Translating the Language of Confusion

More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, which causes about 70 percent of dementia cases. Learn about progressive local facilities that make life more enjoyable for these patients, by looking at life from their point of view.

Comfortable, Enjoyable Living During the Golden Years

Retirement is the start of a whole new journey. Check out these exceptional local retirement centers, where residents find out how wonderful life can be, with maintenance-free living, plenty of independence and all the amenities they could wish for.

Passion For Her Craft Spans the Seasons

Meet a Freeport, Ill.-area artist who’s made a hobby – and now a living – of showing Jolly St. Nick in all sorts of year-round attire.

Two Thumbs Up at Lindo Theatre in Freeport

Explore Freeport’s beautifully-restored Lindo Theatre, and meet the family behind Classic Cinemas, a company that revels in transforming vintage theaters into viable downtown assets.

Rockford Art Museum Fall Exhibit Explores City Spaces

Find urban landscapes and their “Spaces Within,” at Rockford Art Museum’s newest exhibition.

Local Ties to the Underground Railroad

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route.

The Deep Hometown Roots of An American President

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities.

The Nygren Five: A Photographer’s Vigil

What is it about the endangered whooping crane that so entrances the human heart? Local photographer Mark Blassage shares his experience of spending 24 days on “crane time” last fall.

On the Fast Track in Professional Racing

A surprising number of people from our region have found success in the world of professional racing. Northwest Quarterly Writer Paul Anthony Arco tracked down racer Danica Patrick, Pit Crew Chief Chad Knaus and ESPN journalist Nicole Briscoe.

Autumn in Galena

There may be a more charming place to spend autumn than Galena, Ill., but we haven’t found it. Learn what’s new, what’s old and what’s going on now in this remaarkable enclave near the Mississippi River.