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  • Romualdo Alvarado, center, portrays Jesus in Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

    Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates man portrays Jesus every Good FridayApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    For the past twelve years on Good Friday, tens of thousands have watched and walked with Hoffman Estates resident Romualdo Alvarado, who portrays Jesus in the final moments of his life before his crucifixion. Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville Campus in Des Plaines. “Now, I’m ready for the cross. I love the cross,” Alvarado says, “I don’t follow Jesus for the milk or the bread. I follow Jesus because he promised me eternal life. I believe in his words, that’s why I follow him.”

  • Mary Amici-Kozi works in the creative services department of the Gail Borden Public Library. Her daily workflow is much like her career path. It starts small and she makes it bigger with ideas and execution. Some of her 3-D displays can take weeks to complete.

    Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscapeApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mary Amici-Kozi doesn't get the spotlight much, but her work sure does. The graphic artist at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin creates displays both large and small that complement the themes or events happening in the library. “We are always changing, always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “You want to give as much as you can. You want to be as creative as you can. I like to see how much the public enjoys things that touch them.”

  • John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society, chats with Laura Nicholson-Tom of Aurora about fashion styles of years past. This is one of the many exhibits on display at the museum.

    Moving Picture: A career cataloging Aurora historyApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    John Jaros has a passion for history. So much so that he studied it in college. But the Chicago native didn't know much about Aurora when a position opened up at the Aurora Historical Society, so Jaros became an eager student of the town's past. “Aurora is a big city all in itself,” said Jaros.

  • Miguel Thompson uses his life experiences and feelings to help create his hip-hop music.

    Moving picture: Streamwood teen creates own soundMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Streamwood High School junior Miguel Thompson likes to hide away from other students during his free time at school, but it's not because he's shy or doesn't want to interact. It's just that he would prefer to be in the school's recording studio working on his own freestyle hip-hop rap, and mixing his own songs to share with friends on social media."I make music through my feelings," he says.

  • Nursery coordinator Kelly Schultz blows on Wood Rush to separate the seeds as she works with volunteer Ruth Frear of Beach Park the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the Native Seed Nursery at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake.

    Moving Picture: Elgin native collects native seedsMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kelly Schultz, much like the seeds she works with in Lake County Forest Preserves, started small. Her interest in environmental studies led her to small jobs in other suburban forest preserve districts, but now the Washington University grad runs the native seed nursery at the Rollins Savana Forest Preserve. The beauty is in the details for Schultz. "Understanding what it takes to grow the plant; how do the seeds germinate? What can we do to make them happier and healthier?”

  • Wayne Maier, 67, of Glen Ellyn enjoys his woodworking hobby, which always includes relaxing with a cup of coffee.

    Moving Picture: Glen Ellyn passionate about woodworkingMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wayne Maier of Glen Ellyn has become an expert woodworker in his retirement years, crafting an impressive workworking shop in the addition to his home. He's made a host of new friends with his hobby, and he looks forward to the end of each project where he gets the payoff for his creativity.

  • Edward Hayes of Elgin bows his head during a prayer group at Vineyard Church of Elgin. Hayes was homeless and addicted to cocaine before members of the church and their breakfast ministry helped to get him into a rehab program. He’s been clean for three years and has volunteered at the church every day since.

    Moving Picture: Elgin man gives back to God and churchMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Edward Hayes of Elgin has been on a long road to recovery from his drug addiction. But he firmly believes God kept pursuing him, leading him back to a better life. Now he helps clean after meals at Vineyard Church in Elgin, the very place where he got so much help from others, and from God. And he's trying to pay back what he has received. “As long as I wake up every morning, I will be here to help out,” he says.

  • 83-year-old painting student Chuck McCann of Round Lake Beach, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, works during art class at College of Lake County.

    Moving Picture: Round Lake Beach man doesn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow him downFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    83-year-old Chuck McCann of Round Lake Beach can't explain it, but painting seems to be the one thing that isn't affected by his Parkinson's disease. The retired teacher has published books, shown his work in art shows and even been a professional bowler. “When I go to paint, I seem to relax completely,” McCann said.

  • Schaumburg High School freshman Sabik Corhan listens to one of his coaches prior to going into the game. Born without shin or ankle bones, Corhan has learned to keep up with his teammates without the use of his prosthetic legs.

    Moving picture: Schaumburg teen plays without legsFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sabik Corhan had his legs amputated at age 2 after he was born without shin or ankle bones. But that didn't stop him being an active kid, and now he even plays on the freshman football team at Schaumburg High School. “I don’t think of it as a disability,” Corhan said, “I don’t even like to use the word disability. I always give it my best, what ever sport I’m playing. It’s just a small problem for me, there are bigger problems out there.”

  • Hersey High School head librarian Katie Alexander, center, discusses how students access their District 214 accounts to complete their homework assignments in a health class with health teacher Sharon Meintzer, left, and student teacher Sarah Rodriguez.

    Moving Picture: Hersey librarian leads digital way for schoolFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Katie Alexander, head librarian at John Hersey High School, doesn't spend much of her time between bookshelves or the front desk. These days a librarian is more of a technology guru, helping students navigate new technology to help with their school work. “We are a one-stop shop for all information, training, or tutoring,” said Alexander.

  •  Euna Freeman jokingly compares husband Wayland’s head to Polyester the clown’s full head of curly, red hair. Polyester, who is Jack Kramer of Lily Lake, laughed and admitted to Euna he doesn’t have much real hair under the wig. The Freemans are residents at The Holmstad retirement home in Batavia.

