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  • A shadow from the Kane County Forest Preserve Mounted Rangers falls into the crowd during the Elgin Fourth of July Parade Friday.

       A shadow from the Kane County Forest Preserve Mounted Rangers falls into the crowd during the Elgin Fourth of July Parade Friday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • If you've ever traveled along Route 25, you're sure to be familiar with "The Unknown Solider" which sits in front of Custom Furniture in St. Charles. It's a navigation landmark for many along the road, including a friend of mine who lives a few a blocks from the statue and tells visitors to be on the look out for him when coming to her home. Current owner, Dick Pakan, who is retiring, told me the humongous wooden statue was made from trees on the property by his father, Andrew Pakan, who started the business in 1938. "The Unknown Solider" is for sale if you're is interested. Just a heads-up though, you'll have to haul it away yourself. The head alone weighs 500 pounds. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       If you've ever traveled along Route 25, you're sure to be familiar with "The Unknown Solider" which sits in front of Custom Furniture in St. Charles. It's a navigation landmark for many along the road, including a friend of mine who lives a few a blocks from the statue and tells visitors to be on the look out for him when coming to her home. Current owner, Dick Pakan, who is retiring, told me the humongous wooden statue was made from trees on the property by his father, Andrew Pakan, who started the business in 1938. "The Unknown Solider" is for sale if you're is interested. Just a heads-up though, you'll have to haul it away yourself. The head alone weighs 500 pounds. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Vincent Bayman tightens bolts on the Freakout ride, preparing for the Mount Prospect Jaycees Carnival. It's festival time again, and carnival setups can sometimes yield some interesting angles. I watched in awe as this worker clambered up and down this particular ride like a mountain goat, tightening bolts and doing general maintenance, making sure the ride was safe and ready to go. An interesting picture was made more interesting by adding the human element, no matter how small it might be. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       Vincent Bayman tightens bolts on the Freakout ride, preparing for the Mount Prospect Jaycees Carnival. It's festival time again, and carnival setups can sometimes yield some interesting angles. I watched in awe as this worker clambered up and down this particular ride like a mountain goat, tightening bolts and doing general maintenance, making sure the ride was safe and ready to go. An interesting picture was made more interesting by adding the human element, no matter how small it might be. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Six-year-old Luke Gadomski, of St. Charles, holds a green iguana while a blue tongue skink sits on his head during a program by Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles Monday at the St. Charles Library.

       Six-year-old Luke Gadomski, of St. Charles, holds a green iguana while a blue tongue skink sits on his head during a program by Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles Monday at the St. Charles Library.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Ominous clouds move in over Danada Shopping Center on Butterfield Road in Wheaton as a storm passes through DuPage County on Monday.

       Ominous clouds move in over Danada Shopping Center on Butterfield Road in Wheaton as a storm passes through DuPage County on Monday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Francisco Hernandez, right, and Tim Nguyen, both of Elgin, continue fishing in the Fox River as dark storm clouds roll in on Monday evening.

       Francisco Hernandez, right, and Tim Nguyen, both of Elgin, continue fishing in the Fox River as dark storm clouds roll in on Monday evening.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • "It's called The Heart Attack and it's going to kill me", joked Edd Herrera, of Hanover Park, as he gets a cell phone photo of homemade chips with cheese and bacon from Genoa Italian Concession. Tueday was the opening day of Taste of Lombard.

       "It's called The Heart Attack and it's going to kill me", joked Edd Herrera, of Hanover Park, as he gets a cell phone photo of homemade chips with cheese and bacon from Genoa Italian Concession. Tueday was the opening day of Taste of Lombard.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Conrad Dick, 10, rides the mechanical bull during the first day of Lincolnshire's Red, White & Boom celebration Thursday at Spring Lake Park. The Lincolnshire Community Association festival featured a mechanical bull riding competition, vintage car show, games, food and entertainment.

       Conrad Dick, 10, rides the mechanical bull during the first day of Lincolnshire's Red, White & Boom celebration Thursday at Spring Lake Park. The Lincolnshire Community Association festival featured a mechanical bull riding competition, vintage car show, games, food and entertainment.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Storm clouds roll along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway on Monday evening.

       Storm clouds roll along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway on Monday evening.
    Jim Baumann | Staff Photographer

  • I recently photographed storm clouds moving into downtown Naperville near Rotary Hill and the Millennium Carillon. The storm clouds made for a dramatic photo with the carillon in the foreground, but for a different perspective on the scene, I took another photo with my iPhone in the panoramic mode. I thought this also made an interesting and dramatic photo. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       I recently photographed storm clouds moving into downtown Naperville near Rotary Hill and the Millennium Carillon. The storm clouds made for a dramatic photo with the carillon in the foreground, but for a different perspective on the scene, I took another photo with my iPhone in the panoramic mode. I thought this also made an interesting and dramatic photo. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Meredith Levine, 7, of Cary, rocks out to her proclaimed favorite group, Alex and The Allstars at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park on Thursday. The band brought over 10 tambourines for kids to play along with them.

       Meredith Levine, 7, of Cary, rocks out to her proclaimed favorite group, Alex and The Allstars at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park on Thursday. The band brought over 10 tambourines for kids to play along with them.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A family walks by the barn and llama at Lords Park Farm Zoo Tuesday in Elgin. The free zoo is open again after closing five years ago because of budget restraints.

