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.

Smart Living Weekly – October 5, 2016

  ‘Trail of Terror’ Winds Through Our Region Right in Our Region: The Trail of Terror may sound like something out of a scary movie, but it’s actually full of…
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Northwest Quiz: Know Your Region

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

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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Smart Living Weekly – September 24, 2014

  44th Annual Autumn on Parade Right in Our Region: High above the Rock River, the famous Blackhawk Statue will watch over Oregon, Ill., during Autumn on Parade, the annual…
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Genuine Northwest, Summer Edition

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

Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

Woodlawn Arts Academy: Where Artists Go to Grow and Create

While schools are cutting back their arts programs, this Sterling-based academy is revving up. Discover how this unique location fosters artists of every age, and why this creative outlet is so important for families.

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 when only animals and flatboats carried goods across the river.