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Dantrell Blake (left) blows air into his double walled bowl as project manager N’Kosi Barber (right) heats up his glass cup at the glass blowing studio at the Firebird Community Arts in East Garfield Park, Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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Picture Chicago: This week in 13 photos

Jesse White makes his last public appearance as Secretary of State and former First Lady Michelle Obama visits Chicago on her book tour to talk with David Letterman.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with David Letterman about her book “The Light We Carry” at the Chicago Theater in the Loop, Monday, Dec. 5.

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The Jesse White Tumbling Team performs during Secretary of State Jesse White’s last public appearance at the Jesse White Community Center in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Jennifer Otten packs finished bags into a box after volunteers make bags with snacks and reading material to handout to the incarcerated across Illinois at Willow Creek Community Church in South Loop, Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Jeannette Greene, the new commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, stands on a pile of trees on the deck of the ship, which is docked at Navy Pier, Friday morning, Dec. 2. The ship, which travels to Chicago annually to deliver trees, arrived Thursday.

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North Lawndale’s Jemarje Windfield (3) shoots the ball over Mount Carmel’s Richie Zoller (32). Mount Carmel had a 72-48 victory Saturday against North Lawndale in the Chicago Elite Classic at Credit Union 1 Arena.

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The Barrington girls basketball team reacts after winning against Whitney Young in the Chicago Elite Classic at Credit Union 1 Arena Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Englewood food giveaway fills gap left by shuttered Whole Foods as people and cars lined up down the block to receive some of the 60,000 pounds of frozen beef, hot dogs and bacon at 63rd Street and Ashland Avenue Monday, Dec. 5.

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Engineering students present their projects during an Engineering Idea competition at Wilbur Wright College in Portage Park, Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker smells myrcene while staff tours him around Ivy Hall, a “sensory dispensary” in the Wicker Park neighborhood, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2022, where he spoke about the first social equity licensee dispensary.

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

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Candidates recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at Wintrust Arena in South Loop, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Nearly 2000 candidates from 120 countries received their citizenship at the districts largest naturalization ceremony.

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Lisa Benjamin, founder of Millennium Enterprise II, sits in her office in Matteson, Ill., Wednesday, Dec. 7. Benjamin has been running her own general contracting business since 2007 and is eager to expand and do more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly construction and remodeling. Benjamin has been counting on job-training and placement help that Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other politicians promised when the Illinois Legislature passed and Pritzker signed into law last year a major clean energy law.

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Elementary school children hold up hand drawn signs and cheer before a teachers vs. students soccer game in the gym of Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Friday, Dec. 2.

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