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.
Steve McMichael Says ALS Diagnosis Has Brought Out Fraudsters
The announcement a few days back that Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael has been diagnosed with ALS (or, as it's more commonly know, Lou Gehrig's Disease) was met with shock and surprise by Bears fans across Illinois and the nation.
Illinois Is Losing A Congressional Seat According To The Census
Over the last 10 years, Illinois Illinois posted the 2nd largest population decline in numeric terms, behind only West Virginia. As a percentage of the population, Illinois’ population decline was third worst behind West Virginia and Mississippi.
Bill To Require Fingerprints, Higher Cost For FOID Cards Advances
Illinois is the only state in the region that requires a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card to possess a firearm and/or buy ammunition (the constitutionality of that requirement being challenged at the State Supreme Court).
Illinois Secretary Of State Warns Of Fake State Texts, Emails
At the end of last week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White issued a warning to Illinoisans about two scams that have the same goal of defrauding people of their hard-earned money and stealing their personal information.
Illinois Has The Worst Unemployment Numbers in the Midwest
Illinois’ unemployment rate is still lagging behind the rest of the nation and is the highest of all Midwestern states at 7.1%, leaving 436,400 Illinoisans looking for work, according to analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute.
Illinois Moves Toward Decriminalizing Heroin, Cocaine, Fentanyl
Plenty of eyebrows were raised and an equal number of jaws dropped last year when the state of Oregon passed Ballot Measure 110, which decriminalized the personal possession of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.
Met Any Bobcats Lately? Illinois’ Population Is Growing
For nearly a week now, bobcats have been a pretty hot topic thanks to a video from North Carolina home's surveillance camera that went absolutely viral.
Here’s What Happens When You Mix Up Eye Drops With Nail Glue
Mixing up your eyedrops with a tube of super glue sounds like something that you'd see in a sitcom or movie, but a Michigan woman will tell you that in spite of the cartoon-like premise, it actually does happen.
Freeport Rep Makes Progress Drying Up Puppy Mill Market
Big kudos go out to Freeport's State Representative in the 89th District, Andrew Chesney for getting House Bill 1711 passed out of the Illinois House last Wednesday.
Illinois’ REAL ID Deadline Is Just 6 Months Away
It's perfectly understandable that you may have forgotten about Illinois' REAL ID while dealing with a more than a year of pandemic-related issues. I'm just here to remind you that Federal enforcement of REAL ID begins for commercial domestic air travel in just six months.