Allan Pinkerton: America’s First Private Eye

During the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton was creating a “Secret Service,” foiling assassination attempts and rooting out Confederate spies. Jon McGinty explains how Pinkerton found his calling in our region.

Know Your Neighbors: Tom Hauff

Military roots run deep in the family of this Glenview dentist, whose ancestors died fighting in the Civil War 150 years ago. Discover how three generations of war re-enactors are connecting with history.

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion plays a major role in the culture of our Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city.

Northwest Quiz: Illinois and the Civil War

Illinois played a major role in helping to ensure a Union victory during the Civil War. Test your knowledge of our region’s Civil War connections.

The Real Aviators of Rockford

It was the “Mad Men” era of martini lunches and Saturday night parties for the close-knit, highly skilled group of pilots who flew Rockford executives in the 1950s and ’60s. Gail Ravitts recounts her husband’s experience and the aviators he worked alongside.

Success Story: Akerman Shoes

Discover a Rockford-based business that has spent 53 years giving customers its heart and sole, in the pursuit of quality service.

P.A. Peterson: ‘Rockford’s Greatest Citizen’

At the dawn of the 20th century, Rockford was a booming town, driven by many Swedish immigrants, including PA Peterson. Jon McGinty explores the history of Rockford’s greatest philanthropist, whose influence is still felt today.

Success Story: Dubes Jewelry

Since 1870, this jewelry store has served customers from the same location, and for the past 60 years, one familiar face has served his customers faithfully. Discover what keeps this store’s passionate octogenarian owner at work seven days a week.

Genuine Northwest, Fall 2012

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

Welcome to Shullsburg

Wisconsin’s third oldest town, once known for mining and the railroad, Shullsburg today is comprised of friendly, hardworking people who serve as the backbone of this community. From antique shops to quaint restaurants, Shullsburg is a must-visit on your next trip to the dairy state.