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Joe Boshold, a manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation, marches in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Joe Boshold, a manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation, marches in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Friends and supporters of Republican Congressman Peter Roskam work to carry a large flag in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
  Friends and supporters of Republican Congressman Peter Roskam work to carry a large flag in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Wheaton's VFW Post 2164 members march down Main Street in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
  Wheaton's VFW Post 2164 members march down Main Street in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Robert Ciner from Aurora, sports a patriotic shirt while he watches several relatives march in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
  Robert Ciner from Aurora, sports a patriotic shirt while he watches several relatives march in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
One of many politicians marching Monday, in Wheaton's Independence Day parade is Republican Congressmen Peter Roskam, who walked in front of a huge American flag carried by his friends and supporters.
  One of many politicians marching Monday, in Wheaton's Independence Day parade is Republican Congressmen Peter Roskam, who walked in front of a huge American flag carried by his friends and supporters.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Adorned by U.S. flags, the float from the Midwest Shelter For Homeless Veterans takes part in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
  Adorned by U.S. flags, the float from the Midwest Shelter For Homeless Veterans takes part in Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Glenn Martin watches while his daughter Leah covers her ears from the racket of the Wheaton Fire Department's sirens at Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
  Glenn Martin watches while his daughter Leah covers her ears from the racket of the Wheaton Fire Department's sirens at Wheaton's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Marine, Andrew Pickerill, is the grand marshal of the Villa Park Fourth of July parade. He is home for one month, before returning to Afghanistan.
  Marine, Andrew Pickerill, is the grand marshal of the Villa Park Fourth of July parade. He is home for one month, before returning to Afghanistan.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Jay Eder of Villa Park wears a big hat as he watches the Villa Park parade.
  Jay Eder of Villa Park wears a big hat as he watches the Villa Park parade.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Carly Ruzak is the head baker of the Heavenly Cupcake Shop and also the cupcake driver in the Villa Park Fourth of July parade.
  Carly Ruzak is the head baker of the Heavenly Cupcake Shop and also the cupcake driver in the Villa Park Fourth of July parade.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Cornell Simon heats barbecue sauce during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest. Simon is from Porky N Beans of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
  Cornell Simon heats barbecue sauce during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest. Simon is from Porky N Beans of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Carolyn Angiollo, 14, of Palatine enjoys eating a rib during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest.
  Carolyn Angiollo, 14, of Palatine enjoys eating a rib during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Kristin Logemann, 8, of Naperville tests out her carnival winnings on her father, George Logemann, left, during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest.
  Kristin Logemann, 8, of Naperville tests out her carnival winnings on her father, George Logemann, left, during the final day of Naperville's Ribfest.
Daniel white | Staff Photographer
Cub Scouts from Glen Ellyn Pack 52 turn the corner in their go-carts onto Main Street in Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade.
  Cub Scouts from Glen Ellyn Pack 52 turn the corner in their go-carts onto Main Street in Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
The Glen Ellyn Fire Department's color guard leads Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade, followed by many of the department's fire engines with sirens blaring.
  The Glen Ellyn Fire Department's color guard leads Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade, followed by many of the department's fire engines with sirens blaring.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Jeffrey Syme from Winfield, shows his solemn patriotic side at Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade.
  Jeffrey Syme from Winfield, shows his solemn patriotic side at Glen Ellyn's Independence Day parade.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
The Prospect High School marching band plays during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
  The Prospect High School marching band plays during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Leo Rule, 12, left and Tyler Frank, 11, both of Arlington Heights, toss a disc before the start of the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Leo Rule, 12, left and Tyler Frank, 11, both of Arlington Heights, toss a disc before the start of the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Emily Schulstad, 10, of Arlington Heights is bedecked for the day as she waits for the village's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Emily Schulstad, 10, of Arlington Heights is bedecked for the day as she waits for the village's Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
The Rolling Meadows High School marching band plays during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
  The Rolling Meadows High School marching band plays during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Drew Phillips, 5, of Arlington Heights catches candy in his Uncle Sam hat during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Drew Phillips, 5, of Arlington Heights catches candy in his Uncle Sam hat during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
It's no ordinary float. Mark Giancola of Arlington Heights drives a casket during the parade Monday.
