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  • Mike Peske takes a break to give a cup of hot chocolate to his daughter Cindy, 5, during the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament in Hanover Park. Earlier, Mike caught a 15-inch largemouth bass.

       Mike Peske takes a break to give a cup of hot chocolate to his daughter Cindy, 5, during the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament in Hanover Park. Earlier, Mike caught a 15-inch largemouth bass.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Fisherman react to a nibble during the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament in Hanover Park.

       Fisherman react to a nibble during the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament in Hanover Park.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Eslpelaiz, 8, right, looks with his friend and fellow team member Noah Bell, 6, at the pieces for their lego car. LEGOLAND Discovery Center sent out representatives to the Glen Ellyn Public Library Saturday to bring fun and learning together. "This is a real fun one, the kids get really pumped up for it," Kristina Pucci, LEGOLAND's marketing coordinator, said. The children worked in groups of 4-5 to put together race cars and race them down a one meter ramp. "It's something we just put together a little while ago, it's fun to do," Pucci said.

       Joe Eslpelaiz, 8, right, looks with his friend and fellow team member Noah Bell, 6, at the pieces for their lego car. LEGOLAND Discovery Center sent out representatives to the Glen Ellyn Public Library Saturday to bring fun and learning together. "This is a real fun one, the kids get really pumped up for it," Kristina Pucci, LEGOLAND's marketing coordinator, said. The children worked in groups of 4-5 to put together race cars and race them down a one meter ramp. "It's something we just put together a little while ago, it's fun to do," Pucci said.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Kristina Pucci, LEGOLAND's marketing coordinator, watches Ben Gonzales, 11, of Glen Ellyn, as he helps to put together part of his team's race car. LEGOLAND Discovery Center sent out representatives to the Glen Ellyn Public Library Saturday to bring fun and learning together. "This is a real fun one, the kids get really pumped up for it," Pucci said. The children worked in groups of 4-5 to put together race cars and race them down a one meter ramp. "It's something we just put together a little while ago, it's fun to do," Pucci said.

       Kristina Pucci, LEGOLAND's marketing coordinator, watches Ben Gonzales, 11, of Glen Ellyn, as he helps to put together part of his team's race car. LEGOLAND Discovery Center sent out representatives to the Glen Ellyn Public Library Saturday to bring fun and learning together. "This is a real fun one, the kids get really pumped up for it," Pucci said. The children worked in groups of 4-5 to put together race cars and race them down a one meter ramp. "It's something we just put together a little while ago, it's fun to do," Pucci said.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Loretto Lundh of St. Charles asks Andy Surratt of American Legion Post 942 in St. Charles Sunday about the scale model of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C, that was unveiled. Lundh's father served in World War II and she came to honor him. The Pillars of Honor, a group from Des Plaines that organized the event, brought the traveling model to the Batavia VFW Post 1197 on River Road. It will be displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. later.

       Loretto Lundh of St. Charles asks Andy Surratt of American Legion Post 942 in St. Charles Sunday about the scale model of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C, that was unveiled. Lundh's father served in World War II and she came to honor him. The Pillars of Honor, a group from Des Plaines that organized the event, brought the traveling model to the Batavia VFW Post 1197 on River Road. It will be displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. later.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Cliff Bartelt, captain of the Honor Guard, checks his charge to make sure he doesn't hit the ceiling as the colors are brought in to start an event Sunday at VFW Post 1197 in Batavia.

       Cliff Bartelt, captain of the Honor Guard, checks his charge to make sure he doesn't hit the ceiling as the colors are brought in to start an event Sunday at VFW Post 1197 in Batavia.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Latinas In Motion team member Cindy Vargas, center, gets a high five from her supporters as she reaches to the top Sunday during The American Lung Association Fight for Air climb up Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace.

       Latinas In Motion team member Cindy Vargas, center, gets a high five from her supporters as she reaches to the top Sunday during The American Lung Association Fight for Air climb up Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • To start a game, both teams rush from the end line to the center line to retrieve the six foam pieces of ammunition during the second-annual dodgeball tournament at Hampshire High School. It was a fundraiser for two local families affected by cancer, as well as funding post-prom activities at the school.

