The news we read isn't always the happiest. But it's the news that keeps us informed about our community, the stories we hear from neighbors and need to find online for ourselves to believe the truth of it.
Sometimes we read news because we're curious. Other times because we're scared. But most of all, I think we read the news because we care. We care about the place we live. Not just what's happening in town, but what's happened to the people we call neighbors.
These might not be the biggest stories of 2012, but this is what readers viewed most on Darien Patch:
2. Police: Couple Leaves Kids in Car to Use Drugs at Gas Station Christmas Eve
3. PHOTOS: Who Was Joshua Holmes?
4. Ann Romney & The American Mother: Mom Talk
6. Charges Filed in Palos-Area Crash That Left Darien Man Dead
7. FBI Warns of New 'Drive-By' Internet Scam
8. Sex Offender Watch: A Map of Darien Homes to Keep on Your Radar this Halloween
9. Readers' Choice: Which Darien Preschool is Tops?