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  • John Trione, of Lake Geneva, who's been flying balloons for 17 years, prepares his balloon called "Dear John" for launch at the 2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake.

       John Trione, of Lake Geneva, who's been flying balloons for 17 years, prepares his balloon called "Dear John" for launch at the 2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Gary Maass wipes tears from his son Oliver's face before the six-year-old heads into Hoover-Wood Elementary School in Batavia on Monday to start first grade.

       Gary Maass wipes tears from his son Oliver's face before the six-year-old heads into Hoover-Wood Elementary School in Batavia on Monday to start first grade.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • From left, second graders Holly Scaramella, Angeilca Martinez and Grace Turpin, enjoy a laugh at lunch during the first day of school at Fremont Elementary School in Mundelein Tuesday.

       From left, second graders Holly Scaramella, Angeilca Martinez and Grace Turpin, enjoy a laugh at lunch during the first day of school at Fremont Elementary School in Mundelein Tuesday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Malayna Odom, 2, of Maple Park, swings over a puddle in the mulch on the playground adjoining Moore Park Spray Ground in Geneva on Thursday. "Yay, it's dirty!" she exclaimed at one point. She and cousin Cecelia Breeden, of Elburn, 2, left, each had their own swings and puddles to tiptoe through from the previous night's rain.

       Malayna Odom, 2, of Maple Park, swings over a puddle in the mulch on the playground adjoining Moore Park Spray Ground in Geneva on Thursday. "Yay, it's dirty!" she exclaimed at one point. She and cousin Cecelia Breeden, of Elburn, 2, left, each had their own swings and puddles to tiptoe through from the previous night's rain.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Everyone likes a good light show. Well, at least I do. After rushing home from football practice, we wrangled our family together and headed down to the Cascade Drive-in theater in West Chicago to take in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As dusk hit, the sky darkened and a storm rolled in. That night we were treated to a movie and a pretty darn cool lightning show. I shot more than 300 images with my DSLR perched on top of my iPhone to stabilize the long exposure, which was one second long at 5.6. I really wanted to get a shot with an ape in it and a nice lightning bolt, but that did not happen. So I give you what I think is a nice shot of Gary Oldman with a purple lightning bolt on the left side of the frame. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       Everyone likes a good light show. Well, at least I do. After rushing home from football practice, we wrangled our family together and headed down to the Cascade Drive-in theater in West Chicago to take in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As dusk hit, the sky darkened and a storm rolled in. That night we were treated to a movie and a pretty darn cool lightning show. I shot more than 300 images with my DSLR perched on top of my iPhone to stabilize the long exposure, which was one second long at 5.6. I really wanted to get a shot with an ape in it and a nice lightning bolt, but that did not happen. So I give you what I think is a nice shot of Gary Oldman with a purple lightning bolt on the left side of the frame. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • While leaving the Daily Herald Arlington Heights office following a night shift recently, I spotted this coyote lounging in a grassy area. Since the office is not far from the forest preserve, I'm used to seeing wildlife in the area, and this is the second time I've seen a coyote. I was able to take several frames, and after we made eye contact for several moments, it wandered off into the night. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       While leaving the Daily Herald Arlington Heights office following a night shift recently, I spotted this coyote lounging in a grassy area. Since the office is not far from the forest preserve, I'm used to seeing wildlife in the area, and this is the second time I've seen a coyote. I was able to take several frames, and after we made eye contact for several moments, it wandered off into the night. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Parents and students look at class and teacher assignments posted at the main entrance before the first day of classes at Washington Elementary School in Elgin Monday.

       Parents and students look at class and teacher assignments posted at the main entrance before the first day of classes at Washington Elementary School in Elgin Monday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North High School Principal Matt Biscan gets freshman Cara Parker headed in the right direction during the first day of classes.

       Wheaton North High School Principal Matt Biscan gets freshman Cara Parker headed in the right direction during the first day of classes.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • People are reflected in a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car at Sunday's Geneva Concours D'elegance, a car show with more than 200 classic, exotic, and rare automobiles in Geneva. The sleek car is one of only five ever produced.

       People are reflected in a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car at Sunday's Geneva Concours D'elegance, a car show with more than 200 classic, exotic, and rare automobiles in Geneva. The sleek car is one of only five ever produced.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Freshman students James Ward, right, talks with Valerie Vear at his locker during the first day of school at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein Monday.

       Freshman students James Ward, right, talks with Valerie Vear at his locker during the first day of school at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein Monday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Lisa Mongillo, 8, of Arlington Heights, looks up at the rain forest in Maui, Hawaii, looking for the Periwinkle flower that is used in the treatment of her leukemia drug.

       Lisa Mongillo, 8, of Arlington Heights, looks up at the rain forest in Maui, Hawaii, looking for the Periwinkle flower that is used in the treatment of her leukemia drug.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Marg and Wally Natchke, of Glen Ellyn, look for a hand-made coffee mug by Elmhurst artist Robert Reckers, while attending the 45th Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts at Lake Ellyn Park Sunday.

