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Rockford Schools Construct a Better Path to Learning

While students in the Rockford Public Schools are out for the summer, many of their classrooms are being transformed into modern learning spaces. Discover what it’s taken to make some long-needed changes.

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Nine Un-Fore-Gettable Golf Holes

The golf season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to hit the links. Tour some of the region’s best golf holes, from a deceptive par 3 that drops 100 feet to a par 5 that requires precise hits.

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When the Iron Horse Came to Town

Chicago’s first railroad was set to travel through Galena, straight through Rockford. But even in the 1830s, bringing rail service to Rockford was no easy work. Learn how it happened the first time.

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Northwest Neighbors: Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green

With only a year under his belt as regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Dr. Alex Stagnaro has been busy making a difference.

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Northwest Neighbors: Mike Brown

After a rough beginning, YMCA leader Mike Brown is finding his way and energizing this longtime institution as it builds the foundation for its future.