We know those Christmas movies are pretty great, but maybe it's time to find a new tradition, one that puts you alongside your neighbors this holiday season. We found a few new classics in our region. ...

Every new day is a chance to make please customers when you're in the flower business. See how this longtime Rockford flower shop, now under new ownership, is keeping customers happy. ...

Teacher, administrator, business owner -- this dynamic Rockford leader has accomplished plenty in our region. Meet the new leader of Rock Valley College, and discover how he's tapping his local connections. ...

Meet a 78-year-old Rockford man who's spent almost 50 years sharing Christmas cheer with local children. He's dressed, of course, as the one and only Santa Claus. ...

A decade into their new venture, this Freeport-area couple has carved out a special niche in a territory beloved for its cold-weather winemaking skill. See how they did it, and how they continue to invent new ideas. ...

The forecast looks bright, indeed, for this cheery new meteorologist, a Rockford native whose career has led her back to the town she loves. ...

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