At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, brilliant minds conceived the idea of having an annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinosians. This year, the Lincoln Academy convenes in Rockford for the first time in nearly 50 years. ...

The wilderness that surrounds our urban landscapes is a source of inspiration and peacefulness for many photographers. Their work reveals a glimpse of what we can experience while exploring this magnificent planet. ...

It’s amazing how quickly entire life histories can vanish from view. Those of us who yearn to know from where – and from whom – we came need only to don our detective hats. ...

This young hockey player is emerging as one of the best on Rockford's AHL affiliate. Meet the young talent and learn what it's like to be a professional hockey player. ...

The Rockford region’s new leaders have bold ideas for moving our region forward. But can they exorcise the ghosts of our past and rise beyond the challenges of today? ...

Sure, you can do all of your shopping online or at the mall. But you're missing out. For a truly memorable gift-giving season, head out to some of these inspiring downtown districts. We promise you'll find unique gifts and a fun experience along the way ...

Today, more than ever, man’s best friend has become an integral part of our families, jobs and health. Take a look at some of the ways in which we put dogs to work, such as policing, therapy and service. ...

When Melinda Roberts visited Wisconsin for the first time in 2011, she had no idea she would soon be diagnosed with colon cancer. Given two years to live, she began recording Wisconsin's historical markers as a therapeutic project. ...

When First Presbyterian and Second Congregational UCC in Rockford banded together, members discovered just what it means when two are better than one. ...

Growing up in Rockford, author John Gile had always admired the fabled Rockford West High School basketball teams that won back-to-back championships in the 1950s. But his journey to tell the story about the Warriors took an odyssey all its own. ...