I consider myself lucky to have been born and raised right here in the Rock River Valley, a place that my family and my wife Amy's family have called home for generations. I was first hired at WROK in 1983, and except for a short departure, I've spent my entire career right here in Rockford. Halloween of 2019 will mark my 18th anniversary of hosting the WROK Morning Show, making me the longest-serving morning show host in the station's nearly 100-year history. Amy and I have been happily married for 28 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who does voice-overs for audio books and commercial voice-over work, too), and Molly (a graduate of Rock Valley College who also dazzles with service at a popular local restaurant). I'm luckier than I ever thought possible. When I'm not here at the station, I can usually be found at one of Rockford's many great, local events, either as host/master of ceremonies, or as an attendee. If we should meet, feel free to buy me 1 to 7 drinks.
Illinois Is One Of The Least Patriotic States, Says New Study
Depending upon your outlook, that headline may anger, disappoint, and/or depress you; or you may feel like Samuel Johnson felt in April of 1775 when he said "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."
Illinois Has A New Vaccine Lottery–Here’s How It Works
Governor Pritzker figures that you might need an incentive to go out and get vaccinated against COVID-19, even after 70 percent of the state's adults have received at lease one vaccine dose.
Study Says Illinois Is The 5th Most Fun State In The Country
The definition of fun is different, depending on who you're talking to. For some, fun is lights, loud music, and partying. For others, it's a binge marathon of true crime/serial killer shows on Discovery Plus. For one of my neighbors, it's ordering kids, dogs, and leaves off of his la…
Watch This Mom Make An Amazing Catch At The Cubs-Padres Game
I think most of us who've been to a Major League Baseball game held onto the hope that at some point we'd get a chance to catch a foul ball, or better yet, a home run shot.
Illinoisans Pay The 10th Highest “Lifetime” Taxes In The U.S
As you probably already know, Illinois leads the Midwest (and is near the top in the nation) in outbound migration. When people who are moving out of our state are asked why, the number one reason, by a wide margin, is a one-word answer: taxes.
Illinois Man Becomes Oldest American To Conquer Mt. Everest
Through the years, over 300 people have lost their lives climbing Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, and there are still 100 or more bodies scattered about the different routes to the top.
Bill To Ban Puppy Mills Heads To Governor’s Desk For Signing
A month or so back, we heaped some serious praise on Freeport's State Representative Andrew Chesney for getting Illinois House Bill 1711(HB-1711), also known as the "Anti Puppy Mill" bill passed out of the Illinois House.
Illinois House Passes Bill To Alleviate FOID Card Backlog
If you're thinking of applying for, or renewing, an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card, the Illinois House passed a bill Saturday that would make fingerprints a requirement when you do, but changes may happen in the Illinois Senate.
2 Million Illinoisans Plan To Travel Over Memorial Day Weekend
It's been almost two years now since Illinoisans and the rest of the country looked at Memorial Day Weekend as an opportunity to take a long weekend trip, but with COVID-19 numbers going the right way for the most part, plans to hit the road are being made.
22 Illinois Billionaires Make Forbes Richest List
I always look forward to reading the annual Forbes "World Billionaire's List." It's the reading equivalent of binge-watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I don't even mind that my chances of making the billionaires list is just about the same as it was being adored on …