Images: Daily Herald photos of the week

  Lucas Schomas, 4 of Sugar Grove gives the Easter Bunny a kiss on the nose during a visit he recieved while in the pediatric ward of Central DuPage Hospital. The Easter Bunny visit was sponsored by DuPage County Sheriff department. Mark Black/
  Linnea Kooistra walks past some of her younger cows, which are being bred this spring on the farm. Christopher Hankins/
  Wheaton forestry department employees Bill Minerly and Kirby Michelson plant a replacement Swamp White Oak in the parkway along the 400 block of South Gables Blvd. Mark Black/
  Students eat a 100-foot long banana split Monday at Quentin Road Christian School in Lake Zurich. Menards supplied a 100-foot gutter which acted as the bowl as part of the fundraiser used to purchase science and sports equipment, locker room renovations, books, and field trips. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Recently retired professional soccer star Brian McBride is honored as part of Buffalo Grove High School’s distinquished alumni in a ceremony at the high school Tuesday. He talked with substitute teacher Betty Stein about his time ar BGHS. Mark Welsh/
  Newly sworn-in mayor of Elgin David Kaptain signs the official paperwork at City Hall Wednesday. Newly sworn-in councilwomen Tish Powell, left, and Anna Moeller wait for their turn. Laura Stoecker/
  Smashburger lover Lucas Dawdy of Cary dives into one of the many varieties of burgers on the menu as the Denver-based restaurant chain opened in Schaumburg Wednesday. Mark Welsh/
  Jane Thomas of Villa Park, a registered nurse in Loyola’s University Medical Center’s Lung Transplant program, is one of “The Seven Sisters of Loyola,” named so because it is believed to be the first organization in the country in which so many employees donated kidneys to complete strangers. Daniel White
  Thousands of suburban hopefuls stand in line in the rain to try out for Simon Cowell’s new show, The X Factor, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday. George LeClaire/
  Alex Oechsel of Naperville sings in the parking lot before trying out for Simon Cowell’s new show, The X Factor. George LeClaire/
  Thousands of suburban hopefuls stand in line in the rain to try out for Simon Cowell’s new show, The X Factor, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday. George LeClaire/
  Stevenson High School social studies teacher Meredith Goddard looks surprised after receiving a fellowship from Horace Mann Insurance representative Albert Lerman Thursday at Stevenson High School. The fellowship is an all-expenses-paid, one-week trip to Springfield to study at the Abraham Lincoln Museum. Goddard is one of 50 teachers in the country to receive an Abe Lincoln fellowship. Steve Lundy/
  Boston College football player Anthony Castonzo from Hawthorn Woods receives a high five from his sister Kristyn as they celebrate after he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Alexandra Warta-Collins, 5, of Batavia struggles with a long net while scooping Fox River water in the Kane County Forest Preserve’s Homeschool Explorations class called “Snail & Slugs” at Les Arends Forest Preserve in Batavia Thursday. The cool weather made it hard to find snails or slugs, but they found other water creatures. Laura Stoecker/
  Nine year old Evelyn Ruiz, right, reads a book she made to four year old Kalea Tolber as dual language 4th graders from Townline Elementary read their self-created books to pre-k kids at Hawthorn School Thursday in Vernon Hills. Steve Lundy/
  Keynote speaker Randall Arendt, a landscape planner and author, speaks at “Green Town:the Future of the Community” at the Centre in Elgin Thursday. Brian Hill/
  Elgin Garden Club members Sonja Riggs of Elgin, left, and Lynn Niggemann of West Dundee celebrate Arbor Day by helping tend to a native garden at the Hawthorne Hills Nature Center in Elgin Friday. The past season’s growth was removed, cut down in size, then used as mulch between plants, putting it right back to natural use. Laura Stoecker/
  Elgin Garden Club member Maria Crawford of Elgin works on clearing the old growth from last year in a native garden at the Hawthorne Hills Nature Center, Members of the garden club celebrated Arbor Day by tending to the garden, then planting seeds and having dessert. Laura Stoecker/
  Christina Rogalske, of Lombard, top left, and students from Aurora University remove garlic mustard from Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora Friday. The invasive plant has spread throughout the preserve causing indigenous species to pull back. Brian Hill/
  From decoy ducks, to knives, to fishing lures, and a little bit of everything in between was on display at the 46th National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles show Friday at the Pheasant Run Expo Center in St. Charles. Brian Hill/
  James Kopecky of Lake Villa, helps out the Long Grove Lions Club by tap dancing at the Long Grove Chocolate Festival. James has been tap dancing for 20 years, and his father John is president of the Long Grove Lions. Bob Chwedyk/
  Minneapolis Psychologist Dr. David Walsh, left, and Bart Teal, founder of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Inc. in South Carolina, talk during a conference at Grayslake Elementary District 46’s Park Campus Friday. Steve Lundy/
  Friends of Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Johnson welcome the veteran home after a year of deployment in Afghanistan, held in front of Wool Street Sports Bar & Grill in Barrington Friday. George LeClaire/
  First grade students in Emily Campbell’s class got to hold baby chicks Friday at Fairhaven School in Mundelein. Bianca Rico, 7, and her fellow classmates have been learning about the hatching process and watched the chicks hatch this week. Paul Valade/
  Aracely Gomez of the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl dances during the Aurora School Districts’ El Dia De Los Ninos, or childrens day, held at the Aurora Transportation Center. Daniel White
  Ruben Cebe and his daughter Zepeda, 2, relax at the the Aurora School Districts’ El Dia De Los Ninos Saturday. Daniel White
  About 100 residents turned out for Flying 4 Kids sponsored by Palatine Park District at Margreth Riemer Reservoir Woods in Palatine on Saturday. George LeClaire/