Sensing an explosion of activity to come, city leaders are embracing the future with transformative projects, high-tech infrastructure and a mindset that’s centered around Woodstock’s unique sense of place. ...

How does a bank stay relevant and successful for almost a century and a half? For this group, the not-so-secret secret is hard work, accountability and excellent customer service. ...

Since 1963, this Rockford business has been the place to go for homeowners and contractors alike. With plenty of good things to look back on, co-owner Brad Thomas is looking forward to more great things in the future. ...

Home flooding is never fun, but the team behind this Rockford-area business have spent 30 years cleaning carpets and saving basements from a more dreary future. ...

The new initiative is bringing church congregations on the opposite sides of town together to discuss what sets them apart and how to find common ground. ...

A professional provider who has your back is worth their weight in gold. Here are some of our area's top experts, from financial and insurance advisors to law firms that will be in your corner when you need them. ...

The road to a successful business is never without twists and turns. How do you prepare for the unexpected? Joan M. Kelley, of Ameriprise Financial Services, offers a few ideas for keeping your finances safe while navigating unseen waters. ...

After more than 80 years serving its community from Rockford's Midtown District, this family-owned firm is on the move, taking its expanded inventory to a larger, more centralized location. Here's how they made it happen. ...

The newest extension of the Wintrust banking system brings the sort of local control customers have come to love about local banks while still packing the sort of punch that comes from bigger banks. It all adds up to more options for local consumers. ...

Pivoting to a new cabinet supplier turned out to be a win-win for this family-owned remodeling firm in Machesney Park, Ill. Not only have its owners found better turnaround and craftsmanship than before. They've also delivered more options with flexible pricing – and that's a major win for homeowners. ...