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Meet the cop who's a "Knight Rider" fan with his own KITT car
By Mark Welsh
Jun 26, 2016 4:21 PM
As a child, Schaumburg Police Officer Eric Wang was a fan of the show "Knight Rider." Now 37, he has his own KITT car -- and loves to see people's reactions to it.
Moving Picture: Naperville nurse, 80, loves working
By Bev Horne
Jun 2, 2016 6:00 AM
Merrilee Andelbradt of Naperville has been a nurse since 1956. At the age of 80, she still works full-time in the intensive care unit at Edward Hospital, where she has been employed for 43 years.
Felons find a fresh start at Wheaton coffee company
By Daniel White
May 7, 2016 7:22 AM
Pete Leonard's mission trip to Brazil, where he watched quality coffee get made, and his discovery that his brother-in-law was a felon who did time led him to a new mission: give felons work and a chance to be seen for their future, not their past. His Second Chance Coffee Company employs them to make I Have A Bean coffee.
Naperville man loves beer so much, he started his own company
By Paul Michna
May 3, 2016 4:57 AM
Brian Buckman of Naperville has loved beer ever since his first sip. His lifelong love of beer is so strong that it led him to start his own brewing company.
Meet the man who works on the tiniest trains in the world
By John Starks
May 2, 2016 7:03 AM
Model train hobbyist Brian Williams is known as the "pocket layout" guy to his peers because of his work with T scale electric trains, the smallest commercially produced trains in the world. "When you build a model of a locomotive, you learn something about it," he says. "Sometimes you learn something about yourself, too, along the way."
Moving Picture: Elgin costume designer helps directors bring visions to life
By Brian Hill
Apr 24, 2016 7:30 AM
Fran Mitchell's love of sewing led her into a new career -- as a costume designer for Elgin-area schools and theater groups.
Meet the energetic nun who mentors teens at St. James
By Bob Chwedyk
Apr 15, 2016 5:15 AM
She plays guitar, teaches confirmation class, and leads teenagers on tree-planting mission trips. It takes a lot of energy to be director of youth ministry at a busy parish like St. James in Arlington Heights, but Sister Faustina Ferko is up to the challenge. "Young people are bombarded by a lot of things, and here at St. James my mission is to walk with them," she says.
Moving Picture: Meet the couple who captures pesky critters
By Brian Hill
Apr 6, 2016 1:02 PM
What should you do when you have a squirrel in your basement? What about a beaver taking over your backyard or a chipmunk in your chimney? You can try to solve the issue yourself, or you can call Brad and Katy Lundsteen of Suburban Wildlife Control.
Bubble master inspire children to believe in themselves
By Gilbert Boucher II
Mar 17, 2016 1:00 AM
Geoff Akins-Hannah is more than just a guy who does tricks with bubbles. The McHenry County resident is a motivational speaker, and his presentations, in which he builds seemingly impossible bubble creations, are designed to convey his core message: "Anything is Possible."
Meet the Russian Olympic gold medalist who now coaches suburban swimmers
By Steve Lundy
Feb 28, 2016 7:10 AM
He grew up in Russia, won gold in Barcelona, and now he's training the next generation of Olympic hopefuls. Meet Vladimir "Vlad" Pyshnenko, head senior coach at CATS Aquatic Team in Libertyville, who says, "Swimming is my whole life. It's all I know and all I care about."
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