Our 10 most-read blog posts of 2013

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As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve pulled together some of our favorites from the year: movies, concerts and more. (For all our lists of the year’s best, worst and biggest, check out our “Best of 2013” board on Pinterest.)

Here now are some of your favorites, the most-read posts on our Voices blog:

10. The actual Obama Senate resignation letter.

Lynn Sweet posted then-Senator Barack Obama’s letter to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich resigning from his seat after his election to the White House. For you to print out and keep forever in your scrapbooks.

9. Four legislative leaders strike deal on pension reform.

Just before Thanksgiving, Illinois House and Senate leaders finally struck a pension-reform deal. Later, it passed both houses and was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

8. Stevie Nicks’ witch rumors fly again in tonight’s ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ episode.

Rumors about Stevie Nicks being a witch have hounded the singer-songwriter for years. And they probably won’t go away until we put her on a scale with a duck, Monty Python-style.

7. Six reasons why I feel cheated by ‘Betrayal,’ ABC’s underwhelming adultery drama.

‘Betrayal’ was one of the biggest busts of the fall TV season for our Lori Rackl. Perhaps you agreed?

6. Watch this fan take a helmet from Winnipeg Jets’ Adam Pardy at Blackhawks game.

Remember this?

5. Happy Saturday: Naked “goddess of the train” causes delays on the Red Line.

And this?

4. Brandon Marshall: Lions’ defense ‘borderline’ illegal for quarterback hits.

The Bears had a lot of issues this year. I’m not sure the Lions’ defense was the biggest of them.

3. Police open fire at Romeoville Kohl’s in Black Friday incident.

A Romeoville Police officer shot a man and another officer was injured while trying to stop suspects after a shoplifting incident at a Kohl’s store in the southwest suburb during a sale on Thanksgiving.

2. Interactive graphic: One block destroyed in Washington, Ill., tornado.

Max Rust created this interactive graphic that shows the same block of Washington, Ill., both before and after the mid-November tornado there. That, along with our on-the-ground coverage linked in this blog post, give a glimpse of the total devastation in the town.

1. 2013 Illinois Test Scores: Top 50 schools.

Staff reporter Art Golab created these tables to show Illinois elementary, middle and high schools ranking in the top 50 in standardized testing in 2013.

Are any of your favorites missing from the list?

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