Nearly 75 years ago, our country's destiny was forever changed when Japan attacked the U.S. Navy fleet based at Pearl Harbor. Robert Randall Ryder recalls memories shared by some of the eyewitnesses who lived to tell about it. ...

Bob Persinger never forgets the look of gratitude on the faces of the people he freed from Nazi prison camps. In fact, he still corresponds with some of them. Robert Randall Ryder introduces a man who learned that fear was "part of the game." ...

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. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. Big Thunder Park 699 Van Buren St., Belvidere, Ill. This park is named after Chief Big Thunder, a Potawatomie leader whose burial site became a popular tourist attraction during the late 1830s through the 1840s. When he died, Chief Big Thunder was given an above-ground burial, outfitted ...

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. ...

As old as war itself, wargames have always fascinated people around the globe. Jon McGinty explains how they work, why devotees love them, when it embraced fantasy and how technoloy is changing the game. ...

Since 1999, Hector and Mike Sala have been known as the owners of the Butterfly Club supper club. This is the true story of how these brave brothers risked their lives to escape Community Albania in order to pursue their American Dream. ...

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation's bloodiest war. ...

Find out why more than 800 World War II re-enactors transform Midway Village into war-ravaged 1940s Europe each fall, and why Rockford's event trumps others like it. ...