It is my pleasure to welcome you to the premier edition of Illinois Valley Living — a magazine packed with the people, places and things that make the Illinois Valley special.
The people in the Illinois Valley can't be beat; the talents, passions and lifestyles of your friends and neighbors provide for some great reading, and we've featured many of them inside Illinois Valley Living. From the Bauer kids in LaSalle who raise grand champion rabbits ... to Rudy Gondolfi of Oglesby who has given countless hours to area children ... to longtime farmer Margaret Birkey of Wyanet who has been behind the wheel of the combine for many, many years ... and more ... we think you'll enjoy our stories about the people of the Illinois Valley.
No magazine about this area would be complete without focusing on the places that make this area special. While there aren't enough pages to list all the exciting and interesting places to visit and see in the Illinois Valley, we think we've developed a smattering of fun stories featuring a historic home in Princeton, a Spring Valley business celebrating 100 years, an iconic restaurant/tavern in Utica and more ...
The things found in the Illinois Valley are as varied as the people who live here, and we've offered up a heaping helping of fun features for your enjoyment. Maybe you're getting ready to plan that "Perfect Picnic" for a summer celebration or perhaps you're interested in "What's hot, and what's not" regarding summer and fall fashions? How about those tomato plants on the vines out back? Are they really a fruit ... or are they a vegetable? Don't forget to tackle our circle-a-word puzzle, featuring the fun-filled and scenic parks in the Illinois Valley. We think you'll enjoy every feature.
We are always anxious to hear your ideas, suggestions, comments and story ideas. Please feel free to give us a call. We love the Illinois Valley as much as you do, and your input is encouraged and essential.
Enjoy this premier edition of Illinois Valley Living.
Terri Simon, Editor