  It's no ordinary float. Mark Giancola of Arlington Heights drives a casket during the parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Grupo Folklorica Quetzal dances in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Grupo Folklorica Quetzal dances in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Guy Conenna has a laugh with Abe and the crowd while riding on Cub Scout Pack 100's float in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Guy Conenna has a laugh with Abe and the crowd while riding on Cub Scout Pack 100's float in the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates resident Doug Wagner portrays Uncle Sam in the Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Hoffman Estates resident Doug Wagner portrays Uncle Sam in the Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Lady Liberty aka Angela Anzalone, 13, gets a cellphone call while riding on Cub Scout Pack 100's float in the Hoffman Estates parade on Monday. When liberty rings, don't you have to answer it?
  Lady Liberty aka Angela Anzalone, 13, gets a cellphone call while riding on Cub Scout Pack 100's float in the Hoffman Estates parade on Monday. When liberty rings, don't you have to answer it?
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Amanda Mattson, 5, of Mount Prospect holds her candy bag while watching the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Amanda Mattson, 5, of Mount Prospect holds her candy bag while watching the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Chloe Boduch, 10 months, watches the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade with her mom, Liz, Monday.
  Chloe Boduch, 10 months, watches the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade with her mom, Liz, Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
The Prospect High School marching band plays during the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
  The Prospect High School marching band plays during the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Garrett Hornak, 9, of Kildeer holds his hat out for candy during the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Garrett Hornak, 9, of Kildeer holds his hat out for candy during the Mount Prospect Fourth of July parade Monday.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Taylor Meyer, 3, of Wheeling rides her three-wheeler in the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
  Taylor Meyer, 3, of Wheeling rides her three-wheeler in the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Julia Machowska, 5, rides her bike while her sister, Emily, 3, pushes hers, while participating in the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
  Julia Machowska, 5, rides her bike while her sister, Emily, 3, pushes hers, while participating in the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Zgi Zgi, a shitzsu owned by Stephanie Moberg, takesa break from the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
  Zgi Zgi, a shitzsu owned by Stephanie Moberg, takesa break from the Sis Boom Bike and Pet Parade during the Wheeling Park District 50th anniversary/Independence Day Celebration.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Thousands lined Main Street in Barrington for the Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Thousands lined Main Street in Barrington for the Fourth of July parade Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Members of Nuevas Dance in Barrington dance while marching in the Barrington Fourth of July parade traveling east on Main Street on Monday.
  Members of Nuevas Dance in Barrington dance while marching in the Barrington Fourth of July parade traveling east on Main Street on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Color guard leads the way in the Barrington Fourth of July parade traveling east on Main Street on Monday.
  Color guard leads the way in the Barrington Fourth of July parade traveling east on Main Street on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Jessie White Tumblers performed at the Barrington Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Jessie White Tumblers performed at the Barrington Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Dancers with Rolling Meadows Park District Dance Company march in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Dancers with Rolling Meadows Park District Dance Company march in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Rolling Meadows High School floggers march in front of the school's marching band in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Rolling Meadows High School floggers march in front of the school's marching band in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Waterloo German Bands float had bubbles coming out of the roof in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
  Waterloo German Bands float had bubbles coming out of the roof in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade on Monday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
3-year-old Chloe Coffey of Lake in the Hills rides her decorated trike along the route during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday. Her grandparents live in nearby West Dundee.
  3-year-old Chloe Coffey of Lake in the Hills rides her decorated trike along the route during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday. Her grandparents live in nearby West Dundee.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
5-year-old Jake Kenefick of West Dundee waves to a police car as it passes during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  5-year-old Jake Kenefick of West Dundee waves to a police car as it passes during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
While others scurry or hide, T.J. Stoutemire, 7, of West Dundee embraces the cool shower sprayed on the crowd by a Rutland-Dundee fire truck during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  While others scurry or hide, T.J. Stoutemire, 7, of West Dundee embraces the cool shower sprayed on the crowd by a Rutland-Dundee fire truck during Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
The South Elgin High School Band performed at the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade. The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street.
