What drives our region’s economy and accounts for more than 20% of all local jobs? Meet a few of the manufacturers – and the unique products that power our world and feed our families. ...

For 20 years, Rockford, Belvidere and Huntley have dreamed of passenger rail service to Chicago. At long last, it’s within reach. ...

For our latest ‘Conversations’ event, we peeked inside the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford. Here’s a recap of what you missed. ...

She never expected to own a women’s boutique, but when the opportunity fell into her lap Christine LaMantia couldn’t say no. She’s found a dedicated community has her back. ...

On its journey from a small business to Freeport’s sole appliance store, this company has staked its claim with a diverse inventory and quality service to meet changing customer demands. ...

For more than three decades, this Wisconsin city has followed the path toward revitalization. How did it happen? We asked 12 stakeholders about the secrets to building a better community. ...

The small town of Dakota, Ill., may not be your first guess for the location of a worldwide leader in food production. Yet, from this location comes a business with decades of capitalizing on the region’s farming heritage, in-depth cheese knowledge and manufacturing prowess. ...

Finding the best professionals to help you through life's challenges? There's an investment worth making. Here's a quick look at a few of our area's top experts who can help with your family's financial needs. ...

This Maple Park destination has grown and evolved in many ways over the past decade. Indeed, its search for relevance in a busy market is filled with big ideas, ambitious plans and an homage to one family's heritage. ...

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. ...