From U.S. presidents to also-rans and powerful Washington influencers, Illinois and Wisconsin residents have enjoyed a long and colorful connection with the White House. Test your knowledge. ...

Too often, weekly warriors forget to do their homework. Our region's locally owned garden centers, stone specialists and roofing contractors are ready to guide you through the job. ...

Sure you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed when only animals and flatboats carried goods across the river. Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a story we first ran in Summer 2012. See the original here. O ...

His poet-philosopher cousin is more famous, but this Rockford businessman had the practical sense to develop many of the city's most important industries. Discover more about this man who stood tall in our community. ...

How much do you know about The Prairie State and its proud people? Take our quiz and find out. ...

It's been 150 years since the bloodiest war on American soil came to an end, with the final battle staged at Appomattox. Learn how the Civil War wound down and how folks in Galena are celebrating this important milestone. ...

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. ...

This coast-to-coast byway still showcases lovely America in a way that I-80 and I-90 just can't do. Louise Brass explains why it means so much to so many locals, and how its 100th anniversary is being celebrated this summer. ...

We’ve survived another presidential election. So far, Illinois lays claim to four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. How much do you know about these American leaders? ...