Thanks to a system of locks and dams built more than 80 years ago, the upper Mississippi River has become a vital link in world trade for our region. Join Jon McGinty as he tours some of Illinois' locks and dams, and introduces some of the people who rely on this waterway for a living. ...

It’s no accident that RFD has become one of the world’s fastest-growing cargo airports and a major intersection of commerce in Illinois. Indeed, RFD’s rise on the national and global stage has been a long time in the making, as leaders double down on their strengths and position the airport for victories to come. This is the inside story of ...

Haven’t we spent enough time in our homes over the past few months? It’s about time we got out and enjoyed this winter season. So, here are some of the best ways to embrace the cold, from playing in the snow and watching birds to warming our souls with good food and making memories that last a lifetime. ...

It's easy to take for granted just how much our flooring can affect the mood of a room, from its aesthetic appeal all the way to its actual feel. ...

COVID aside, heart disease is still the deadliest disease, but advancements in medicine are showing the amazing impact of smart preventative measures. Learn from the experts what simple steps can help to delay or altogether prevent problems down the road. ...

As Rockford Symphony Orchestra's music director, Steven Larsen, prepares to begin his next journey, he's spending plenty of time reflecting on the many ways he's impacted the orchestra over the past three decades. ...

Our children can live a prosperous life in the Rockford area, and it’s their quality education that will propel them to success. Here, Northwest Quarterly profiles area schools to assist parents in making this all-important decision about their child’s education. ...

Byron's newest attraction brings together a year-round driving range and a menu that stands on its own merits. Explore what makes PrairieFire Golf & Grill so tempting for so many. ...

Cold temperatures and snowy weather get us thinking about warm, cozy spaces where we can get away from the elements – and inevitably, that means a good look at the furnace and a fireplace. Here's what you need to know if your home could use a little cozying up. ...

What gets a small gear shop in Roscoe, Ill., into some of the most significant work in the galaxy? It comes down to high standards, tackling tough jobs and verifying the work at this world-class manufacturer. ...