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  • 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.

  • Moving picture: Elgin man goes big with trains, Christmas lights Dec 20, 2013 12:13 PM
    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?”

  • Moving picture: Sushi chef puts together creative dishes Dec 13, 2013 2:20 PM
    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.”

  • Moving Picture: Wood Dale man turns rocks into jewels Dec 6, 2013 2:41 PM
    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.”

  • Moving Picture: Elgin tattoo artist tells visual stories Nov 29, 2013 11:12 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."

  • Moving Picture: Mr. Al gets his groove on Harper radio Nov 22, 2013 10:20 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.

  • Moving Picture: Roselle man works NFL ‘chain gang’ Nov 15, 2013 2:04 PM
    Harold Schwind of Roselle has lived a good portion of his life on the sidelines of football games. The former high school referee now heads up a crew running the "chain gang" for Bears homes games. There's more to the job than most people think, but he keeps up with the hectic pace and he's enjoyed rubbing elbows with some of the NFL's best players over the years.

  • Moving Picture: Re-enactor pays tribute to veterans Nov 8, 2013 11:36 AM
    Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg knows the true cost of war, after losing his nephew Peter Giannopolous during the Iraq War. As a former high school history teacher, Zahareas now participates in war re-enactments several times a year, doing his best to enlighten others on the realities of war. “There is only so much you can read about in a book or look on the Internet,” Zahareas said. “When it's in front of you, when you can touch it and feel it, it's a much more intimate experience.”

  • Moving Picture: Bartlett guitarist also art therapist Nov 1, 2013 10:00 AM
    Wesley Kochan of Bartlett is a guitar hero to residents at Marklund in Geneva and Robin's Nest Senior Living in St. Charles. Or perhaps even to the fans who watch him perform as the Wes Lee "K" Experience at venues around the suburbs. Either way, his passion for music shines through. “I have to work on music, it's part of who I am,” Kochan says.

  • Moving Picture: Samoan at home on Fox Valley rugby team Oct 25, 2013 2:58 PM
    Lafitaga Lealaua moved from his native Samoa to Elgin five years ago, and immediately sought out a club to play his favorite sport of rugby. He quickly found the Fox Valley Marois Rugby Football Club and now he plays for the camaraderie almost as much as the sport itself. “Inside the game, we're always hitting each other,” Lealaua says, “At the end, after 80 minutes, and we're all friends. That is rugby. It's not just a game, it's a friendship thing.”

  • Moving Picture: Hanover Park officer serves community Oct 18, 2013 11:07 AM
    Hanover Park police officer George Sullivan is the closest thing the department has to an "officer friendly". The 24-year veteran says he feels like a success when he can reach out to members of the community and help improve communication with police. “My way of policing is being open, friendly,” Sullivan said, though he also states that, as with any officer, there are times when he has to be firm. “You’ve got to make arrests, you’ve got to write tickets, you can’t always be shaking hands and smiling,” Sullivan said.

  • Moving Picture: W. Chicago man builds bikes of steel Oct 11, 2013 2:37 PM
    Jeff Smith of West Chicago loves to build bicycles, but nothing like you'll find in a modern bike store. Using steel to create bikes that take the rider back to the mid to late 20th century, he crafts each bike with the patience of an artist. Only building a handful of bikes each year, he refers to each one as a "rolling work of art."

  • Moving Picture: Wheaton muralist works on ‘masterpiece’ Oct 4, 2013 9:52 AM
    Muralist R.J Ogren of Naperville has worked as an artist at Disney World and is currently working on his largest mural - a 16x70 outdoor piece called Pearls of the Universe in Wheaton. “I hope this will be my masterpiece,” Ogren said, “I’ve done some nice paintings, but I hope this will be something that will inspire people in some way.”

  • Moving Picture: For 40 years, kids are priority for Mooseheart teacher Sep 27, 2013 6:51 PM
    For more than 40 years Curt Schlinkmann has taught and coached at Mooseheart Child City & School. He teaches high school science and physics, coaches the boys track and field and middle school football teams, and above all tries to inspire his students to a lifetime of success. “I really like when the kids are successful,” he said, “When they struggle and finally get it, it's like Christmastime for me."

  • Moving Picture: Northlake gravedigger says job part of life Sep 20, 2013 10:52 AM
    Adalberto Nevarez, Jr. gives people the creeps when he tells them about his job as a gravedigger in Arlington Heights. But after four years on the job, it's just become part of life for him. “When I dug my first grave I thought about it more, that there's somebody deceased right next to me,” Nevarez says. “As the years went by I just look at it like a normal job."

  • Moving Picture: South Elgin siblings polish their acts Sep 13, 2013 9:47 AM
    There's a circus happening just about every day in South Elgin these days. Teen siblings Katie and Nick Balk can be found juggling, pedaling unicycles in tight circles, balancing on one hand, and holding each other over their heads, to hone their circus skills. “I like to do acts where it’s both of us and we are a partnership,” Katie says. “It’s a lot of trust. I feel like I know my brother." Nick agrees that communication is the key to working together. “There’s a lot of silent communication,” he says.

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