The majestic bald eagle is a common sight along the waterways of the Old Northwest Territory. Learn more about how you can find these proud symbols of our nation - right in our own backyards. ...

Discover a Rockford-area church that's been a sanctuary for the city's Italian heritage, as it celebrates a proud century, and looks forward to the next. ...

A crown jewel among its peers, Starved Rock State Park celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. Learn more about this land's 10,000 years of human history and the efforts to preserve it for the future. ...

Rockford's Fourth of July fireworks event isn't the only celebration that bears Joe Marino's fingerprints. For more than 50 years, he's volunteered his time to support local traditions, from the Festival of Lights to Festa Italiana. ...

Tracking down unique gifts isn't limited to a season. No matter the occasion, follow our annual gift guide for plenty of one-of-a-kind items you'll find around the Stateline area. ...

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route. ...

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities. ...

What is it about the endangered whooping crane that so entrances the human heart? Local photographer Mark Blassage shares his experience of spending 24 days on "crane time" last fall. ...

A surprising number of people from our region have found success in the world of professional racing. Northwest Quarterly Writer Paul Anthony Arco tracked down racer Danica Patrick, Pit Crew Chief Chad Knaus and ESPN journalist Nicole Briscoe. ...

There may be a more charming place to spend autumn than Galena, Ill., but we haven't found it. Learn what's new, what's old and what's going on now in this remaarkable enclave near the Mississippi River. ...