Today, more than ever, man’s best friend has become an integral part of our families, jobs and health. Take a look at some of the ways in which we put dogs to work, such as policing, therapy and service. ...

You don't need to own a fancy telescope to view the stars, planets and comets in outerspace. Learn where several local observatories reside - each offering opportunities to view the night sky in all its splendor. ...

Have you ever wondered why so many things are called “Harlem” in Loves Park — Harlem Road, Harlem School District, Harlem Township, just to name a few? The answers lie in the history of this early railroad line. ...

Have you tried to find a parking space in downtown Rockford lately? It's a bustling scene filled with people who not only work there but also eat, sleep and play in the city's center. Tour the latest developments and see what's next. ...

Since the late 1700s, people have been trying to fly farther and faster by way of hot air balloon. In recent times, a fair number have had ties to the Rockford, area, including Kevin Uliassi, who launched from Loves Park. ...

It lasted only a few decades, but this period in the mid-1800s had a significant impact on our region, as settlements were linked, mail was managed and groundwork was laid for future transportation systems. ...

Illinois has more nuclear power plants than any other state, but what exactly happens at these plants? Discover how Byron Nuclear Power Plant positively impacts our local economy and why some people are concerned about unresolved problems. ...

The Rock River has suffered the impact of urbanization, but many dedicated groups have worked and are working to restore its health. Jon McGinty explores the impact of these efforts, including recognition by the National Park Service. ...

From its beginning as the first airport in Boone County, to being named the 2015 Best Private Airport in Illinois, Poplar Grove Airport has earned a unique reputation among aviators, both locally and worldwide. ...

To reduce the odds of all-out war with the Soviet Union, President Truman called the Korean War a "police action," but to the soldiers who fought, this proxy war was still war. Meet some of the men from our area who served. ...