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  • Oscar Medina, 7, of Hanover Park is all smiles as he rides in the Mexican Independence Day parade in Hanover Park on Saturday.

       Oscar Medina, 7, of Hanover Park is all smiles as he rides in the Mexican Independence Day parade in Hanover Park on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cindy Stoeckel of Palatine (middle) is crowned queen of Octoberfest as they kick off the Palatine Rotary event on Friday.

       Cindy Stoeckel of Palatine (middle) is crowned queen of Octoberfest as they kick off the Palatine Rotary event on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Special Talents America finalist Mia Strayer, 21, of Rockford, plays the harp in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on Friday. Mia, who is blind and has cerebral palsy, will perform at Wentz Hall with 13 other contestants in the talent competition on November 5.

       Special Talents America finalist Mia Strayer, 21, of Rockford, plays the harp in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on Friday. Mia, who is blind and has cerebral palsy, will perform at Wentz Hall with 13 other contestants in the talent competition on November 5.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Teagan Pahl of Lisle makes rope during Depot Day's in Lisle Saturday. Depot days offered fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

       Teagan Pahl of Lisle makes rope during Depot Day's in Lisle Saturday. Depot days offered fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Lucas Oldham, 6, of Geneva has lift off with his biplane kite during Geneva Park District's annual Kite Festival at Peck Farm Park on Saturday, September 15. Lucas attended the event with his father, Michael, and mother, Tania, for the first time.

       Lucas Oldham, 6, of Geneva has lift off with his biplane kite during Geneva Park District's annual Kite Festival at Peck Farm Park on Saturday, September 15. Lucas attended the event with his father, Michael, and mother, Tania, for the first time.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mikey Morel, 13, of Hampshire tries deep fried Oreos at West Dundee´s Heritage Fest in West Dundee on Saturday, September 15.

       Mikey Morel, 13, of Hampshire tries deep fried Oreos at West Dundee´s Heritage Fest in West Dundee on Saturday, September 15.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A traffic accident of Lego trucks blocks an intersection during the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club display Sunday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Adults and children alike watched in amazement at all of the custom creations, vignettes and Lego mayhem as Lego trains ran through cities, villages and scenes from popular movies.

       A traffic accident of Lego trucks blocks an intersection during the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club display Sunday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Adults and children alike watched in amazement at all of the custom creations, vignettes and Lego mayhem as Lego trains ran through cities, villages and scenes from popular movies.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Buster Cleveland, 8, from the Ho Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, plays the drum during the 59th Annual American Indian Center Pow Wow Sunday at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. The event featured Native American dance competition, Native skateboarding demo, singers, artists, food vendors, storytelling, and archery.

       Buster Cleveland, 8, from the Ho Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, plays the drum during the 59th Annual American Indian Center Pow Wow Sunday at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. The event featured Native American dance competition, Native skateboarding demo, singers, artists, food vendors, storytelling, and archery.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • An albino Burmese python slithers in the grass as part of Dave NiNaso's "Traveling World of Reptiles" during the annual Prairie Day in Lombard at Terrace View Park, Sunday.

       An albino Burmese python slithers in the grass as part of Dave NiNaso's "Traveling World of Reptiles" during the annual Prairie Day in Lombard at Terrace View Park, Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Runners cast long shadows in the early sun in St. Charles Sunday morning at the start of the Fox Valley Marathon.

       Runners cast long shadows in the early sun in St. Charles Sunday morning at the start of the Fox Valley Marathon.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Matthew Fuller, 10, Hank Smith, 11, and Nathan Hilkenann, 10, wore painted boxes with lighted eyes on First Street in St. Charles Sunday morning at the start of the Fox Valley Marathon. The top 30 finishers qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon. There was also a half marathon and a Final Fall 20 mile race.

       Matthew Fuller, 10, Hank Smith, 11, and Nathan Hilkenann, 10, wore painted boxes with lighted eyes on First Street in St. Charles Sunday morning at the start of the Fox Valley Marathon. The top 30 finishers qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon. There was also a half marathon and a Final Fall 20 mile race.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin visits Edwin Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, which was named after him in 1971. Here being greeted outside school upon his arrival.

       Astronaut Buzz Aldrin visits Edwin Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, which was named after him in 1971. Here being greeted outside school upon his arrival.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin visits Edwin Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, which was named after him in 1971. Here greeting students upon arrival.

       Astronaut Buzz Aldrin visits Edwin Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, which was named after him in 1971. Here greeting students upon arrival.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Pediatric physical therapist Laura Basi gives her week-old son Wiliam a massage in their Batavia home Monday.

       Pediatric physical therapist Laura Basi gives her week-old son Wiliam a massage in their Batavia home Monday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Basith Meer of Lincolnshire says the Oath of Allegiance during the Naturalization Oath Ceremony Monday at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. Mano a Mano Family Resource Center in partnership with the Round Lake Area Public Library will hosted the event.

       Basith Meer of Lincolnshire says the Oath of Allegiance during the Naturalization Oath Ceremony Monday at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. Mano a Mano Family Resource Center in partnership with the Round Lake Area Public Library will hosted the event.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Around 100 people became United States citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center.

       Around 100 people became United States citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fabiola Carrillo of Villa Park is one of the best Tae Kwon Do athletes around. She practices at Xcellent Taekwondo Center in Dixmoor. she hopes to be in the 2016 Olympics.

       Fabiola Carrillo of Villa Park is one of the best Tae Kwon Do athletes around. She practices at Xcellent Taekwondo Center in Dixmoor. she hopes to be in the 2016 Olympics.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Salvatore, right, and Valentino are feeling pretty relaxed in their new home, the new bobcat exhibit at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton.

       Salvatore, right, and Valentino are feeling pretty relaxed in their new home, the new bobcat exhibit at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • September Larson, of Lindenhurst, holds her niece, Lucy Lewis, as she reaches for bubbles during the Beach Party Tuesday at Lake Villa District Library. Award-winning musician Dave Rudolf entertained children and adults with music and dance as children learn to hula dance and limbo.

       September Larson, of Lindenhurst, holds her niece, Lucy Lewis, as she reaches for bubbles during the Beach Party Tuesday at Lake Villa District Library. Award-winning musician Dave Rudolf entertained children and adults with music and dance as children learn to hula dance and limbo.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Cupcakes and Halloween candy on Thursday, September 20. 2012.

       Cupcakes and Halloween candy on Thursday, September 20. 2012.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Serendipity band member and lead singer Josie Treffy, 15, of South Elgin sings for her fans at Durty Nellie's in Palatine in a half an hour show on Thursday.

       Serendipity band member and lead singer Josie Treffy, 15, of South Elgin sings for her fans at Durty Nellie's in Palatine in a half an hour show on Thursday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Grove Avenue School teacher Michelle Jackson celebrates after receiving surprise recognition by Symetra and the Chicago Bears through the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program.

       Grove Avenue School teacher Michelle Jackson celebrates after receiving surprise recognition by Symetra and the Chicago Bears through the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 

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