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. ...

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. ...

A simple postcard can be an intriguing mystery to uncover. It shares a glimpse from those who travel, and it preserves special memories from our past. ...

Nature is all around us, if we know where to look. For local photographer Barbara Cunningham, signs of the natural world abound, as evidenced by the many types of birds she’s captured in her own backyard. ...

It’s hard to know when news will break, and when it does, you can bet 23 News' Mike Garrigan will be ready. Get to know this local evening news anchor and find out why he enjoys bringing Rockford the latest updates each night. ...

The birth of Christ in Bethlehem is among the most celebrated moments in world history. Editor Emeritus Janine Pumilia goes through the history of Christmas, reminding us of the true reason for the season. ...

It’s easy to take for granted that wolves once roamed the open prairies, until human activity pushed them out. Thanks to the efforts of many, they’re on the move. ...

Meet the trio delivering your morning news. Aaron Wilson, Andy Gannon and Danielle Tumilowicz deliver the morning news every weekday on WIFR-23. Every weekday, anchors Andy Gannon and Danielle Tumilowicz deliver the morning news from WIFR-23, Rockford’s local CBS-affiliated station. They’re joined by morning weather anchor Aaron Wilson, and together, the three strive to deliver information that’s accurate, fair and ...

Join Bill and Lisa Hughes, publishers of Northwest Quarterly, as they recount the incredible sights of their recent drive through the great American West. ...

Since long before French explorers settled the banks of the Illinois River, the Peoria area has beckoned to the adventurous. From native tribes to whiskey stills, vaudeville performers and giant earthmoving equipment, this city’s rich history is baked into its culture – and its top destinations. ...