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Rock River runs through several urban areas, including Rockford, pictured here. While point source industrial pollution is less of a concern than it was 30 years ago before the 1972 Clean Water Act, agricultural run-off continues to be of major concern to environmentalists who study the Rock’s water quality.  (Brad Nordlof photo)
The Rock River: From Ruin to Recovery

Human impact has forever changed the quality of this great river, and it will never again regain its sparkling clarity or many native species now extinct. Nearly 40 years after the Clean Water Act, things are looking better.

Artist Joseph Yeschek painted these pieces of Pickard china -- a vase, jardinière and sugar bowl, circa 1904. (Pickard Collectors Club photo)
Pickard China: An American Tradition

The only remaining U.S. manufacturer of fine porcelain china got its start locally nearly 117 years ago. Learn why collectors covet this fine pottery and why government officials – including the First Family – still order the company’s place settings and gifts of state.

Features: Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois
Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois

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.

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Rockford.
A Century of Italian-American Life

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.

One of the many canyons at Starved Rock State Park. (Kathy Casstevens-Jasiek photo)
Starved Rock State Park: If Canyons Could Talk

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.