How to Tell if You’re Purchasing Quality Furniture

You probably know what clothing you like best, but do you recognize the trends, styles and construction that make well-built furniture stand apart from the competition? We’ll show you a few secrets from the experts.

Banking & the Economy: Rising Optimism Means Growth Opportunity

Encouraged by increasing demand, many of our region’s small business leaders are making the commitment to expand or to launch their new enterprise. Before you pull the trigger, learn how banking services can help you to reach your goal.






For Curb Appeal, Simple Details Make a Big Impact

What sets your home apart from every other property on the block? Learn from the local experts how small details, like your roof, doors, windows and garage, have an oversized impact on the appearance of your home.






8 Challenging Golf Holes

These are the holes that test golfers’ souls – the meanest holes to be found at some of our region’s top courses. With some help from area golf pros, we look at the anatomy of these dastardly layouts and the strategies that enable the patient golfer to prevail.






Inside the World of Community Radio

Turn on your radio and you could hear the blare of popular music or sports talk. But land on a low-power FM radio station and you can hear the stories of your neighbors, as they share everything from local goings-on and public information to lesser-known music.






Getting to the Heart of Cardiac Health

Heart disease is still prevalent in our society, but fortunately there are many notable advancements in medicine, nutrition and surgical procedures. Learn how patients are receiving better treatment.






Spice Up the Home with Colorful Accents

Bring the vibrant colors of fall inside your house this season, with some smart home decor. Learn a few of the ways you can bring out the fall tones inside your abode.






How to Build a New Hospital (A Growth Story)

Expanding into new markets is no small feat, especially in an industry as competitive and tightly regulated as health care. This is the story of how smart business planning guided the new Centegra Hospital-Huntley.






The Art of Mourning

The gravestones of our region’s cemeteries tell a tale of their own – if you know where to look. As one Lake in the Hills researcher discovered, the lives of the interred are just as colorful as their memorials.






Success Stories: ASAP Garage Door Repair

Aaron Poling has been in the garage door business since he was 10. He shares insight on what it takes to run a garage door business and what separates his company from the competition.