Current co-host of the “Mornings with Mark and Sam” show on 97.9 KICK-FM. Mark is a graduate of the Conservatory at The Second City in Chicago and holds a degree in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Mark is also the host of “On the Mark”, an hour of honest sports talk every Saturday morning on News Talk 1070 KHMO-Am. His love for sports followed him from Chicago never missing an opportunity to watch the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, or Hawks. In 2022, Mark received the Missouri Broadcasting Award for Best Sports Personality Small Market. Mark enjoys time with his wife and family, history, and random facts. You can connect with Mark on Twitter @MarkHespen
Which County in Illinois has Hunted the Most Deer so far?
The numbers are starting to trickle in for the first weekend of firearm season in the Land of Lincoln and there are many counties that have already harvested over 1,000 deer, but who is in the lead so far...?
There is a sickness impacting dogs in Illinois right now
Pay extra attention to your dog over the holidays here in the Land of Lincoln, there are reports of a mysterious illness that is impacting dogs in Illinois and 9 other states across the country. Here are the details...
A Whopping Number of Illinois Students are Reading Below Average
The numbers are trending in the right direction but overall we have a reading crisis for our students in the Land of Lincoln, here are the details...
Why are kids in Illinois missing so many days of School?
Students in Illinois are missing school at an alarming rate, who is to blame, and why are kids not showing up to class?
A new report says Rural Life in Illinois is Dying.
If you live in the rural areas of the Land of Lincoln you are officially the "last of a dying breed" as a report shows that Illinois is becoming increasingly more urban. What does the impact of this report mean for the small-town residents in Illinois?
Why is a city in Illinois trying to Eliminate Tipping?
It's tradition in this country that if you go to dinner you tip the server at the end of the meal, but a city in Illinois is trying to end that. Why? And is it the right thing to do?
One of the 10 Best Public Universities in the US is in Illinois
Forbes ranked the top public universities in the United States and a school in Illinois made the top 10. Which school in the Land of Lincoln is on the list ahead of schools like the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina...?
The Craziest Donuts in the US are finally coming to Illinois
These donuts aren't your average glazed or sprinkled donuts, these are the legendary Voodoo Donuts and they are finally opening up a location here in the Land of Lincoln!
Illinois wants its Small Towns to take Non Citizens from Chicago
Chicago is overflowing with illegal migrants seeking asylum, and the Governor of Illinois thinks one solution to the problem is the downstate smaller cities should open up their doors to these non-citizens, could the state force smaller cities to accept these migrants? Here are the details...
Illinois wants a New Law to Permanently Test Older Drivers
Why does the state of Illinois want to simultaneously raise the age requirement for mandatory driving tests for senior citizens while also making it permanent? Here is what you need to know...