       Marg and Wally Natchke, of Glen Ellyn, look for a hand-made coffee mug by Elmhurst artist Robert Reckers, while attending the 45th Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts at Lake Ellyn Park Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Half Day School third grade teacher Amy Joseph, left, reads a story to her students using a smart board during first day of classes for Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103.

       Half Day School third grade teacher Amy Joseph, left, reads a story to her students using a smart board during first day of classes for Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Oak Grove School third grade students Maddison Carstens, second from right, and Ava Hertsberg, right, listen during iPad instruction during first day of school Friday in Green Oaks. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth will get to use ipads in the classroom.

       Oak Grove School third grade students Maddison Carstens, second from right, and Ava Hertsberg, right, listen during iPad instruction during first day of school Friday in Green Oaks. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth will get to use ipads in the classroom.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The sun rises over ominous clouds in Naperville Wednesday afternoon. I just loved the contrast of the sun and clouds. It gave me an erie feeling, so I took a few shots to keep. This was shot with a Nikon 17-35 mm zoom lens. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.

       The sun rises over ominous clouds in Naperville Wednesday afternoon. I just loved the contrast of the sun and clouds. It gave me an erie feeling, so I took a few shots to keep. This was shot with a Nikon 17-35 mm zoom lens. This photo was originally published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Max Wexley, 12, of Palatine, crosses the finish line and gets pelted with colored powder during the 2nd annual Color Run 5k in Arlington Heights Saturday.

       Max Wexley, 12, of Palatine, crosses the finish line and gets pelted with colored powder during the 2nd annual Color Run 5k in Arlington Heights Saturday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Heather O'Brien, of St. Charles, tries rowing for the first time during a free trial ROWAMERICA class near Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles on Friday.

       Heather O'Brien, of St. Charles, tries rowing for the first time during a free trial ROWAMERICA class near Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Kerry and Karen Richardson, of Palatine, chow down on pizza at the Palatine Street Fest on Friday.

       Kerry and Karen Richardson, of Palatine, chow down on pizza at the Palatine Street Fest on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Magda Moncada, of Mundelein, and her daughter Angelina, 14 months, sample some of the ribs during the first day of the Little Bear Ribfest on Friday in Vernon Hills. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, is a two-day event at Century Park.

       Magda Moncada, of Mundelein, and her daughter Angelina, 14 months, sample some of the ribs during the first day of the Little Bear Ribfest on Friday in Vernon Hills. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, is a two-day event at Century Park.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • New Dist. 34 Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino visited Sarah Meyer's first grade class at Hillcrest Elementary School during their first day of classes Thursday in Antioch.

       New Dist. 34 Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino visited Sarah Meyer's first grade class at Hillcrest Elementary School during their first day of classes Thursday in Antioch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Storm clouds loom over Libertyville and Lake County.

       Storm clouds loom over Libertyville and Lake County.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Amanda Barrie plays hoops and graces during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction.

       Volunteer Amanda Barrie plays hoops and graces during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Katheryn Stephens, 14, of North Aurora, has her hands full of puppies during Casey's Safe Haven Wag-A-Thon at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia Saturday. Casey's Safe Haven Dog Rescue helps place dogs with families after rescuing dogs and puppies from high kill shelters and providing them with vet care, etc. Part of the festivities include a walk along the Fox River Trails.

       Volunteer Katheryn Stephens, 14, of North Aurora, has her hands full of puppies during Casey's Safe Haven Wag-A-Thon at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia Saturday. Casey's Safe Haven Dog Rescue helps place dogs with families after rescuing dogs and puppies from high kill shelters and providing them with vet care, etc. Part of the festivities include a walk along the Fox River Trails.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Christine Reyes, of Chicago, and Hula O'puanani, of Downers Grove, perform during the annual Elgin iFest Saturday at Riverside Drive Promenade. The International Festival features music and other entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children's activities, a world market, and cultural arts and crafts.

       Christine Reyes, of Chicago, and Hula O'puanani, of Downers Grove, perform during the annual Elgin iFest Saturday at Riverside Drive Promenade. The International Festival features music and other entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children's activities, a world market, and cultural arts and crafts.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont was filled with many fans of Comic Con who came fully dressed as their favorite characters from  various comics, tv shows and movies.

       The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont was filled with many fans of Comic Con who came fully dressed as their favorite characters from various comics, tv shows and movies.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Brad Rathe, of Deer Park, walks with Winston, and Cheryl Rathe walks with Macey, as they dress as the seasons during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. Over 70 pets dressed in costumes ranging from sports themes to food items.

       Brad Rathe, of Deer Park, walks with Winston, and Cheryl Rathe walks with Macey, as they dress as the seasons during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. Over 70 pets dressed in costumes ranging from sports themes to food items.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Chef Chad Melinger, of Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in Deer Park, makes hummus and chorizo bruschette during the 8th Annual Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Taste of the Towns Sunday at Paulus Park. The event featured 20 vendors offering food and drink that included pizza, cupcakes, brushetta, margarita's and wine.

       Chef Chad Melinger, of Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in Deer Park, makes hummus and chorizo bruschette during the 8th Annual Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Taste of the Towns Sunday at Paulus Park. The event featured 20 vendors offering food and drink that included pizza, cupcakes, brushetta, margarita's and wine.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 

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