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A Civil War re-enactor visits a cemetery.
The Civil War: When They Marched to the Sound of the Guns

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation’s bloodiest war.

A couple boating on the Rock River, near the Rockford YMCA. (Karla Nagy photo)
Going With the Flow: Fishing, Boating and Playing on the Rock River

For generations, the Rock River has provided much to those who settled along its banks. Not only is it a place for commerce, but it’s ideal for recreation. Discover the many opportunities for boating, skiing, fishing and more.

Wayne Lensing strikes a tough-guy pose in his favorite display, the car used for the death scene in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Lensing wants to build his museum into a tourist destination that will benefit local businesses.
Historic Auto Attractions, Where Cars Tell Their Stories

It started as a hobby for an auto enthusiast, and eventually grew into an impressive collection of the world’s most famous automobiles, and the historic artifacts that tell their stories. Travel inside Historic Auto Attractions, Rockton, Ill.

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A River Runs Through Them

The Rock River ties together the communities of our region and it’s been a driving force for commerce and growth. We celebrate our region by looking at the many recreational and cultural treasures that lie along our riverfront.

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The Voyageurs: Paddlers, Traders, Explorers of Wilderness

Dubbed by some historians as “the Teamsters of their time,” the French Canadian voyageurs made an incredible impact on the New World. Learn about these rugged men who paddled, portaged, traded and mapped our region.