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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.
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.
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