Talk about love of ancestry. The folks in this small Wisconsin town know exactly where they came from, and where they're headed. Explore how you can be part of the fun this season. ...

The late 1960s were the best of times and the worst of times for Belvidere, which rose from a killer tornado to see one of its own become Miss America. Paul Anthony Arco visits the pageant queen 45 years later. ...

Few city parks earn the designation of Illinois Nature Preserve, but part of Dixon's Lowell Park beats the odds. Learn why its caretakers believe they have a gem that deserves protection. ...

A year ago, we told you about Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey, a former U.S. Navy Captain who was the youngest Naval Aviator in World War II. At last, he met the man who once held that title: George Bush. ...

Returning home after a successful pro football career, this Byron native has made himself comfy. Discover what this Super Bowl champ is up to now. ...

Media Profile: Golf is more than a game for this ambitious young television reporter. In fact, it's won her quite a few accomplishments outside the newsroom. ...

Media Profile: He looks like a wrestler and a tough guy, but inside this hulking radio personality is an easygoing guy who's passionate about discovering musical talent and healthy eating. ...

Are you itching to get out of the house in search of wintertime adventures? Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or you prefer indoor activities this time of year, you're sure to find something in southern Wisconsin. ...

She's performed at the White House, played with countless celebrities and taken the stage at Carnegie Hall, yet Rockford resident Emily Bear is still just a friendly, warm-hearted girl next door. ...

If you've always admired tightly knit communities where people come together to encourage one another, be sure to stop in at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, Ill. Learn how this nonprofit has evolved into a gathering place like no other. ...