The late 1960s were the best of times and the worst of times for Belvidere, which rose from a killer tornado to see one of its own become Miss America. Paul Anthony Arco visits the pageant queen 45 years later. ...

This best-selling novelist happily lives a quiet life in Belvidere, but when she travels the nation on book-signing tours, her fans turn out in droves. Discover how this talented writer became a New York Times best-selling author. ...

Gone are the cluttered desks and messy spaces that once filled our kitchens. Explore some of the nifty devices and high-tech solutions that are becoming a standard part of our modern kitchens. ...

Moving to a retirement community is never an easy decision, but many of us will do it sooner or later, for ourselves or a loved one. Here are some of the area's top senior living. ...

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. ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. Discover places of worship, one in the country and one in the city. ...

If there's one thing we do really well in our region, it's county fairs. Paul Anthony Arco and Rebecca O'Malley set off for the Boone County Fair to see why fans and participants keep coming back year after year. ...

Meet a family whose innate dog-handling skills have kept happy customers coming back for more than a generation. ...

We all live here for a reason, and some of us are downright passionate about life in our region. Meet 24 residents who represent many walks of life in our communities, and see why they call this place home. ...

Meet a group of therapists who are dedicated to making therapy sessions a relaxing, less painful experience. ...