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Where Does Illinois Rank on the List of America’s Greenest States?

Life is all about the green. For some, that means cash. For others, it's all about the environment. For companies looking to expand their share of the marketplace by showing how much they care about the planet, it's both. For Illinois, it seems to be about being in the middle.

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How Illinois’ Tax Burden Compares With Other States

Don't look now, but on the 18th of this month, Uncle Sam, on both the state and federal levels, will be looking for his cut of your earnings. If you've ever had the feeling that a bigger piece of your pie gets taken here in Illinois than in many other states--you're right.

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Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in America

It's tax season once again, so keep in mind that you've got about a month to change over from the "wearing of the green" to the "sending of your green" to the government. Woo-hoo.

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Does Rockford Get Any Snow Anymore?

My wife Amy, who loves any and all things involving snow more than most little kids do, looked at me last night as we were outside with our dog, and sadly said, "Remember when Rockford used to get snow in wintertime?"

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When is Rockford Going to Get Some Sunshine Again?!

I don't know about you, but we on the WROK Morning Show are in some serious need of sunshine. None of us suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but I believe we're starting to develop it. And, with weather reports saying we won't see any sunshine until at least Sunday of this week, it's coming on fast.

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How Vulnerable Are Illinoisans to Identity Theft and Fraud?

December begins National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, and those of us who live in Illinois should pay close attention to the warnings and cautions that we'll be hearing about throughout the holiday season. Why? Because Illinois is ranked #2 overall out of 50 states for identity theft, and #38 when it comes to identity fraud.

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A Look at Concealed Carry Numbers in Illinois

Back in July of 2013, Illinois became the last state in the country to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court in December of 2012 struck down a previous ban on the carrying of concealed handguns. So, how many folks in Illinois went out and paid their money, took the required classes, and received their concealed carry licence (CCL)?

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Study Ranks Illinois Near the Bottom of Patriotic States

In 2011, only 38% of Americans said they believed America to be the greatest country in the world. In 2014, that number had fallen to 28%.

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Most/Least Stressed-Out Places in Illinois

Mondays are perfect. You don't hear that very often, do you? Well, in this case, Mondays are perfect...for discussing stress. In particular, the cities and towns here in Illinois that find themselves dealing with the most, and least, amounts of stress.

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