A Promising Outlook for Economic Success

Explore how seven communities are supercharging recent developments, how they’re setting the stage for new things to come, and why they’re optimistic about their prospects for the coming 12 months.

Northwest Quiz: Know Your Region

Can you match each item to the northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin county to which it belongs?






Spotting the Hawks

Only a few decades ago, hawks were nearly wiped out, when humans thoughtlessly poisoned them with DDT and other insecticides. Today, these magnificent creatures remind us that adapting to new realities is imperative for survival.






Poplar Grove Airport: Where Flying is Fun

From its beginning as the first airport in Boone County, to being named the 2015 Best Private Airport in Illinois, Poplar Grove Airport has earned a unique reputation among aviators, both locally and worldwide.






Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.






Smart Living Weekly – July 30, 2014

  The Magic of the Boone County Fair Right in Our Region: From Aug. 5-10, it’s Boone County Fair time, and that means livestock, bull riders, demolition derbies, carnival rides,…
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Nothing Quite Like the County Fair

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.