In a community where violent crime is stuck at historically high levels, local leaders are hitting back by employing new tactics that divert those most likely to enter a life of crime. ...

As local leaders fight crime, they’re targeting long-term, root cause changes that hold the promise of positive change for generations to come. The question now is: How quickly can they move the needle? ...

Our editors have given out grades as we reflect on many facets of Rockford's renewal. We know there’s still room for improvement, but we’re proud of how far things have come. ...

As the region continues on a path toward positive transformation, crime rates are gaining increased attention. Discover how new policing tactics are showing promising results in our region's strategic renewal. ...

Best-selling author and Rockford native Erica Spindler weaves yarns that thrill. Discover what she's up to now, and how her hometown has influenced her work. ...