This may be “flyover country,” but our region has led the nation through many important milestones, both in social movements and product innovations. See if you can figure out which state each occasion took place, marking I for Illinois, or W for Wisconsin. ...

Of all the components that comprise a wedding ceremony and reception, few are as important – or as challenging to schedule – as the venue. Whether you dream of a Midwest destination or a hometown setting, these are some top options. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. ...

Check out these stunning photos from local photographers. ...

Infectious diseases are sometimes forgotten, but never gone. Here's a refresher on the simple steps you should be taking to keep yourself healthy. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

Risk has always been present for this Rockford-based expert in carpet cleaning, but it's the family's adaptability to changing conditions and a focus on quality that have kept this business moving with the times. ...

Our editors have given out grades as we reflect on many facets of Rockford's renewal. We know there’s still room for improvement, but we’re proud of how far things have come. ...

Started as a way of honoring a Belvidere mother's late son, Andy's Books for Kids has become a fixture in classrooms all over our region, and beyond. This is the real power of books. ...

Some museums ask you not to touch anything, but at this hands-on attraction, it’s openly encouraged. Step inside this family fixture and learn how a group of retired educators turned a dream into a reality. ...