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This 1838 Mitchell Pocket Map map illustrates how the frontier grew from south to the north in Illinois. Statehood was achieved in 1818. Dixon and Oregon were founded in 1830 and 1833. Note the areas still marked simply “Sauks and Foxes” to the northeast.
Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed…
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Dorothy Paige-Turner: Truly Legendary

After 34 years of teaching music, this retired educator and active performer is keeping herself busy on the Rockford entertainment scene.

(David C. Olson photo)
Spotting the Hawks

Only a few decades ago, hawks were nearly wiped out, when humans thoughtlessly poisoned them with DDT and other insecticides. Today, these magnificent creatures remind us that adapting to new realities is imperative for survival.

Seventh Street runs through the heart of Midtown District, which is roughly bounded by East State Street, Kishwaukee Street, Railroad Avenue and 11th Street.
Rockford’s Midtown Rising

The Midtown District of Rockford is experiencing a rebirth as developers rescue its lovely old buildings from years of disrepair. Paul Anthony Arco leads a tour of this neighborhood where a new community is thriving.

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Put the Fun Back Into Shopping: NWQ’s Holiday Shopping Guide

There was a time when holiday shopping was a lot of fun, not just a chore accomplished at the mall or online. Start off your holiday season with some fun by checking out unique, locally owned businesses in these 10 destinations.