to keep climbing back up. After being tasked with dragging them back up the hill a few times, mom Emily suggested they try the playground for a while. They're from Aurora.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Santino Salamone, 15, of St. Charles, plays a pick-up hockey game on the outdoor skating rink with friends at Wheeler Park in Geneva on Tuesday evening.

       Santino Salamone, 15, of St. Charles, plays a pick-up hockey game on the outdoor skating rink with friends at Wheeler Park in Geneva on Tuesday evening.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • David Gafke at Complete Bridal Salon in East Dundee has created Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers wedding gowns. Models Tali Ilani, 15, and Nicki Loizzi, 21 wear the Bears and Packers gowns respectively. Both are from Elgin and will be modeling the dresses at the NFC Championship this weekend at Soldier Field.

       David Gafke at Complete Bridal Salon in East Dundee has created Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers wedding gowns. Models Tali Ilani, 15, and Nicki Loizzi, 21 wear the Bears and Packers gowns respectively. Both are from Elgin and will be modeling the dresses at the NFC Championship this weekend at Soldier Field.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Mabel Scroggins, right, and Peyton Rollins laugh as storyteller and author Jim May shares stories with fifth grade students Wednesday at O'Plaine School in Gurnee. The students are studying folk tales and storytelling as part of their curriculum.

       Mabel Scroggins, right, and Peyton Rollins laugh as storyteller and author Jim May shares stories with fifth grade students Wednesday at O'Plaine School in Gurnee. The students are studying folk tales and storytelling as part of their curriculum.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Storyteller and author Jim May share stories with fifth grade students Wednesday at O'Plaine School in Gurnee.

       Storyteller and author Jim May share stories with fifth grade students Wednesday at O'Plaine School in Gurnee.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Taking advantage of a sunny afternoon Violeta and Sanford Greenberg of Carpentersville go for a walk in Ned Brown Meadows near Rolling Meadows. They enjoy walking in the winter and bicycling in the summer. This forest preserve is one of there favorites because it so large.

       Taking advantage of a sunny afternoon Violeta and Sanford Greenberg of Carpentersville go for a walk in Ned Brown Meadows near Rolling Meadows. They enjoy walking in the winter and bicycling in the summer. This forest preserve is one of there favorites because it so large.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Tiny mounds of snow sit atop the remains of wildflowers as the sun sets at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. The area had a slight dusting of snow earlier in the day before the sun broke through.

       Tiny mounds of snow sit atop the remains of wildflowers as the sun sets at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. The area had a slight dusting of snow earlier in the day before the sun broke through.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Colombian Exchange student Santiago Pailla, 14, tells a Columbian folk tale as 26 other exchange students presented a music and dance program for Hawthorn Middle School North Thursday in Vernon Hills.

       Colombian Exchange student Santiago Pailla, 14, tells a Columbian folk tale as 26 other exchange students presented a music and dance program for Hawthorn Middle School North Thursday in Vernon Hills.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Colombian exchange students, as part of a week-long project in conjunction with Stevenson High School, presented a music and dance program for Hawthorn Middle School North Thursday in Vernon Hills.

       Colombian exchange students, as part of a week-long project in conjunction with Stevenson High School, presented a music and dance program for Hawthorn Middle School North Thursday in Vernon Hills.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Despite the freezing temperature, a cross country skier cruises in LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve Thursday.

       Despite the freezing temperature, a cross country skier cruises in LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve Thursday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A walker and their best friend stretch their legs in the bitter cold along the Fox River in St. Charles Thursday.

       A walker and their best friend stretch their legs in the bitter cold along the Fox River in St. Charles Thursday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Baumann, 70 reaches for the ball as seniors from the Del Webb community in Mundelein play pickleball Tuesday at the Libertyville Sports Complex.

       Tom Baumann, 70 reaches for the ball as seniors from the Del Webb community in Mundelein play pickleball Tuesday at the Libertyville Sports Complex.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Donny's Pizzeria employee Maggie Holm finishes off a pizza of epic proportions with Da Bears spelled out in pepperoni at their Arlington Heights store. The pizza can feed 40 people and is made with 11 pounds of dough.

       Donny's Pizzeria employee Maggie Holm finishes off a pizza of epic proportions with Da Bears spelled out in pepperoni at their Arlington Heights store. The pizza can feed 40 people and is made with 11 pounds of dough.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Mavec of Glen Ellyn keeps warm in Friday's cold temperatures by cross county skiing in Glen Ellyn's Newton Park. "I'm trying to get some exercise and train for some ski races that are coming up soon", said Mavec.

       Joe Mavec of Glen Ellyn keeps warm in Friday's cold temperatures by cross county skiing in Glen Ellyn's Newton Park. "I'm trying to get some exercise and train for some ski races that are coming up soon", said Mavec.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • City of Elgin employee Steve Udell zips up his jacket while working outside Friday in single-digit temperatures in downtown Elgin.

       City of Elgin employee Steve Udell zips up his jacket while working outside Friday in single-digit temperatures in downtown Elgin.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Wauconda park district employees Dave Schwarz and Jack Spears try to get a water pump started after cutting a hole in Bangs lake. The duo had the unenviable task of freezing the hockey rink on Bangs Lake on the coldest day of the year Friday.

       Wauconda park district employees Dave Schwarz and Jack Spears try to get a water pump started after cutting a hole in Bangs lake. The duo had the unenviable task of freezing the hockey rink on Bangs Lake on the coldest day of the year Friday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 

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