    Moving Picture: Lily Lake retiree becomes Polyester the clown Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jack Kramer has thought about being a clown since he was a kid, and the 74-year-old Lily Lake retiree is proving you're never too old to try something new. “The vast majority of clowns are in it for the sheer pleasure of making people laugh," Kramer says."They’re not scary, they’re not demented, they’re just normal people who enjoy making people laugh.”

  • Marisa Marquez deglazes her fry pan while making potatoes and chicken in the Harper College kitchen.

    Harper culinary student aspires to cook up magic in Disney kitchen Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Harper College student Marisa Marquez's dream job is to work in the kitchen of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando. She's getting her start by studying at Harper College in Palatine.“I've heard it's very nice in there, but also it's very crazy, too,” Marquez said, “Disney is my passion.”

  • Brewmaster Ken McMullen of Naperville stirs the mash as he brews up a batch of IBA, India Brown Ale at the Hopvine Brewing Company in Aurora. During the mash process, various grains are steeped in hot water to extract the fermentable sugars required for fermentation.

    Moving Picture: Naperville brewmaster crafts hobby into a career Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brewmaster Ken McMullen of Naperville turned his passion for craft beer from a homebrew project into a career making great beer for others. “From the first time I tried (brewing) beer, I was mesmerized,” McMullen said. After brewing his first batch at home, he thought to himself, “I can make a living at this.” Turns out he was right.

  • Dan Sullivan drives one of the department rigs from the Westmont Fire Station during a recent night on shift.

    Moving Picture: Westmont 'crisis junkie' also paramedicJan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dan Sullivan splits time between two professions which are quite different, yet each helps him be better at the other. As the director of Spiritual Care at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, he tends to the spiritual needs of patients there, praying with them and guiding them through difficult times. But he also loves the hectic pace of his job as a firefighter/paramedic with the village of Westmont.

  • Three generations of firefighters — firefighter/paramedic John Loesch Jr. of the Rolling Meadows Fire Department (right) works with his father, John Loesch Sr., and former Rolling Meadows firefighter Ted Loesch, grandfather.

    Moving Picture: Firefighting in Rolling Meadows rookie's blood Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    John Loesch Jr. might be a rookie firefighter at the Rolling Meadows Fire Department, but his name is well-known at the fire house. His grandfather Ted Loesch worked in the department for 38 years, and his father, John Sr., is still on the job. He gets his fair share of the grunt work being the new guy, but firefighting is in his blood.

  • The ornaments that hang in Elgin resident Mike Arnold’s tree were something that he saw with his wife while driving around looking at Christmas lights. They liked the ornaments and figured out a way to make them out of cups. Every year, they add another ornament to the tree, now totaling 38.

    Moving picture: Elgin man goes big with trains, Christmas lights Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Handyman Mike Arnold of Elgin is a man of many passions, splitting time between his love of model trains and Christmas lights displays. Both hobbies have given him a lifetime of joy. “Trains have been a big part of my whole life,” Arnold says. “I got my first set before I was 5. I still have it, I still run it and it is still in perfect shape. How many kids can say that?”

  • Sushi chef and owner Edward Kim uses a torch to create a sushi roll at Sushi Kushi San3 in Vernon Hills. Kim moved from South Korea 14 years ago and opened this restaurant in 2009.

    Moving picture: Sushi chef puts together creative dishes Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sushi chef Edward Kim works at Sushi Kushi San3 in Vernon Hills creating works of art with sushi. He aims to impress with his creations, but also wants to make sure his choices are good for you. “Sushi, for me, is that I want to eat healthy,” explained Kim. “You want to eat good meat, good sushi, good fish.”

  • Greg Stimpson of Wood Dale checks facet angles and other possible imperfections through his loupe, before removing this piece of glass from the faceting machine.

    Moving Picture: Wood Dale man turns rocks into jewelsDec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    You could say there are many facets to the life of Wood Dale resident Greg Stimpson. His hobby is faceting gem stones. After discovering the art of turning rough stone and rock into polished pieces, Stimpson became involved in the hobby in his retirement. Until then, he was like most people, unaware of how stones in jewelry came to be. “I guarantee you they don't grow that way,” he said. “Somebody has to cut them.”

  •  Artist Erik Thvedt of Top Notch Tattoos in Elgin works on the outline of a koi fish for Kyle Richardson of Bartlett. It’s Richardson’s first tattoo in 20 years so he didn’t mind waiting the six months for an appointment with Thvedt.

    Moving Picture: Elgin tattoo artist tells visual stories Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Artist Erik Thvedt of West Dundee never set out to create tattoos for a living. But a snowboarding accident when he was younger, combined with a lifelong love of drawing, merged to create a passion for him that has evolved over the past decade. “People come in and give you all the trust in the world to let you create what they’re going to show people as a representation of who they are and experiences they’ve had."

  • Alan Leinonen, aka Mister Al, performs his Mister Al’s Lounge radio program on Harper College’s WHCM, 88.3 FM radio station.

    Moving Picture: Mr. Al gets his groove on Harper radio Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Al Leinonen of Arlington Heights gets just a few hours each week to mellow out the airwaves with his own mix of lounge music, but he makes the most of it. The continuing education student at Harper College hosts his own show every Tuesday night called Mr. Al's Lounge. “I always wanted to be a DJ at a radio station, and this is my chance,” Leinonen says.

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