Translating the Language of Confusion

More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, which causes about 70 percent of dementia cases. Learn about progressive local facilities that make life more enjoyable for these patients, by looking at life from their point of view.

Comfortable, Enjoyable Living During the Golden Years

Retirement is the start of a whole new journey. Check out these exceptional local retirement centers, where residents find out how wonderful life can be, with maintenance-free living, plenty of independence and all the amenities they could wish for.

Rockford Art Museum Fall Exhibit Explores City Spaces

Find urban landscapes and their “Spaces Within,” at Rockford Art Museum’s newest exhibition.

Local Ties to the Underground Railroad

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route.

The Deep Hometown Roots of An American President

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities.

The Nygren Five: A Photographer’s Vigil

What is it about the endangered whooping crane that so entrances the human heart? Local photographer Mark Blassage shares his experience of spending 24 days on “crane time” last fall.

On the Fast Track in Professional Racing

A surprising number of people from our region have found success in the world of professional racing. Northwest Quarterly Writer Paul Anthony Arco tracked down racer Danica Patrick, Pit Crew Chief Chad Knaus and ESPN journalist Nicole Briscoe.

Boy Scouts Celebrate a Century of Character-Building

Scouts across the nation are celebrating their organization’s 100th anniversary this year, including the local Blackhawk Area Council. Although it has evolved along with society over the past century, its mission of character-building is as relevant as ever.

The Business of Medicine

The local landscape of medical businesses has changed dramatically over the past few decades. We visit some local practices with newer business models that are working well both for physicians and the people they serve.

Success Story: Lisa Mawyer State Farm Insurance

Learning about insurance can be dull, but your agent doesn’t have to be. At least that’s what Lisa Mawyer believes.