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.
Illinois Has Lost More People Than Any Other Midwestern State
If that statement isn't bad enough, Illinois Policy reports that we've also lost three times as many residents in the last decade than any other state in the union.
Snow Sculpting Competition Starts Wednesday At Sinnissippi Park
Looking outside, I can see that the problematic weather that pushed back this year's Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition a week (the weather interfered with snow-making equipment) is quite obviously gone.
17-Year Cicadas Will Be “Popping Up” By The Billions In May
Whenever you get a huge group of 17-year olds together, you just know it's going to be loud. Really loud. It doesn't matter whether they happen to be humans or cicadas.
Hotel Industry Report Says Illinois Hotels Will Have Another Tough Year
You don't have to be an expert in the hospitality business or spend hours pouring over the balance sheets at Holiday Inn to know that 2020 was a very, very bad year for the hotel industry.
Small Plane Lands Safely After Losing Tire Over Chicago
There are lots of things that can freak you out when they go bump in the night, but I'm thinking that few things are more freak-out worthy than an airplane tire hitting your roof.
Are Rockford School Snow Days Headed For Extinction?
One of my favorite memories of my kids growing up revolves around schools being cancelled for a snow day.
Chicago Is Named “Most Rat-Infested City” For 6th Straight Year
Chicago isn't in first place with other animals like Bears, Cubs, and Bulls, but when it comes to rats, Chicago is title-town once again. The Bulls grabbed six titles for Chicago at one time, but the rats may just keep on repeating.
Rockford’s BBB Warns Of Powerball, Mega Millions Scams
As I look at an email I just got from the Illinois Lottery, I see that tonight's Powerball drawing has about $730 million reasons for you to consider playing. As the Illinois Lottery's Jessica Perez explains, "This is the fourth largest Powerball prize in game history and the sixth hi…
Illinois Grabs $62 Million For Neighborhoods From Weed Tax Money
I've heard lots of people ask where the tax money from the sales of recreational marijuana products here in Illinois is going. With sales of nearly a billion dollars in 2020, we've got to have a pretty decent pile of cash to spread around, wouldn't you think?
2 Of Illinois’ Neighbors Are The Most And Least Stressed States
If you'd made "de-stressing my life in 2020" one of your new year's resolutions in late 2019, chances are you made it up until about March of last year before realizing that you picked the wrong year for that kind of thinking.