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Meal line at the Rockford Rescue Mission
Rockford Rescue Mission’s 50 Years of Changing Lives

For nearly half a century, it’s helped people who have nowhere else to turn. Jim Killam explores this ministry that embraces and acts on the words of Jesus Christ, and explains the rich history of this difficult but rewarding work.

Rockford's Starlight Theatre. (Greg Murphy photo)
National Travel Writers: ‘Rockford Has a Lot to Be Proud Of’

For a city our size, we have an awful lot of good things going for us, but it’s nice to hear it from “outside experts,” too. Paul Anthony Arco talked to some writers after their recent visit, and you know what? They liked us. They really liked us.

Retired Judge Dan Doyle spends a lot of time at his computer these days, crafting plays inspired by moments in his career. (Christin Dunmire photo)
Dan Doyle: A Writer’s Best Judgement

He worked for the FBI during the Civil Rights era, and then worked his way up through a series of prestigious legal positions before retiring. So what’s he up to now? Paul Anthony Arco discovers this judge’s newest career.

Photo by David C. Olson
Prairie Promises

Illinois was once covered by more than 20 million acres of prairie, but now less than 2,500 acres of quality remnant prairie are left. Jamie Johannsen explores prairie’s role in the environment and restoration efforts in the Prairie State.

Artists Nikki Cooper and Suzanne Miller painted this fiberglass version of a Swiss cow, dubbed Moo-rilyn Monroe, for the Square.
Farmin’ on the Square in Monroe

Exciting things are happening in this small Wisconsin town. Take a walk down the historic square and see the colorful results of its current come-and-explore campaign.