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Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara
4 Leaders Charting a Course to Prosperity

The Rockford region’s new leaders have bold ideas for moving our region forward. But can they exorcise the ghosts of our past and rise beyond the challenges of today?

FEATURES
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6 Can’t-Miss Holiday Shopping Destinations

Sure, you can do all of your shopping online or at the mall. But you’re missing out. For a truly memorable gift-giving season, head out to some of these inspiring downtown districts. We promise you’ll find unique gifts and a fun experience along the way

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Dogs with Jobs

Today, more than ever, man’s best friend has become an integral part of our families, jobs and health. Take a look at some of the ways in which we put dogs to work, such as policing, therapy and service.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Betsy Baker, Lance Retallick and Erin Philpott perform in Artists’ Ensemble’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 15-17 at Rockford University’s Cheek Theater, in Rockford.
4 Holiday-Inspired Shows to Enjoy This Season

For loved ones who prefer “experiences” over “gifts,” why not consider gifting them tickets to a holiday-themed show? Here are some of the best plays, musicals and concerts happening in our area this holiday season.

REGIONAL DINING
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Holiday Drinks to Keep you Warm

If you’re feeling cold this holiday season, grab a hot speciality drink to warm up. We explore five area coffee shops and some of their signature holiday drinks.

HOME & GARDEN
Great lighting and comfy sofas are essential components when crafting a cozy room.
5 Favorite Things Every Home Needs

Properly furnishing a home can feel intimidating. But when you really think about it, only a few key items set the tone for comfort and style. When they’re carefully chosen,…
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HEALTH & FITNESS
George Schaffner recently joined Bryden Motors as the new general manager. The experienced leader plans to grow the service department to work with more customers, expand site management, grow the sales department and train his replacement.
Miracles Happening in Neonatal and Pediatric Care

A parent never wants to see their child sick in the hospital, yet sometimes complications arise. Journey into some of the best neonatal and pediatric care centers in our region by following the story of Dorothy, a baby born premature.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Fall Fashion: Taking Autumn in Style

Take a look at what’s fashionable this fall with this interactive photo gallery.

MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ’s 2018 Guide to Schools

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts, with a focus on individual abilities and strengths. To help with your decisions, we’ve found a few of the best.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Find all 19 walking tour plaques in downtown Rockford.
Enjoy Fun Local History Events at Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum has plenty of events coming up that are both educational and fun. Learn what’s happening this holiday season.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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4 Proven Strategies to Get and Keep Customers

Working in sales can be complicated, but experts Dave Stein and Steve Anderson have some advice. Here are four strategies to master the art of getting and keeping customers.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
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Commercial Builders for Your Big Expansion

As our region rebounds and organizations continue investing in capital projects, you may be planning for your own growth project. We present some of the region’s top-notch firms for construction and contracting.