Though some may have seen it as a fly-through kind of city, leaders in Freeport are changing the narrative and endowing their community with a new vision. ...

Rockford's longest-standing optical store is under new ownership, and that's leading to plenty of new benefits for patients old and new. ...

For over 20 years, these Oregon soap makers have maintained success by doing what they love: helping people. ...

A decade after launching a strategic improvement of the Rockford region, this group is shifting its focus toward a new phase in the journey. ...

Inside this high-tech training center, a new generation of workers is gaining an interactive education that promises to equip them with the skills they need to start or advance their careers. ...

This Rockford jeweler is sticking to his roots, and that means a hands-on approach with every item behind the glass. ...

The owner of this Grand Detour, Ill., store not only sells unique house plants but she backs up her customers with service that includes ongoing support and education. ...

This historic Rockford business is achieving success while sticking to its founder's values and eagerness to serve its hometown. ...

Founder Kim MacCloskey has built his practice upon honesty and genuineness, but that's only part of the story behind his quarter-century of success. ...

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. ...