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     December 23, 2019      #12-357 KDJ

Mr. Christmas: Local man's home boasts 17

By Phil Angelo

CHEBANSE — Most begin putting up their Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving.

Doug Latta starts in September.

The law legalizes recreational marijuana use in Illinois will go into effect Jan. 1. Bloomberg/Chris Roussakis

That’s when he starts hauling items from a two-story garage specially constructed to hold a Christmas collection so immense that all of it doesn’t come out. It’s also a task he does only once every two years.

This is an on-year for Latta, a retired teacher who lives near the Chebanse exit on Interstate 57. For the past 15 years, too, Latta has been a sort of Chebanse tourist ...

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