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.
Another Illinois Elected Official Heads to Prison
I know it's hard to believe, given our state's sterling reputation, that someone in elected office decided to screw over those responsible for electing them.
Supreme Court Stays Out of Wrigley Field Rooftop Dispute
Rooftop owners sued the Chicago Cubs over the right field videoboard, and they lost. The U.S. Supreme Court this morning agreed with a lower court decision.
Illinois is America’s 35th Safest State
A new study looks at crime, terrorism, and natural disasters to rank each state in terms of safety.
Where Illinois Ranks on the ‘Best States for Jobs’ List
With over 164,000 new jobs added nationally in April 2018 alone and the unemployment rate at the lowest it’s been since 2000 being celebrated, how does that translate to Illinois?
Illinois-Based Sears to Close Another 72 Stores
That number may go even higher when the list of store closings is released later today.
Dust Devil Invades Libertyville Little League Game
We've seen a lot of baseball games getting rained out here in the Midwest, but this appears to be our first "dust devil" delay.
State to Spend $26 Million on Bypass 20 Repairs
Governor Rauner's proposed $11.5 billion infrastructure plan has targeted repair spots that factor in to local economies.
Area Cooling Centers Are Ready If You Need Them
It's another really, really hot day. If you're in serious need of a cool down, some nice people in the Rockford area are ready to help.
Comparing Illinois’ Drug Problems to the Other States
We continually hear about the opioid epidemic in Illinois (and across the country), so how do our problems here compare to what's going on in the rest of the country?
We May Pay $100 More For Gas This Summer Than Last
You may have been noticing the rise in gasoline prices here in the Rockford area.