  The South Elgin High School Band performed at the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade. The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street.
Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer
The Ambition Dance & Performing Arts of South Elgin, danced their way through the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade down Spring Street.
  The Ambition Dance & Performing Arts of South Elgin, danced their way through the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade down Spring Street.
Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer
The South Elgin Fourth of July Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street in South Elgin.
  The South Elgin Fourth of July Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street in South Elgin.
Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer
National Karate of South Elgin location rides in the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade. The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street.
  National Karate of South Elgin location rides in the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade. The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. down Spring Street.
Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer
Sarah Ingram of South Elgin cheers on her three year old son, Colton Ingram of South Elgin, for catching a flying disk at the South Elgin Fourth of July parade.
  Sarah Ingram of South Elgin cheers on her three year old son, Colton Ingram of South Elgin, for catching a flying disk at the South Elgin Fourth of July parade.
Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer
3-year-old Rob Hendershott of Elgin looks on in wonder as a group of gymnasts tumble past during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  3-year-old Rob Hendershott of Elgin looks on in wonder as a group of gymnasts tumble past during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Spectators wave hands and flags during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Spectators wave hands and flags during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
American Legion Post 57 members lead the way with the American flag during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  American Legion Post 57 members lead the way with the American flag during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Larnell White, 13, of Chicago leads the South Shore Drill Team along the parade route during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Larnell White, 13, of Chicago leads the South Shore Drill Team along the parade route during Elgin's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Adam Spisak, 4, of Lake Villa covers his ears as he watches the fire engines go by with his dad, Joe, during the Antioch Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Adam Spisak, 4, of Lake Villa covers his ears as he watches the fire engines go by with his dad, Joe, during the Antioch Fourth of July parade Monday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
U.S. Army Col. Paul Hettich hands out flags during the Antioch Fourth of July parade Monday. Hettich has spent three tours in Iraq and is scheduled to go to Afghanistan.
  U.S. Army Col. Paul Hettich hands out flags during the Antioch Fourth of July parade Monday. Hettich has spent three tours in Iraq and is scheduled to go to Afghanistan.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Rory McGovern and the rest of the Lawn Chair Dads Drill Team perform their routine along Deerpath Drive during the Vernon Hills Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Rory McGovern and the rest of the Lawn Chair Dads Drill Team perform their routine along Deerpath Drive during the Vernon Hills Fourth of July parade Monday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Caden Longdon, 4, watches the parade dressed in holiday clothes along Deerpath Drive during the Vernon Hills Fourth of July parade Monday.
  Caden Longdon, 4, watches the parade dressed in holiday clothes along Deerpath Drive during the Vernon Hills Fourth of July parade Monday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky marches in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky marches in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
Classic Cavaliers march down Center Street playing patriotic tunes in the Des Plaines Fourth of July Parade.
Classic Cavaliers march down Center Street playing patriotic tunes in the Des Plaines Fourth of July Parade.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn walks down Center Street in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn walks down Center Street in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
The Des Plaines Public Library Librarians handed out library card forms and information about their summer reading programs in the 2011 Independence Day Parade in Des Plaines.
The Des Plaines Public Library Librarians handed out library card forms and information about their summer reading programs in the 2011 Independence Day Parade in Des Plaines.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
The National Champions Jazz Steppers Drill Team and Drum Corps perform for the crowds in the 2011 Independence Day Parade in Des Plaines.
The National Champions Jazz Steppers Drill Team and Drum Corps perform for the crowds in the 2011 Independence Day Parade in Des Plaines.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
State Representative Rosemary Mulligan, 65th district, rides in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
State Representative Rosemary Mulligan, 65th district, rides in the Des Plaines 2011 Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Haring
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