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From 500 BC to 900 AD, woodland Indians developed agriculture.
Illinois’ Bicentennial: The Challenging Road To American Statehood

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year.

Brothers Mark, Todd, John, Paul and Kurt Stricker
A Story ‘Maid’ in Harvard

Six brothers set out to find their fortunes, each guided by his work in the family bakery. This is the story of how those brothers have carried the lessons and work of their youth into successful enterprises that all lead back to home.

Judi Diamond, host of B103’s morning show, has made Rockford her home. One of her hobbies is doing yoga on the rooftop at The Standard.
Know Your Neighbors: Judi Diamond Adds Spice to the Airwaves

Judi Diamond brings energy and entertainment to the airways each morning. Say hello to this radio deejay and find out how the bumpy road she took to Rockford makes her appreciate the good things about our region.

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Five Lakeside Retreats Where It’s Easy to Press Pause

Now that it’s finally time to start planning that family getaway, we’re dreaming of five nearby destinations where you can’t help but press pause at the water’s edge.

Families can explore blooming prairies and wetlands while visiting 12 learning stations during Family Nature Day, on June 23 at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill.
Natural Land Institute’s 60th Anniversary

Thanks to one man’s devotion to our region’s ecology, Natural Land Institute has spent six decades protecting the wildlife habitat, wetlands and scenic beauty inherent to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.