Rick Blair jots down notes on what has been damaged during the flood inside of one of the classrooms Saturday Dec. 28, 2013 at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford. The museum became flooded after a water valve on the first floor bursted and forced the staff to relocate it’s animal and insect artifacts into a close classroom.
John Milliken ties up Milton Bailey’s 16 feet 6 inch tall sunflower during the International Sunflower Festival Saturday in Frankfort. Bailey’s sunflower won and broke a previous record of 6 feet 3 inches that was set in 2010.
Members of the media look at the spacecraft Orion after the Mobile Service Tower rolled away from it Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Space Launch Complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Orion fitted with a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket prepares to travel into space on the first test flight of the Orion missions which hope to some day place a man on Mars.
Belvidere North cheerleaders hug after winning first place during the NIC-10 Cheer meet Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford.
A fan stage dives at the request of Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong during Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill.
A man pulls his feet up to avoid the water while he rides his bike on the path between North Ave beach and Oak Street Beach, Friday, September 30, 2011.
Allison, 16 and Gabe McGlone, 5, play in the family’s living room while parents, Jason and Ursula, prepare dinner for their family of nine. The McGlones have adopted seven children and fostered over 40 children over the last two years. Ursula states the idea to adopt all of the children came to her in a dream and she decide that the couple needed to go save children that needed a good family.
Friends and neighbors of the Denesha family help carry down a recliner from the second story Friday, June 5, 2015 along North County Line Road in Longmont, Colorado. Nearly 25 homes were damaged during a tornado that touched down in Larimer and Boulder County.
Tyrese Craft, 9, holds his sister, Taryne, 6, during a remembrance rally Saturday, April 19, 2014, along the Rock River in Rockford. The rally was held in the remembrance of Natasha Cleary and her children who were killed and all other families that were affected by domestic violence.
Marwin Joe helps load up hay for a resident August 14, 2015 at the Gadii’ahi/To’Koi Chapter House. Close to 20 charters of the Navajo Nation rely on the San Juan River for their farming and raising livestock as well as many relying on the river for all other water usage.
Mackenna Steinbrook, student at Unioto, cries after her father, Mack, who was stationed in Afghanistan, surprised the family with an early return during Friday’s basketball game at Unioto. “All I asked for Christmas was for my dad back,” said Steinbrook. “I even put it on Facebook.”
A firefighter walks past the burning building Friday, July 11, 2014, on the 2500 block of Kishwaukee Avenue in Rockford. The fire broke out close to 4:30PM with no injuries reported at this time.
Fire fighters begin to extinguish the fire broke out at 449 Mill Street, right around 9:30 PM, Wednesday. The electrical fire destroyed the back side of the two flat, displacing the three families that resided there.
Brittney Stanfel poses for the judges Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere.