This county-wide initiative is encouraging residents to put down their electronics and enjoy the diverse natural landscapes inside our county forest preserves. Learn how you can get involved. ...

People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today. ...

Researchers have caught up with Mom’s admonition to “Go outside and play!” Discover some new programs that encourage us to reap the full benefits of some of the highest-quality natural areas in the Midwest. ...

What is a CASA? A judge can request that a Court-Appointed Special Advocate be assigned to a case in which a child is impacted. Learn how you can help judges to make better-informed decisions. ...

In 2010, the UIC College of Pharmacy expanded to Rockford, where nurse and physician training colleges were already in place. Find out why it's already ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the nation. ...

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

You may be surprised to learn the extent that which hunger affects our neighbors. Learn how you can get involved with Northern Illinois Food Bank to help make a difference. ...

The last winds of winter aren't a deterrent to fun, but rather an opportunity to enjoy activities that make our region special. Explore some destinations that only get better when cold winds blow. ...

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

Ask a thousand people and they'll give you a thousand reasons why this corner of the Old Northwest Territory is the best place in the world to live, work and play. Paul Anthony Arco asks local leaders why they love their region. ...