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  • Moving Picture: Libertyville computer whiz has big plans May 23, 2014 1:06 PM
    There's not much Andy Merrill can't do with a computer — even taking one apart and then rebuilding it himself. The 13-year-old from Libertyville has a big future in technology, and even bigger plans, including inventing a printer that will build him a home.

  • Moving picture: Elgin woman teaches belly dancing May 16, 2014 1:59 PM
    Christina King is more than a belly dancer. She lives and breathes all that it entails. King grew up immersed in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures where it flourishes. And she has come to realize it's about much more than the performance. It's not “adult-oriented entertainment” — it's for everyone.

  • Moving Picture: Elgin clockmaker in exclusive club May 9, 2014 2:40 PM
    Jim Lachapelle of Elgin is one of only 17 certified master clockmakers in the country, and has a passion for restoring old clocks for suburban residents. He and his business partner operate several locations in the suburbs, often restoring clocks that aren't worth the repair cost, but hold priceless memories for their owners. “I like the idea of the history you are touching,” he says. “There is a tremendous joy in working with those pieces.”

  • Moving picture: Rolling Meadows man shares love of hockey May 2, 2014 1:36 PM
    Hockey veteran Gerry Dudziak, 56, of Rolling Meadows is passing his love of the game down to his granddaughter as she competes in a league where most of the participants are boys. Dudziak coaches his granddaughter, Nina Griffiths, 8, in the Mite Majors developmental league. “We really have a great time,” Dudziak said. “It's kind of bonded us together because we're both hockey players. She's kind of taken after grandpa.”

  • Moving picture: Mount Prospect minister inspires with music Apr 25, 2014 2:34 PM
    The Rev. Shawn Kafader, chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg ministers to residents through music. "When I come in and do a sing-a-long with them, there's still a spiritual quallity in that music that allows me to connect with those residents and be their chaplain," Kafader says. Mixing songs of faith with golden oldies such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “In the Good’ Ol Summertime” and “You Are My Sunshine,” he hopes to spark memories, taking them back to their younger days.

  • Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates man portrays Jesus every Good Friday Apr 18, 2014 10:17 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.”

  • Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscape Apr 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    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.”

  • Moving Picture: A career cataloging Aurora history Apr 4, 2014 4:06 PM
    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.

  • Moving picture: Streamwood teen creates own sound Mar 28, 2014 10:02 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.

  • Moving Picture: Elgin native collects native seeds Mar 21, 2014 2:51 PM
    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?”

  • Moving Picture: Glen Ellyn passionate about woodworking Mar 14, 2014 3:03 PM
    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.

  • Moving Picture: Elgin man gives back to God and church Mar 7, 2014 1:54 PM
    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.

  • Moving Picture: Round Lake Beach man doesn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow him down Feb 28, 2014 9:33 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.

  • Moving picture: Schaumburg teen plays without legs Feb 14, 2014 10:49 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.”

  • Moving Picture: Hersey librarian leads digital way for school Feb 7, 2014 2:18 PM
    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.

  • Moving Picture: Lily Lake retiree becomes Polyester the clown Jan 31, 2014 4:44 PM
    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.”

  • Harper culinary student aspires to cook up magic in Disney kitchen Jan 24, 2014 10:25 PM
    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.”

  • Moving Picture: Naperville brewmaster crafts hobby into a career Jan 17, 2014 3:32 PM
    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.

  • Moving Picture: Westmont 'crisis junkie' also paramedic Jan 3, 2014 10:02 PM
    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.

  • Moving Picture: Firefighting in Rolling Meadows rookie's blood Dec 27, 2013 8:38 PM
    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.

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