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.
Illinois To Impose Tougher Penalties For Texting While Driving
Starting next July, texting drivers are looking at a moving violation that goes on their driving record.
Visitor Spending in Rockford Area Sets New Record
Visitor spending in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high of $383.7 million in 2017, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2016.
Measles Outbreak in 21 States Including Here in Illinois
From January 1st to July 14th, 107 people from 21 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles, according to the CDC.
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.