       A family walks by the barn and llama at Lords Park Farm Zoo Tuesday in Elgin. The free zoo is open again after closing five years ago because of budget restraints.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Lainey Sporrer, 10, of Hoffman Estates, middle, flies high on the Yo Yo with her friends at the Northwest Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.

       Lainey Sporrer, 10, of Hoffman Estates, middle, flies high on the Yo Yo with her friends at the Northwest Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Storm clouds arrive near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Route 53 along the Palatine-Rolling Meadows border.

       Storm clouds arrive near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Route 53 along the Palatine-Rolling Meadows border.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Shawn Rodgers, left, of Bloomingdale, and Huy Tran, right, of Naperville, gather up some ribs for co-workers at Fieldglass during an annual visit to the Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest.

       Shawn Rodgers, left, of Bloomingdale, and Huy Tran, right, of Naperville, gather up some ribs for co-workers at Fieldglass during an annual visit to the Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Chloe Mosele, 5, of Barrington, tries on an army helmet with the assistance of Stephane Goupil while visiting the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion display during Thursday's festival in Barrington.

       Chloe Mosele, 5, of Barrington, tries on an army helmet with the assistance of Stephane Goupil while visiting the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion display during Thursday's festival in Barrington.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Robert Degelmann, of Wheeling, toasts with his wife, Joyce, at Evening Under the Stars as DJ Alberto Toro plays music on Friday outside of Wheeling Village Hall.

       Robert Degelmann, of Wheeling, toasts with his wife, Joyce, at Evening Under the Stars as DJ Alberto Toro plays music on Friday outside of Wheeling Village Hall.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Hot-air balloons head into the sky on the first full day of Eyes to the Sky festival in Lisle.

       Hot-air balloons head into the sky on the first full day of Eyes to the Sky festival in Lisle.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Two-year-old Ezequil Bello, center, watches as his dad Baltazar Bello, both of Island Lake, digs for goodies during a treasure hunt on the Veteran's Park beach in Island Lake Friday. The town held a community picnic follow its Fourth of July parade.

       Two-year-old Ezequil Bello, center, watches as his dad Baltazar Bello, both of Island Lake, digs for goodies during a treasure hunt on the Veteran's Park beach in Island Lake Friday. The town held a community picnic follow its Fourth of July parade.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Claudia Reese, 19, Lexi Hogarth, 19 and Alli Harwell, 19, all of Arlington Heights, use the roof at the home of Brian Daily to watch the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade on Friday.

       Claudia Reese, 19, Lexi Hogarth, 19 and Alli Harwell, 19, all of Arlington Heights, use the roof at the home of Brian Daily to watch the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Aiden Jaquez, 6, gets a head start with his family, Margie Clark, Addison Clark, 6, and grandmother Kathleen Taylor, of Montgomery, close behind him at the July Fourth Great Western Freedom 4 to benefit Lazarus House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Friday.

       Aiden Jaquez, 6, gets a head start with his family, Margie Clark, Addison Clark, 6, and grandmother Kathleen Taylor, of Montgomery, close behind him at the July Fourth Great Western Freedom 4 to benefit Lazarus House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Friday.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Tim Klimowski, of Geneva, gazes upon birds on Nelson Lake at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia during a bird walk led by Terry Murray of the Kane County Audubon Society on Saturday. Klimowski often attends the bird walks, which are held the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

       Tim Klimowski, of Geneva, gazes upon birds on Nelson Lake at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia during a bird walk led by Terry Murray of the Kane County Audubon Society on Saturday. Klimowski often attends the bird walks, which are held the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bradley Berd, 10, of Cub Scout Pack 679, rides in Saturday's parade in Fox Lake.

       Bradley Berd, 10, of Cub Scout Pack 679, rides in Saturday's parade in Fox Lake.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Paige Swarthout, 3, of Carpentersville, makes faces at her parents as she rides the Ladybug at Northwest Fourth-Fest on Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

       Paige Swarthout, 3, of Carpentersville, makes faces at her parents as she rides the Ladybug at Northwest Fourth-Fest on Saturday in Hoffman Estates.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Lions Club members carry a large American flag during the Crystal Lake Fourth of July parade on Dole Avenue Sunday afternoon.

       Lions Club members carry a large American flag during the Crystal Lake Fourth of July parade on Dole Avenue Sunday afternoon.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Ron Morin, of Aurora, sits with his 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC) 52 at the antique car show at Blackberry Farm in Aurora on Sunday. Morin is a veteran who served from 1968-1972 in the US, Germany and Vietnam.

       Ron Morin, of Aurora, sits with his 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC) 52 at the antique car show at Blackberry Farm in Aurora on Sunday. Morin is a veteran who served from 1968-1972 in the US, Germany and Vietnam.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Richard Ross, of Bartlett, marches with the Bartlett VFW Post 11018 at the parade and Fourth of July Festival in downtown Bartlett on Sunday.

       Richard Ross, of Bartlett, marches with the Bartlett VFW Post 11018 at the parade and Fourth of July Festival in downtown Bartlett on Sunday.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Kailey Leahy, left, of Inverness, and Jackie Jensen of Arlington Heights hang on as they spin backward on the "Matterhorn" during opening night of Frontier Days in Arlington Heights Wednesday.

       Kailey Leahy, left, of Inverness, and Jackie Jensen of Arlington Heights hang on as they spin backward on the "Matterhorn" during opening night of Frontier Days in Arlington Heights Wednesday.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 

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