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. ...

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. ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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. ...

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. ...

For nearly 30 years, this district has quietly grown to include education centers, green construction, a golf course and numerous other attractions. Discover what these 2,000 acres hold for nature-lovers and recreation enthusiasts. ...

It may have been by accident that Merlin Hagemann ended up owning his flower shop, but it's no coincidence that he's spent 40 years treating his customers like family. ...