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Images: Near record heat hits the suburbs

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Gabi Aranza, 11, of Hoffman Estates, left, and Adraina Lee, 6, of Schaumburg cool off during theater camp at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights Thursday as the temperature threatens to his 100 degrees.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

As temperatures push into 100 degree plus readings, Charly Ochoa, left, and Elias Tamayo, right, of Conway Contractors, team up to dig down 42 inches for a footing to anchor a sign at 901 Warrenville Rd. in Lisle.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Snickers, a Corgi mix, eats ice cream at Dairy Dream Thursday in Libertyville with his owner, Joyce Fielding of Libertyville, as away to keep cool in the heat. Temperatures broke 100 degrees for the first time this year.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Conrad Mieszkowski of Chicago waters his plot in the Arlington Heights community garden to protect the plants from the soaring temperatures Thursday.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Teage Bockus, 5, of Elgin immerses himself in a fountain at Otter Cove Splash Park in St. Charles as temperatures reached the mid-90s around the suburbs Thursday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Omar Contreres, 5, of South Elgin, enjoys the water features at Festival Park in Elgin as Temperatures reached into the high 90s Thursday in the Fox Valley area.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

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Andy Katz, left, Jessica Van Roeyen, Grace Ahlgrim, and Dana Kym, all members of the varsity Libertyville High School basketball team, take a break from practice to eat ice cream at Dairy Dream Thursday in Libertyville as away to keep cool in the heat. Temperatures broke 100 degrees for the first time this year.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Construction worker Bruce Burgett rehydrates after a long day in the heat while working on road construction on Route 176 near Wauconda Thursday. "We started at 6 a.m. to beat the heat," said Burgett.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Billy Caruso, 10, of Lombard enjoys an outing at Sea Lion Aquatic Park in Lisle on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Cosley Zoo zookeeper Jenny Theuman brings several Llamas into the shade, as temperatures push into 100 degree plus readings.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Joe Conway braces himself for a bucket full of water from his sons Johnny, 21/2 and Jake, 4, left, as they cool off at Sea Lion Aquatic Park in Lisle on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

10-year-old Charnice Hoegnifioh of Round Lake Beach gets water squirted in her face as she cools off at the Grayslake Park district spray park Thursday as temperatures climbed close to 100 degrees.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Softball instructor Christina Sandstedt goes through a drill with 9-year-old Nina Malak of Hawthorn Woods as the Lake Zurich High School softball camp went indoors to beat the heat Thursday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Jen and Barb Driscoll of Bolingbrook bicycle at Busse Woods Thursday morning despite temperatures already being above 90 degrees. They are in training for a cycling trip this summer in France.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Water drips from a freshly watered flower in Festival Park in Elgin as temperatures reached into the high 90s Thursday in the Fox Valley area.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Dominic Bencini, 6, of Bartlett cools off in the fountain at the Elk Grove Village Towne Center Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

12-year-old Emilyn Najora of Round Lake Beach cools off at the Grayslake Park district spray park Thursday as temperatures climbed close to 100 degrees.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Fans cool the gym as the Lake Zurich High School softball camp went indoors to beat the heat Thursday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Paddy Teglia dumps a bag of fries into a deep fryer Thursday for Mundelien Community Days at the Luke's Sandwich stand. Working on the grill is hot especially on a hot day like today; temperatures were well into the 90s before noon. "I keep cool by drinking lots of water, staying in the shade, and putting ice in my hat, all help me cool off," Teglia said.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Charron Davis uses an umbrella to shield herself from the hot sun as she walks near Peck Farm Park in Geneva Thursday. Davis said she lives in Chicago but stays in Geneva for the summer.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Paddy Teglia grills hot dogs Thursday for Mundelien Community Days at the Luke's Sandwich stand. Working on the grill is hot, especially on a hot day like today. Temperatures were well into the 90s before noon. "I keep cool by drinking lots of water, staying in the shade, and putting ice in my hat, all help me cool off," Teglia said.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

As temperatures push into 100 degree plus readings, Charly Ochoa, takes a water break while he and others dig a footing 42 inches into the ground to anchor a sign at 901 Warrenville Rd. in Lisle.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 6/28/2012 3:45 PM

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Record setting heat hit the suburbs on Thursday. Temperatures near 100 degrees are expected and that will tax your air conditioners and have you looking for places to stay cool.
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