In this latest holiday gift guide, the jolly old elf shares a few of his favorite locally owned businesses where you’re sure to find gifts that surprise, delight and amaze even the grinchiest among us. ...

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. ...

Get your kicks on … Route 20? You bet. From its start in New York to its terminus in Oregon, this rambling road takes travelers on a true cross-slice of American history and culture – particularly through northern Illinois. ...

Monty Piercefield answered the call to serve his country three times. At 96, this Rockford native still carries pride in his country and a message of honor to those who serve today. ...

For two decades, Don Manzullo represented the people of Illinois’ 16th Congressional District. His new memoir recounts his experiences of serving in Washington while remaining true to democracy, his faith and the people of northern Illinois. ...

What’s life without a little adventure? Take the family along on our brand-new scavenger hunt and spend a day, a weekend or the rest of the season exploring new scenery and encountering more than a few fun ways to reconnect with each other. ...

As it follows the Rock River southward, Illinois Route 2 winds its way through scenic landscapes, cute towns and unique attractions just waiting to be discovered. ...

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? ...

The Civil War General and 18th U.S. President lived in northwest Illinois for only a few years, yet two centuries after his birth his story remains enshrined in his former hometown. ...

Rockford native Carlos Polk is back in Illinois, this time helping the Chicago Bears return to glory. ...