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  • Sonia Albarran of Elgin tries to comfort her son Xavier Marques, 2, while visiting Santa during the Elgin Home for the Holidays, event Saturday November 3, 2012 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

       Sonia Albarran of Elgin tries to comfort her son Xavier Marques, 2, while visiting Santa during the Elgin Home for the Holidays, event Saturday November 3, 2012 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Barton, right, who lives at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton, turned 71 Friday. That wouldn't ordinarily be news, except that she has Down syndrome and might be the oldest person with that affliction. Her sister, Barbara Doerschuk, center, from West Chicago, was on hand to show photos of Crystal to her, and friends at the Center and to sing Happy Birthday. Manager of Recreation Therapy, Susan Coblentz, left, organized the birthday party for residents with two kinds of cake and ice cream.

       Crystal Barton, right, who lives at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton, turned 71 Friday. That wouldn't ordinarily be news, except that she has Down syndrome and might be the oldest person with that affliction. Her sister, Barbara Doerschuk, center, from West Chicago, was on hand to show photos of Crystal to her, and friends at the Center and to sing Happy Birthday. Manager of Recreation Therapy, Susan Coblentz, left, organized the birthday party for residents with two kinds of cake and ice cream.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • People gather during a vigil for five-year-old Olivia Dworakowski at St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Naperville Friday November 2, 2012. Police say  Elzbieta Plackowska allegedly stabbed her 7-year-old son Justin Plackowski to death, then stabbed 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski who she was baby-sitting to death too earlier this week.

       People gather during a vigil for five-year-old Olivia Dworakowski at St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Naperville Friday November 2, 2012. Police say Elzbieta Plackowska allegedly stabbed her 7-year-old son Justin Plackowski to death, then stabbed 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski who she was baby-sitting to death too earlier this week.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • One section of a final painting by fourth graders at Hampshire Elementary School on Friday, November 2. Artist Larry Schumacher of Janesville, WI, was invited to work with 124 fourth and fifth graders by the parent-run ArtSmart art program. Their tools were fly swatters, toilet brushes, straws and even a squeaky rubber ducky. Each grade made their own painting, and the students were given about 45 seconds each to paint. Schumacher, whose studio is in Beloit, donated his time and ArtSmart provided the supplies. A black tie event will be held on December 7 for the unveiling of their masterpieces.

       One section of a final painting by fourth graders at Hampshire Elementary School on Friday, November 2. Artist Larry Schumacher of Janesville, WI, was invited to work with 124 fourth and fifth graders by the parent-run ArtSmart art program. Their tools were fly swatters, toilet brushes, straws and even a squeaky rubber ducky. Each grade made their own painting, and the students were given about 45 seconds each to paint. Schumacher, whose studio is in Beloit, donated his time and ArtSmart provided the supplies. A black tie event will be held on December 7 for the unveiling of their masterpieces.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Olivia Lehocky, 6, left, and Olivia Tran, 5, both of Vernon Hills, watch the flight of their pumpkin, which they launched using a trebuchet, during the Vernon Hills Park District Pumpkin Launch at the Century Park North sled hill Saturday.

       Olivia Lehocky, 6, left, and Olivia Tran, 5, both of Vernon Hills, watch the flight of their pumpkin, which they launched using a trebuchet, during the Vernon Hills Park District Pumpkin Launch at the Century Park North sled hill Saturday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Teresa Chow Hauser with the Village of Streamwood Community Relations Commission gives Alexis Hill, 6, center, a thumbs-up after Hill and other members of Somos Columbia Dance Group, preformed during the commission's community "Cultures of Our Community" event at Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood on Saturday, November 3.

       Teresa Chow Hauser with the Village of Streamwood Community Relations Commission gives Alexis Hill, 6, center, a thumbs-up after Hill and other members of Somos Columbia Dance Group, preformed during the commission's community "Cultures of Our Community" event at Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood on Saturday, November 3.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Tim and Donna O'Connor of Wheeling make boxes that are to be loaded with holiday meals as more than 100 employees from Jewel-Osco volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva Saturday. Itīs the kickoff to a six-week program during which the food bank will pack more than 30,000 holiday meals for the less fortunate.

       Tim and Donna O'Connor of Wheeling make boxes that are to be loaded with holiday meals as more than 100 employees from Jewel-Osco volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva Saturday. Itīs the kickoff to a six-week program during which the food bank will pack more than 30,000 holiday meals for the less fortunate.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Noel Dagley of Bartlett, with Breeze, a two-time cancer surviving husky talks to the crowd before the 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up IL Walk for Canine Cancer Saturday November 3, 2012 at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee.

       Noel Dagley of Bartlett, with Breeze, a two-time cancer surviving husky talks to the crowd before the 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up IL Walk for Canine Cancer Saturday November 3, 2012 at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Senator Mark Kirk smiles and accepts his medal as he comes out of the stairwell on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower Sunday during a benefit climb for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Kirk has been recovering from a stroke and working with RIC Physical Therapist Michael Klonowski, right.

       Senator Mark Kirk smiles and accepts his medal as he comes out of the stairwell on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower Sunday during a benefit climb for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Kirk has been recovering from a stroke and working with RIC Physical Therapist Michael Klonowski, right.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Multiple fire departments work on extinguishing a fire in the in the 1200 block of Kings Circle in the Timber Lake apartments of West Chicago.

