We've got a lot to look forward to this year, Mayan apocalypse notwithstanding. But first, let's take a look back at the year that was.
Here's a list of the articles in our "Faces of 2011" series, in which we reporters pick the local people who made news -- or best illustrated what made news -- in the past year. Read on, then vote in our poll below for the biggest local news story of 2011. Ready... set...
- Marengo resident Amanda Schulten carries conjoined twins
- New District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy battles teacher layoffs, Sears legislation
- Allen Pollack breathes life into new community radio station in Huntley
- Mary Lake takes volunteering in Burlington to new level
- Joe Follrath and Suzanne Pfaff close downtown Elgin Quiznos in another tough year to be in business
- Killing of 5-year-old Eric Galarza Jr. brings horror of Elgin shootings home
- Pingree Grove Police Chief Carol Lussky and dog ready to help after Joplin tornado
- Mayor Dave Kaptain takes the helm in Elgin
- Cancer deaths of Pat Keeney, Steve Munson and Victor Gonzalez made year difficult for Elgin downtowners
-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter