Bird watching is one of North America’s fastest growing and most popular hobbies. But signs suggest wild birds are in serious trouble. Is it possible they could go the way of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, and disappear? ...

This firm has spent the past decade helping area companies grow their businesses. Meet a dedicated owner and find out how he continues to grow his company through service to others. ...

In the shifting reality of this new economy, regional leaders are embracing the uncertainty and doubling down on the strategies and mindsets that have led to serious growth over the past decade. ...

As they respond to COVID-19, Rockford-area health systems are finding they have a lot in common. The inside story on local preparations. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of our region and continues to influence its culture. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue. ...

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas faced off in a series of debates throughout Illinois, and the outcome was life-altering for everyone. Learn how Freeport is celebrating Lincoln’s legacy today. ...

Some museums ask you not to touch anything, but at this hands-on attraction, it’s openly encouraged. Step inside this family fixture and learn how a group of retired educators turned a dream into a reality. ...

This Freeport brewery has been serving up craft beer since 2014. Learn how the brewery got off the ground and find out what makes the beer so unique. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. ...