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 2016 marked my 15th 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 25 years, with two (now grown) children, Spencer (who works for a major cruise company), and Molly (a student at 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.
Retired Illinois Cop Gets Long-Lost Badge Back
A badge lost for 30 years, a memorabilia hunter, and a chance listing on eBay combined to return a former Glenview cop's piece of history.
Dekalb McDonald’s Brawl Has Led to Arrests
A few weeks ago, the internet and social media went wild about a fight in a Las Vegas McDonald's. Now the brawl in Dekalb is getting lots of clicks.
Illinois Policy’s Eric Kohn on Property Taxes and Pensions
20 years ago, Illinois' property taxes were in the middle of the pack nationally. Since then, Illinoisans' property tax burden has risen 80 percent. Why?
Wisconsin Man Picks Up 8th Arrest for OWI
As hard as it may be to believe, being arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 8 different times isn't even close to the record.
New Illinois Law: Kids in Rear-Facing Seats Until Age 2
Children taller than 40 inches or weighing more than 40 pounds are exempt from the new law.
Lots of Tickets Written in Illinois on Speed Awareness Day
Many were unaware that Wednesday, July 25th was Illinois Speed Awareness Day. By the end of the day, quite a few found out about it the hard way.
Rockford’s Stinky ‘Corpse Flower’ May Bloom Soon
You wouldn't think that people would get all fired up over a plant that smells like decaying flesh--but, you'd be quite wrong.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger on GDP, Taxes, Opioid Epidemic
16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined us in the WROK Morning Show studio this morning for our monthly discussion of the issues.
How Student Debt in Illinois Compares to the Nation
With the exception being mortgages, student loans make up the largest component of household debt for Americans. And our collective debt keeps growing.
BBB’s Dennis Horton on IRS, Social Security Scams
The good news is that some IRS scammers are headed to prison. The bad news is that new scams keep popping up.