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Fox Valley People of the Year, 2012

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Jeff Turner's In the Neighborhood Deli has become a gathering place for many people to enjoy good food and good company. Turner, known in Elgin for his service to the community and the free holiday dinners he organizes, was named one of the 10 Outstanding Young People of 2012 by the Illinois Jaycees.

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Kalin Koychev in his home in Wheeling one week before he donated his kidney to Nathan Saavedra, 4, from Carpentersville.

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Belle Staurowsky of Oakwood Hills is the founder of Green Tara Project, which teaches self-defense to girls at risk of becoming sex slaves.

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Tina Hill, McHenry County Board chairman.

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Bill Foster gives his acceptance speech after winning the 11th Congressional district election.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

New Kane County Chief Judge Judith M. Brawka

Cliff McIlvaine of St. Charles in 2011, at his home. He was found in contempt of court this year over his long-running home-improvement project.

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Jacobs High School graduate Evan Jager celebrates after winning the men's 3000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials June 28 in Eugene, Or.

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Love Elgin Day was initiated by Pastor Jeorge Holmes, an Elgin native who provided leadership at area churches between 2005 and 2010.

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Jaime Garcia is executive director and co-founder of Centro de Informacion in Elgin, which recently marked its 40th anniversary.

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Rene Cruz hugs his father Florencio after being sworn in as Kane County's first Hispanic judge at a ceremony at the Kane County branch court in Geneva.

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St. Charles mayor Don DeWitte

Lisa Hichens, Batavia's next schools superintendent.

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A man who donated a kidney to save the life of someone he'd never met. A local high school graduate competing in the Olympics. A mayor retiring from public service after 20 years. They were among people making headlines in the Fox Valley in 2012.
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