       To start a game, both teams rush from the end line to the center line to retrieve the six foam pieces of ammunition during the second-annual dodgeball tournament at Hampshire High School. It was a fundraiser for two local families affected by cancer, as well as funding post-prom activities at the school.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin Stoll and Dan Marquis, left, both teachers at other schools, watch an opponent get eliminated during their first dodgeball game Sunday at Hampshire High School.

       Kevin Stoll and Dan Marquis, left, both teachers at other schools, watch an opponent get eliminated during their first dodgeball game Sunday at Hampshire High School.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Hoenshell of Team No Limit performs stunt at the International Motorcycle Show at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

       Eric Hoenshell of Team No Limit performs stunt at the International Motorcycle Show at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • WISLA Polish Folk Dancers perform Sunday during North Central College's 15th-annual International Festival in Naperville.

       WISLA Polish Folk Dancers perform Sunday during North Central College's 15th-annual International Festival in Naperville.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • Ray Chinese School dancers perform Sunday during the International Festival at North Central College.

       Ray Chinese School dancers perform Sunday during the International Festival at North Central College.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • Art and Mary Lindblad share a kiss while cutting the cake on Valentine's Day as several couples renew their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They've been married 42 years.

       Art and Mary Lindblad share a kiss while cutting the cake on Valentine's Day as several couples renew their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They've been married 42 years.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Art and Helen Polich laugh with Rev. Laurie Geschrey after Art jokes of escaping before they and several other couples renewed their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They have been married for 61 years.

       Art and Helen Polich laugh with Rev. Laurie Geschrey after Art jokes of escaping before they and several other couples renewed their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They have been married for 61 years.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Joe and Marion Schatzinger share a kiss after renewing their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They've been married 40 years.

       Joe and Marion Schatzinger share a kiss after renewing their wedding vows Monday at the Victory Centre senior living community in Bartlett. They've been married 40 years.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Chad Bettencourt plays with dogs Haley and Delia at the pet shelter located inside the Petco store in Bloomingdale.

       Chad Bettencourt plays with dogs Haley and Delia at the pet shelter located inside the Petco store in Bloomingdale.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Jeanne Sill of Bloomingdale plays with Haleg at the pet shelter is located inside the Petco store, 412 W.Army Tail Road in Bloomingdale.

       Volunteer Jeanne Sill of Bloomingdale plays with Haleg at the pet shelter is located inside the Petco store, 412 W.Army Tail Road in Bloomingdale.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • Enrique Villagomez and his soon-to-be bride Elizabeth Acevedo share a kiss outside a Kane County courtroom Monday in St. Charles. The couple, who have only been dating a few months, decided to wed on Valentine's Day, described by Enrique's father Santiago as a great day to get married. Could it be love, even after just a few months? "Amor grande," Santiago said. Both bride and groom are from Elgin.

       Enrique Villagomez and his soon-to-be bride Elizabeth Acevedo share a kiss outside a Kane County courtroom Monday in St. Charles. The couple, who have only been dating a few months, decided to wed on Valentine's Day, described by Enrique's father Santiago as a great day to get married. Could it be love, even after just a few months? "Amor grande," Santiago said. Both bride and groom are from Elgin.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter Paramedic Joe Kielczynski dances with Eileen Mazarka, a resident of Lexington Health Care Center in Lombard. The Lombard firefighter/paramedics were helping the residents celebrate Valentine's Day Monday. "It's a very nice event", said Lt. Paul Di Rienzo. "Hopefully it sparks a lot of memories". This is the third year for the dance and it kicks off the 25th-anniversary celebration of the center.

       Firefighter Paramedic Joe Kielczynski dances with Eileen Mazarka, a resident of Lexington Health Care Center in Lombard. The Lombard firefighter/paramedics were helping the residents celebrate Valentine's Day Monday. "It's a very nice event", said Lt. Paul Di Rienzo. "Hopefully it sparks a lot of memories". This is the third year for the dance and it kicks off the 25th-anniversary celebration of the center.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A family member holds a yellow rose as she listens to NIU President John G. Peters speak at a memorial service for the students killed there three years ago Monday.

