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Weekend in Review: Talent contest continues; fundraiser for firefighters

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  • Andrew Johnston of Bourbonnais sings during the second round of performers from the finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summer long talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

       Andrew Johnston of Bourbonnais sings during the second round of performers from the finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summer long talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer


Judges wowed by finalists in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition

Southern-flavored rock 'n' roll, jazz piano and beatboxing were among the talents on display Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The acts represented half of the finalists in this year's Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, an event presented by the Daily Herald and co-sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Full story.

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