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.

25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who exemplify the reasons this region is a great place to live, work and play. They come from all walks of life and all corners of the region, but what distinguishes them is their dedication to transforming lives.






Monroe Arts Center: Sometimes, Old and New Make a Perfect Team

The Monroe Arts Center has begun a new chapter of service, as it embraces a new, enhanced identity. Discover all there is to see at this valued institution.






Nooks & Crannies

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.






Milestone: Swiss Colony

For 90 years, Swiss Colony has helped take the stress out of holiday shopping. Find out how a college student turned a class project into a booming business.






Northwest Quiz: Know Your Region

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






Country Church/City Church

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






Smart Living Weekly – July 15, 2015

  Craig Campbell Headlines 161st Green Co. Fair Right in Our Region: The 161st Green County Fair will take place July 22-26. Yep, you heard it right – the county’s…
Read More

5 Fall Road Trips

Before the holiday season, why not sneak in a relaxing, late-fall getaway through the countryside? We’ve called ahead to find out what’s going on in five of our favorite day-tripping destinations.






The Heritage of Barns

Does any symbol represent the Midwest better than barns? From gable to gambrel roof, and monitor to salt box shape, Jon McGinty treks through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to find these disappearing landmarks.