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Allison Barton of Elk Grove Village crawls in mud during the Eat Dirt Mud Run at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington in September.
  Allison Barton of Elk Grove Village crawls in mud during the Eat Dirt Mud Run at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington in September.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
A sectional boys soccer matchup between Grayslake Central and Antioch took place in a total downpour.
  A sectional boys soccer matchup between Grayslake Central and Antioch took place in a total downpour.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Schaumburg defensive back Edwin Kelly reflects on the field after the clock expired with Glenbard West defeating Schaumburg in a quarterfinal playoff game.
  Schaumburg defensive back Edwin Kelly reflects on the field after the clock expired with Glenbard West defeating Schaumburg in a quarterfinal playoff game.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Wauconda resident Tom Gorski utilized a beautiful fall morning by fishing on Bangs Lake. Gorski used hip waders to get a little farther out in the water.
  Wauconda resident Tom Gorski utilized a beautiful fall morning by fishing on Bangs Lake. Gorski used hip waders to get a little farther out in the water.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Countryside firefighters maneuver through a smoke filled building during search and rescue training at the former Pier One Imports in Vernon Hills.
  Countryside firefighters maneuver through a smoke filled building during search and rescue training at the former Pier One Imports in Vernon Hills.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Vitali Smarhun, of Chicago, gets close with a boa constrictor from The Chicago Herpetological Society during the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
  Vitali Smarhun, of Chicago, gets close with a boa constrictor from The Chicago Herpetological Society during the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Firefighter Jason Stockton, of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department, assists residents Arlene Marshack, right, as other firefighters help her husband, Martin, and homeowner Wendy Kritt along Lincolnshire Drive after flooding overwhelmed the neighborhood in Lincolnshire.
  Firefighter Jason Stockton, of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department, assists residents Arlene Marshack, right, as other firefighters help her husband, Martin, and homeowner Wendy Kritt along Lincolnshire Drive after flooding overwhelmed the neighborhood in Lincolnshire.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Lake County Forest Preserve District biologists, in cooperation with Lincoln Park Zoo, released rare and elusive meadow jumping mice at the Rollins Savanna near Grayslake to help restore their population.
  Lake County Forest Preserve District biologists, in cooperation with Lincoln Park Zoo, released rare and elusive meadow jumping mice at the Rollins Savanna near Grayslake to help restore their population.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Carmel players celebrate their Class 4A regional final volleyball win over Glenbrook South in Mundelein.
  Carmel players celebrate their Class 4A regional final volleyball win over Glenbrook South in Mundelein.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A pedestrians navigates freshly-shoveled sidewalks in downtown Libertyville after a snowfall.
  A pedestrians navigates freshly-shoveled sidewalks in downtown Libertyville after a snowfall.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Light fixtures and conduit hang from the ceiling of a former PNC Bank at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. The bank was demolished and stripped for recyclable materials as part of the ongoing improvements of the intersection.
  Light fixtures and conduit hang from the ceiling of a former PNC Bank at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. The bank was demolished and stripped for recyclable materials as part of the ongoing improvements of the intersection.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Libertyville's Morgan O'Brien (4) and Rhiannon Prentiss (16) celebrate a point on their way to defeating Zion-Benton in the first game of a volleyball match in Libertyville.
  Libertyville's Morgan O'Brien (4) and Rhiannon Prentiss (16) celebrate a point on their way to defeating Zion-Benton in the first game of a volleyball match in Libertyville.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Mike Ullrich of Lake in the Hills and his fellow Sears employees teamed up with Warner Brothers on a theatrical integration to set a new world record and celebrate the opening of "Man of Steel" movie in Hoffman Estates.
  Mike Ullrich of Lake in the Hills and his fellow Sears employees teamed up with Warner Brothers on a theatrical integration to set a new world record and celebrate the opening of "Man of Steel" movie in Hoffman Estates.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Juan Corona carries his granddaughter, Delanee Hernandez, 9, on his back from her flooded house in Wheeling after storms dumped over five inches of water on the matter of hours.
  Juan Corona carries his granddaughter, Delanee Hernandez, 9, on his back from her flooded house in Wheeling after storms dumped over five inches of water on the matter of hours.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Antioch's Danny Brito, from left, Krystian Streit, Danny Lonski and Iven Hernandez react after losing to St. Ignatius 1-0 during the Class 2A supersectional soccer match at Stevenson High School.
  Antioch's Danny Brito, from left, Krystian Streit, Danny Lonski and Iven Hernandez react after losing to St. Ignatius 1-0 during the Class 2A supersectional soccer match at Stevenson High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Bullrider Rod McKoewn is thrown from a bull during the Professional Championship Bullrider's World Tour Finale V at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates last February.
Bullrider Rod McKoewn is thrown from a bull during the Professional Championship Bullrider's World Tour Finale V at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates last February.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Barrington's Catherine Byron shoots while sandwiched between Hersey's Jill Hoffman, foreground, and Katie Lindholm in Barrington.
  Barrington's Catherine Byron shoots while sandwiched between Hersey's Jill Hoffman, foreground, and Katie Lindholm in Barrington.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Warren's Megan Sowa slides under the tag of Grayslake North catcher Kaitlyn Olsen during the Class 4A regional semifinal softball game in Gurnee.
  Warren's Megan Sowa slides under the tag of Grayslake North catcher Kaitlyn Olsen during the Class 4A regional semifinal softball game in Gurnee.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
A possible lightning strike at this house on Terra Vita Drive in Barrington forced the family out of the house. Fire departments from the Northwest suburbs were called in for the fire.
