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Fourth grader Maddie Rupert asks a question during a video chat with marine biologist Keith Fischer Monday in the learning center at Butterfield School in Libertyville. The students are studying ecosystems and talked with Fischer, who works with the Fish and Wildlife Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  Fourth grader Maddie Rupert asks a question during a video chat with marine biologist Keith Fischer Monday in the learning center at Butterfield School in Libertyville. The students are studying ecosystems and talked with Fischer, who works with the Fish and Wildlife Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.
  Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
A jet seems to pass through a rainbow as it heads southwest from an Elgin perspective. The unpredictable spring weather always brings opportunities to photograph rainbows. I had a long telephoto lens on my digital Nikon while on assignment when I saw this scene last month. This picture was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
  A jet seems to pass through a rainbow as it heads southwest from an Elgin perspective. The unpredictable spring weather always brings opportunities to photograph rainbows. I had a long telephoto lens on my digital Nikon while on assignment when I saw this scene last month. This picture was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Lightning could be seen as a storm moved through Roselle on Tuesday evening.
  Lightning could be seen as a storm moved through Roselle on Tuesday evening.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Police stop protesters as they walk onto the property at McDonald's campus in Oak Brook on Wednesday. They marched onto the property to call for worker wages of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
  Police stop protesters as they walk onto the property at McDonald's campus in Oak Brook on Wednesday. They marched onto the property to call for worker wages of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Two-year-old Gabriel Nieto, of Round Lake, draws on a snow plow during the first Round Lake Public Works Open House Wednesday. The event featured vehicles from the public works department, the Round Lake Police Department, the Round Lake Area Fire Protection District, and the Lake County Public Works and Lake County Transportation.
  Two-year-old Gabriel Nieto, of Round Lake, draws on a snow plow during the first Round Lake Public Works Open House Wednesday. The event featured vehicles from the public works department, the Round Lake Police Department, the Round Lake Area Fire Protection District, and the Lake County Public Works and Lake County Transportation.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Elgin Mayor David Kaptain kicks off his annual "Walk with the Mayor" program Wednesday evening at Larkin High School. There will be seven more walks through August, and gift cards from Elgin Fresh Market will be raffled out to walkers at each event.
  Elgin Mayor David Kaptain kicks off his annual "Walk with the Mayor" program Wednesday evening at Larkin High School. There will be seven more walks through August, and gift cards from Elgin Fresh Market will be raffled out to walkers at each event.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Nine-year-old Creekside Elementary School student Nayeli Wood twirls and dances around inside a 50-foot long fin whale that the third-grade class made.
  Nine-year-old Creekside Elementary School student Nayeli Wood twirls and dances around inside a 50-foot long fin whale that the third-grade class made.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
I had the good fortune to be assigned to photograph spring flowers in full bloom at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. I loved how these tulips were slightly backlit by the late morning sun. I framed the image so that all that was visible were flowers. This picture was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
  I had the good fortune to be assigned to photograph spring flowers in full bloom at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. I loved how these tulips were slightly backlit by the late morning sun. I framed the image so that all that was visible were flowers. This picture was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett retired Friday after a 35-year career with the district. She sharing a laugh with music teacher Jonathan Lauff while the band played the school fight song.
  Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett retired Friday after a 35-year career with the district. She sharing a laugh with music teacher Jonathan Lauff while the band played the school fight song.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
St. Charles Park District seasonal employee James Mrotek does some last minute cleaning Friday before the opening weekend for the pool at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.
  St. Charles Park District seasonal employee James Mrotek does some last minute cleaning Friday before the opening weekend for the pool at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Schaumburg Boomers fans Bianca Bacarella of Chicago and Bob Curth of Elk Grove tackle a monster sandwich at the ball park on opening night against the Florence Freedom to a packed house on Friday.
  Schaumburg Boomers fans Bianca Bacarella of Chicago and Bob Curth of Elk Grove tackle a monster sandwich at the ball park on opening night against the Florence Freedom to a packed house on Friday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Don Shee, left, and Dan Saxton, right, with the Wheaton Park District, put a ladder into Rice Pool on Friday in preparation for Saturday's opening day.
  Don Shee, left, and Dan Saxton, right, with the Wheaton Park District, put a ladder into Rice Pool on Friday in preparation for Saturday's opening day.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Shyly turning away with a Great Southern White butterfly on her head is six-year-old Lauren Opdyke of Geneva, during the re-opening of Geneva Park District's Butterfly House at its Adopt a Butterfly Party, Friday. This year more than 300 total and five different types of butterflies were released by more than 100 people during the 11th annual event. The insects made the long trip from Florida to be released Friday.
  Shyly turning away with a Great Southern White butterfly on her head is six-year-old Lauren Opdyke of Geneva, during the re-opening of Geneva Park District's Butterfly House at its Adopt a Butterfly Party, Friday. This year more than 300 total and five different types of butterflies were released by more than 100 people during the 11th annual event. The insects made the long trip from Florida to be released Friday.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Lifeguard Ema Cigerova helps clean chairs Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's opening of the Schaumburg Park District's Bock Neighborhood Center and Park pool Friday.
  Lifeguard Ema Cigerova helps clean chairs Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's opening of the Schaumburg Park District's Bock Neighborhood Center and Park pool Friday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Joel Schauer, of Hawthorn Woods, checks out the tombstone of George S. Schnabele that he stumbled across one day as he and his family were out bird watching. His mission was to return the tombstone to its original resting spot and he was surprised to find that this was the final resting place.
  Joel Schauer, of Hawthorn Woods, checks out the tombstone of George S. Schnabele that he stumbled across one day as he and his family were out bird watching. His mission was to return the tombstone to its original resting spot and he was surprised to find that this was the final resting place.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Runners head south along Douglas at the start of the 10-mile race during the 37th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot in downtown Elgin Saturday morning.
  Runners head south along Douglas at the start of the 10-mile race during the 37th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot in downtown Elgin Saturday morning.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Luis Acevedo, of Elgin, gets a congratulatory handshake after a win while playing dominos at Alfredo Garcia's home in Elgin Friday.
  Luis Acevedo, of Elgin, gets a congratulatory handshake after a win while playing dominos at Alfredo Garcia's home in Elgin Friday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Sara House, 6, Molly Denz, 9, Ella Ruff, 9, Josh Denz, 7 and Lily Ruff, 6, (clockwise from far left) all of St. Charles, create drawings together at the St. Charles Fine Arts Festival on Sunday in downtown St. Charles.
  Sara House, 6, Molly Denz, 9, Ella Ruff, 9, Josh Denz, 7 and Lily Ruff, 6, (clockwise from far left) all of St. Charles, create drawings together at the St. Charles Fine Arts Festival on Sunday in downtown St. Charles.
Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer
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