While schools are cutting back their arts programs, this Sterling-based academy is revving up. Discover how this unique location fosters artists of every age, and why this creative outlet is so important for families. ...

Discover a nonprofit art gallery on a mission to celebrate art and music at every turn. Meet the dedicated volunteers who make this Dixon venue spin, and discover how it impacts the region. ...

The Old Northwest Territory is filled with great institutions for higher learning. NWQ Highlights some of the best around in this annual supplement. ...

Forty years after its founding, the University of Illinois' medical college in Rockford is still churning out eager new doctors, and getting a helping hand from volunteer physicians. ...

Discover a unique organization that helps local youngsters to unlock new talents and an appreciation for music. ...

It started with a rainy day, and turned into a lifelong passion. Meet a local writer and educator who has spent his life chasing a key figure in U.S. Naval history. ...

Judson University (Private/Four-Year) 1151 N. State St., Elgin, Ill., and 1055 Featherstone Road, Rockford, Ill. www.JudsonU.edu Judson University is an evangelical Christian university offering a liberal arts education through a variety of undergraduate and “practitioner-based” graduate programs. Two campuses provide the Judson experience – the main campus along the Fox River, in Elgin, and an extension campus in Rockford. Founded ...

George Williams College of Aurora University (Private/Four-Year) 350 Constance Blvd., PO Box 210, Williams Bay, Wis. www.aurora.edu/gwc Established in 1893, George Williams College merged with Aurora University in 2000, creating a broader wealth of opportunities for students on this gorgeous 133-acre campus, located on the picturesque shores of Geneva Lake, in Williams Bay, Wis. The two schools are distinctive, but ...