  A possible lightning strike at this house on Terra Vita Drive in Barrington forced the family out of the house. Fire departments from the Northwest suburbs were called in for the fire.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Robert Blaine with Chicago R&B Kings plays during an outdoor summer concert at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.
  Robert Blaine with Chicago R&B Kings plays during an outdoor summer concert at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Batavia's Nick Bernabei is unable to stop this one-handed pass play with Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell running for a touchdown during the Class 6A football playoffs in Rolling Meadows.
  Batavia's Nick Bernabei is unable to stop this one-handed pass play with Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell running for a touchdown during the Class 6A football playoffs in Rolling Meadows.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Gurnee resident John Howe salutes during the playing of the National Anthem during Gurnee's Memorial Day ceremony.
  Gurnee resident John Howe salutes during the playing of the National Anthem during Gurnee's Memorial Day ceremony.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Sabrina O'Dowd, from left, Kaila Husk, Angelica Torres, and Shiloh Lampkin with Round Lake High School chorus group Mental Notes use their smart phones to light their music books as they sing Christmas songs at the Village of Round Lake Beach annual tree lighting.
  Sabrina O'Dowd, from left, Kaila Husk, Angelica Torres, and Shiloh Lampkin with Round Lake High School chorus group Mental Notes use their smart phones to light their music books as they sing Christmas songs at the Village of Round Lake Beach annual tree lighting.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Rebecca Cavanaugh rides in a canoe pushed by her aunt, Tina Dace, of Evanston and her sister, Robin, as they depart from the Cavanaugh's grandparents home in during flooding in Des Plaines.
  Rebecca Cavanaugh rides in a canoe pushed by her aunt, Tina Dace, of Evanston and her sister, Robin, as they depart from the Cavanaugh's grandparents home in during flooding in Des Plaines.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Deer walk through the woods at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary after a winter storm hit the area in Lake County.
  Deer walk through the woods at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary after a winter storm hit the area in Lake County.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Ted Tworek, left, helps his daughter, Alison, and wife Donna, get to higher ground with the assistance of Antonio Tenner in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines.
  Ted Tworek, left, helps his daughter, Alison, and wife Donna, get to higher ground with the assistance of Antonio Tenner in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Mike Burke of Vernon Hills enjoys unseasonably warm weather while sitting with his dogs at the Lake County Forest Preserves' dog exercise area near Wauconda.
  Mike Burke of Vernon Hills enjoys unseasonably warm weather while sitting with his dogs at the Lake County Forest Preserves' dog exercise area near Wauconda.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Harold Bergman, 97, of Hoffman Estates sits in his backyard catching the cool air flowing up from the cellar on a hot summer day.
  Harold Bergman, 97, of Hoffman Estates sits in his backyard catching the cool air flowing up from the cellar on a hot summer day.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Governor Pat Quinn gives Schaumburg's Erin Merryn a hug after signing Erin's Law at Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates in January. Erin advocated for the law in her name which mandates that schools statewide teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention classes.
  Governor Pat Quinn gives Schaumburg's Erin Merryn a hug after signing Erin's Law at Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates in January. Erin advocated for the law in her name which mandates that schools statewide teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention classes.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Francis Cardinal George rides through the hallways, blessing the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates.
  Francis Cardinal George rides through the hallways, blessing the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Zachary De Pue with Time for Three, a classically-trained garage band, plays the violin at Tefft Middle School in Streamwood.
  Zachary De Pue with Time for Three, a classically-trained garage band, plays the violin at Tefft Middle School in Streamwood.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
The Chicago Blackhawks coaches bus moves along the parade route heading to Grant Park for the Stanley Cup victory celebration.
  The Chicago Blackhawks coaches bus moves along the parade route heading to Grant Park for the Stanley Cup victory celebration.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Efrain Baez of Des Plaines crawls out the trunk of his Volkswagen after getting stuck in the flooded intersection of Rand and Wilson in Des Plaines.
  Efrain Baez of Des Plaines crawls out the trunk of his Volkswagen after getting stuck in the flooded intersection of Rand and Wilson in Des Plaines.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Warren Township High School senior outfielder Megan Sowa using a technique called painting with light in our Libertyville lighting studio for her Daily Herald's Lake County all-area softball team captain portrait.
  Warren Township High School senior outfielder Megan Sowa using a technique called painting with light in our Libertyville lighting studio for her Daily Herald's Lake County all-area softball team captain portrait.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Pilot Brian Anderson gently positions himself inches above the 130-foot tower so that ComEd lineman Ron Kellett can get back in the helicopter after swapping out the old porcelain insulator string for new glass insulators.
  Pilot Brian Anderson gently positions himself inches above the 130-foot tower so that ComEd lineman Ron Kellett can get back in the helicopter after swapping out the old porcelain insulator string for new glass insulators.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Vernon Hills police officer Sharon Joseph has her head shaved during the St. Baldricks charity event at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Her hair, as well as that of her nine-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, was donated to Locks of Love.
  Vernon Hills police officer Sharon Joseph has her head shaved during the St. Baldricks charity event at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Her hair, as well as that of her nine-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, was donated to Locks of Love.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Caroline Provost, left, has lunch with friend Cece Gray at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows.
  Caroline Provost, left, has lunch with friend Cece Gray at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Alicia Williams of Lake Villa ends up in a tub of suds at the end of the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce 5K Mud Run at Caboose Park in Lake Villa.
  Alicia Williams of Lake Villa ends up in a tub of suds at the end of the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce 5K Mud Run at Caboose Park in Lake Villa.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
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