Images: The Week in Pictures

  Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder is presented with a plaque that will hang in the Metra station for her 20 years of service as Mayor of Arlington Heights during the village board meeting Monday night. Monday night’s city council meeting was her last. Steve Lundy/
  Barrington High School’s large co-ed team celebrate after winning 2nd place in the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading finals in Bloomington. Steve Lundy/
  Meg Sullivan, training program manager of the Chicago Area Runners Association, high-fives participants at the end of a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. JOE LEWNARD/
  Members of the HIP (Hoffman Estates, Inverness and Palatine) Athletic Association run around the track at the old Palatine High School during a memorial run/vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Steve Lundy/
  Taking advantage of weather that actually looks and feels like spring, Miguel Bucio and his grandson Angel, 3, mow Miguel’s lawn together Tuesday afternoon on Elgin’s west side. Angel followed every step alongside his grandfather, practicing for the day when he would run the larger, real thing. Christopher Hankins/
  A bicyclist pedals across a bridge to Clark Island on a sunny but chilly Tuesday morning in Batavia. Rick West/
  Teacher Laura Davenport, left, Nadia Garrelts, 4, her mother, Erica, and Kayleigh Curran, 4, make Spring flowers as teachers and parents work with children at Mundelein Cooperative Preschool Tuesday. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Third-grader Gina Dudley wipes sand off her feet after walking on a multi-textured path during One Day Without Shoes event during lunch break at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Palatine. The students walk barefoot over a grass mat, piles of rocks, and sand, to experience what people without shoes encounter on a daily basis. The special activity was offered to students in conjunction with a nationwide event sponsored by TOMS Shoes, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes the company sells. George LeClaire/
  Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills held a dress rehearsal for their play When in Rome, a musical comedy loosely based on ancient Rome. Steve Lundy/
  Grayslake Central High School Tanner Hermes smiles as he turns the key and wins a car during Operation Click, at a luncheon Wednesday at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. High school students took a pledge to drive safe, wear seat belts, and not text while driving as part of a chance to win a car through this program. Hermes was the last student to try for the car and he won. Last year, the first student to try the key won the car. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Palatine High School sophomore Emina Mesic turns a key and wins a car during Operation Click Wednesday in Kildeer. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Streaks of lightning flash across the sky over Elgin Wednesday morning as thunderstorms roll through the northwest suburbs. Christopher Hankins/
  Nick Pohlman of Geneva lugs a rain barrel to his car after purchasing it at Peck Farm Park’s Earth Day celebration Saturday. Pohlman, a teacher at Northern Illinois University in the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy department, decided to get a barrel to save on waters costs, especially after last year’s drought. Laura Stoecker/
  Dave Peterson, of Geneva, chairman of the Geneva Bike and Pedestrian Committee, puts air in the bike tires of Jack Mocchi, of Geneva, at the Earth Day celebration at Peck Farm Park in Geneva Saturday. The committee offered a mini bike check as part of the festivities at the park. Laura Stoecker/
  Jerry Magiera, of Wadsworth, shears a sheep at a demonstration during the Spring Celebration event Sunday at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Mother Nature, played by Janice Aull, teaches children how to walk on stilts during the Spring Celebration event Sunday at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. Gilbert R. Boucher II/
  Wioletta Ligas of Hickory Hills takes a candy break before dancing at the Turkish American Cultural Alliance and Turkish Friends of Naperville’s International Children’s Day event at Owen Elementary School. Daniel White/
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