Features
Overall, quality of life is  good in Rockford, and it’s in the process of getting even better. (RACVB photo)
Rockford’s Victory Lap: A Deeper Look at Our Progress

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.

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8 Unexpected Midwest Vacation Destinations

Forget Disney World and your family’s traditional summertime escape. We’ve found eight Midwestern locations that, even if they seem a little familiar, still hold plenty of surprises for those willing to accept the journey

Rockford Police dump confiscated illegal booze into the street in front of the county courthouse. (Midway Village Museum photo)
Prohibition: The Noble Experiment That Failed

The 18th Amendment was a “noble experiment” to correct the ills of substance abuse, but as a law proved to be an ultimate failure. Jon McGinty takes a look at how Prohibition affected our region. Spoiler: there was definitely mayhem and murder.

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Remembering the Bucs

It’s been 25 years since Belvidere High School achieved the improbable – winning consecutive football state titles. Today, those memories still burn bright for the team, school and community.

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9 Defining Golf Adventures

The golf course is a place you’ll find respite – though you’re sure to have an adventure, too. Discover the gorgeous scenery and dastardly obstacles awaiting at these nine courses.