       A family member holds a yellow rose as she listens to NIU President John G. Peters speak at a memorial service for the students killed there three years ago Monday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons Monday at Northern Illinois University.

       The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons Monday at Northern Illinois University.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Students line the sidewalks at Northern Illinois University during a memorial service for those killed three years ago Monday.

       Students line the sidewalks at Northern Illinois University during a memorial service for those killed three years ago Monday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Two-year-old Luke Sherry of Geneva hangs upside down on the uneven parallel bars during open gym time at Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center in Geneva Wednesday. His mom Traci said it was the first time he'd done it, and he kept doing it for several minutes, politely declining offers for help down.

       Two-year-old Luke Sherry of Geneva hangs upside down on the uneven parallel bars during open gym time at Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center in Geneva Wednesday. His mom Traci said it was the first time he'd done it, and he kept doing it for several minutes, politely declining offers for help down.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Judges Ron Long, left, Jeanne Wolff and Tony Rodkey taste one of the entries during a student chili cook-off in Kelley Whitescarver's food preparation class at Vernon Hills High School.

       Judges Ron Long, left, Jeanne Wolff and Tony Rodkey taste one of the entries during a student chili cook-off in Kelley Whitescarver's food preparation class at Vernon Hills High School.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Sophomore Catherine Szuba, 16, tastes her chili with her group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, before judging during a student chili cook-off at Vernon Hills High School.

       Sophomore Catherine Szuba, 16, tastes her chili with her group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, before judging during a student chili cook-off at Vernon Hills High School.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • With the temperature at 53 degrees and just a screen between it and the outdoors, a cat enjoys an open window on North Dunton Avenue Thursday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

       With the temperature at 53 degrees and just a screen between it and the outdoors, a cat enjoys an open window on North Dunton Avenue Thursday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Breeanna Duffy, 4, points to the east side of the Fox River when she thinks she spots some bald eagles while out looking with her mother Carrie Thursday in Algonquin. A friend had told Carrie she saw the eagles along that stretch of the river near Cornish Park, but they came up empty Thursday morning.

       Breeanna Duffy, 4, points to the east side of the Fox River when she thinks she spots some bald eagles while out looking with her mother Carrie Thursday in Algonquin. A friend had told Carrie she saw the eagles along that stretch of the river near Cornish Park, but they came up empty Thursday morning.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Algonquin residents Chris Benish, foreground, and Brent Yates try their luck fishing near the Algonquin dam on the Fox River Thursday morning. Both guys were glad for the chance to get out fishing in mid February.

       Algonquin residents Chris Benish, foreground, and Brent Yates try their luck fishing near the Algonquin dam on the Fox River Thursday morning. Both guys were glad for the chance to get out fishing in mid February.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Erika Oslund, a sophomore student and track team member at Wheaton College, takes advantage of the warm weather Thursday by jogging along Irving Avenue near the college in Wheaton.

       Erika Oslund, a sophomore student and track team member at Wheaton College, takes advantage of the warm weather Thursday by jogging along Irving Avenue near the college in Wheaton.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • The day after the Bears were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, players returned to Halas Hall for the last time this season to clean out their lockers. Bears running back and special teams player Garrett Wolfe was clearing out roughly 16 pairs of shoes, not counting the one's he was wearing at the time.

       The day after the Bears were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, players returned to Halas Hall for the last time this season to clean out their lockers. Bears running back and special teams player Garrett Wolfe was clearing out roughly 16 pairs of shoes, not counting the one's he was wearing at the time.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Laura Vossbruch talks with fourth graders at Patterson Elementary school in Naperville about slavery and the underground railroad in the United States.

       Laura Vossbruch talks with fourth graders at Patterson Elementary school in Naperville about slavery and the underground railroad in the United States.
    Tanit jarusan | Staff Photographer

 

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