      Multiple fire departments work on extinguishing a fire in the in the 1200 block of Kings Circle in the Timber Lake apartments of West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Jaski, 1, of Chicago is dressed as a pink pig at the Halloween Spooktacular Wednesday morning at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

       Ashley Jaski, 1, of Chicago is dressed as a pink pig at the Halloween Spooktacular Wednesday morning at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The Spice Girls, Michelle Anderson of Naperville, Julia Smarto of Bartlett, Rachel Giagnorio of Rolling Meadows, Kelly Neville of Naperville and Allie Ravin-Hansen of Bartlett, perform a dance number at the Special Talents America concert at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on Monday. Fourteen special needs residents from the Midwest performed, with a judging panel that included Jim Peterik of Ides of March and Survivor and Fergie Frederiksen of Toto. Vocalist Lisa McClowry was the host of the event.

       The Spice Girls, Michelle Anderson of Naperville, Julia Smarto of Bartlett, Rachel Giagnorio of Rolling Meadows, Kelly Neville of Naperville and Allie Ravin-Hansen of Bartlett, perform a dance number at the Special Talents America concert at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on Monday. Fourteen special needs residents from the Midwest performed, with a judging panel that included Jim Peterik of Ides of March and Survivor and Fergie Frederiksen of Toto. Vocalist Lisa McClowry was the host of the event.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Third-grader Denis Webster spikes a football after getting a short pass from Chicago Bears' cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman who was visiting students at Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village on Wednesday, November 6. Tillman, quarterback Jason Campbell, and center/guard Roberto Garza were at the school for the filming of a national TV feature for NFL Play 60 and Kinect for Xbox 360

       Third-grader Denis Webster spikes a football after getting a short pass from Chicago Bears' cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman who was visiting students at Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village on Wednesday, November 6. Tillman, quarterback Jason Campbell, and center/guard Roberto Garza were at the school for the filming of a national TV feature for NFL Play 60 and Kinect for Xbox 360
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Michelle Mussman hugs her husband George after receiving word that she won re-election in the 56th District state congressional race at her campaign headquarters in Schaumburg Tuesday.

       Michelle Mussman hugs her husband George after receiving word that she won re-election in the 56th District state congressional race at her campaign headquarters in Schaumburg Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert talks to the media after conceding her 11th Congressional district race to Bill Foster.

       U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert talks to the media after conceding her 11th Congressional district race to Bill Foster.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Republican Jeanne Ives candidate for the 42nd House District at Wok n' Fire in Wheaton Tuesday. She was there to watch election results come in and celebrate her victory.

       Republican Jeanne Ives candidate for the 42nd House District at Wok n' Fire in Wheaton Tuesday. She was there to watch election results come in and celebrate her victory.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Rep. Randy Hultgren talks with supporter John O'Neill of McHenry at his campaign headquarters in St. Charles Tuesday night.

       Rep. Randy Hultgren talks with supporter John O'Neill of McHenry at his campaign headquarters in St. Charles Tuesday night.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • State House 59 candidate Carol Sente gets a hug from canvasser Chris Banville of Wonder Lake.

       State House 59 candidate Carol Sente gets a hug from canvasser Chris Banville of Wonder Lake.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Republican candidate Mike Nerheim hand is lifted in victory by supporter Tom Briscoe before he gave his victory speech at Tacos El Norte in Gurnee Tuesday after he won the Lake County State's Attorney race.

       Republican candidate Mike Nerheim hand is lifted in victory by supporter Tom Briscoe before he gave his victory speech at Tacos El Norte in Gurnee Tuesday after he won the Lake County State's Attorney race.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Dold supporter Richard Stein of Glenview watches the election returns on his phone at Dold headquarters in Lincolnshire at Viper Alley Tuesday night.

       Dold supporter Richard Stein of Glenview watches the election returns on his phone at Dold headquarters in Lincolnshire at Viper Alley Tuesday night.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Preschool student Emily Horbus, 3, places her ballot in the box after voting for a president in a mock election Tuesday at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Hawthorn Woods. Students have been learning about the voting process and the candidates and around 115 students and teachers voted.

       Preschool student Emily Horbus, 3, places her ballot in the box after voting for a president in a mock election Tuesday at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Hawthorn Woods. Students have been learning about the voting process and the candidates and around 115 students and teachers voted.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Children try to catch simulated snow during a magic show that announced the start of the Santa Claus parade at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Thursday.

       Children try to catch simulated snow during a magic show that announced the start of the Santa Claus parade at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Thursday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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  • Ethan Rejmenczak, 1, of Naperville walks among waving flags of the "Healing Field of Honor" at Naperville's Rotary Hill.

       Ethan Rejmenczak, 1, of Naperville walks among waving flags of the "Healing Field of Honor" at Naperville's Rotary Hill.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Three-year-old William Tanguay, of Grayslake, tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas after Santa arrived at Gurnee Mills Thursday. Kids can visit Santa Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

       Three-year-old William Tanguay, of Grayslake, tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas after Santa arrived at Gurnee Mills Thursday. Kids can visit Santa Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 

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