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. ...

Whether you’re yearning for a traditional vacation or looking for an afternoon excursion, it’s time for a change of scenery. We found 14 that are just far enough from home to feel like a true autumn getaway. ...

After decades of hard work and persistence by many people, the Ziock Building in downtown Rockford has finally been reborn as the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront. ...

Bird watching is one of North America’s fastest growing and most popular hobbies. But signs suggest wild birds are in serious trouble. Is it possible they could go the way of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, and disappear? ...

They were rugged pioneers and captains of industry, and their influence on the Rock River Valley is still apparent today. Join Janine Pumilia as she dives into the stories of this family's arrival and impact on our history. ...

Since Prohibition ended, Mary’s Place has been serving customers at its humble location on the Rock River. Owner Becky Haddad and her son, Jason, have a plethora of tales to tell about the storied history of making it Rockford’s oldest continuously operated bar. ...