Articles by Jermaine Pigee
Genuine Northwest

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

How YMCA Helps to Strengthen Communities

The YMCA may be best known for its gym equipment and exercise facilities, but that’s just the beginning of this community-building organization. Discover how the Y continues to impact the region, through its core mission.






Nooks & Crannies

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.






A Celebration of Life

Each of us will face final days on this earth, and each of us will face the loss of people we love. While we can’t change this fact, there’s plenty we can do to improve end-of-life quality and to memorialize those we’ve lost.






Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.