Clear Vision, for a Life Lived Well

At 93 years young, optician Earl Fulling still reports to work each day at Northern Illinois Optical, the business he established in downtown Rockford in 1949. Today, with son Mike, he’s serving second-, third- and fourth-generation customers.

Holiday Recipes from the NWQ Staff

As the holidays approach, we offer a collection of time-tested recipes handed down from our ancestors.

A Field of Dreams at Rockford RiverHawks Game

When it comes to good summer fun, it’s hard to beat time spent at the ballgame. Step inside a day at Road Ranger Stadium, home of Rockford’s own minor-league baseball team.

MashUp: Serving Comfort Food with a Twist

Comfort food is what it’s all about at MashUp, where standard fare is mac and cheese, chicken pot pies and other gourmet twists on our favorite dishes.

Nothing Quite Like the County Fair

If there’s one thing we do really well in our region, it’s county fairs. Paul Anthony Arco and Rebecca O’Malley set off for the Boone County Fair to see why fans and participants keep coming back year after year.

Success Story: Cherry Valley Feed & Supplies

Meet a family who’s using its love of farming to provide customers with a variety of feed and supply needs. Ostrich and zebra chow are just the beginning.

Webbs Norman: A Lifetime of Lessons

He’s spent more than 50 years working with the Rockford Park District, and his latest project is no small feat. Discover some of the lessons from this dynamic director, and learn about his new book — a comprehensive history of the park district.

Mike Webb Gets On with the Show

Delivering memorable theater – and beautiful moments – is his calling. Meet this inspiring talent, who’s spent three decades sharing his passion with his hometown.

Rockford RiverHawks Expect a Grand Slam Season

The crack of the bat. The plush green grass. The breeze of a warm summer evening. The scent of hot dogs and hamburgers wafting through the air. Another baseball season has arrived, with many exciting changes.

Life is Anything But Boring for Jeannie Hayes

This fun-loving TV news personality enjoys Oprah Winfrey’s show, animals and adventures. See what this busy young journalist is up to next.