Northwest Quiz: Local Presidential Connections

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.

For Outdoor Projects, Family-Owned Businesses Have the Expertise

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.

Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

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…
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Rockford’s Ralph Emerson: Right Man for the Times

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.

Northwest Quiz: All About Illinois

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

1865: The War’s Last Year

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.

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 Historic Lincoln Highway

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.

Northwest Quiz, Winter 2013

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?