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Larry Arft, Beloit city manager
Why We Love Our Region – Part 2

Ask a thousand people and they’ll give you a thousand reasons why this corner of the Old Northwest Territory is the best place in the world to live, work and play. Paul Anthony Arco asks local leaders why they love their region.

A portrait of P.A. Peterson (photo provided)
P.A. Peterson: ‘Rockford’s Greatest Citizen’

At the dawn of the 20th century, Rockford was a booming town, driven by many Swedish immigrants, including PA Peterson. Jon McGinty explores the history of Rockford’s greatest philanthropist, whose influence is still felt today.






An historical view of the Post House
Dixon’s Historic Post House: Still Delivering to the Community

It’s been central to life in Dixon for longer than anyone can remember. Karla Nagy traces the history of this historic building and reveals its new, 21st-century life.






The Court of Honor, inside the world's fairgrounds. (Image GN90799d courtesy Field Museum)
The 1893 Columbian Exposition: Remembering Chicago’s White City

Chicago was a young and wild city when it hosted the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Discover how traces of the magnificent White City and its treasures are still visible around Chicagoland, and what contribution Rockford played.






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10 Fantastic Fall Destinations

Autumn is the perfect time to explore the Midwest, as trees turn vibrant colors, farmers harvest golden fields and cool breezes remind us that we’ll soon be spending a lot of time indoors. Here are 10 quintessential destinations.