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
One of the 10 Best Apple Picking Spots in the US is in Illinois
According to the experts at Yelp if you are looking for a great place to pick apples for your homemade apple pie this fall then you need to head to an orchard in the Land of Lincoln!
A New Airline is coming to Central Illinois
If you live in Central Illinois and are looking to fly south to warmer weather soon you won't have to drive to Chicago or St. Louis to catch a flight! Here are the details...
One of the 10 Most Famous Streets in the US is in Illinois
There is no better fame than Instagram fame, right? Well, one of the ten most Instagram'd streets in the US is in the Land of Lincoln, and It certainly isn't the most beautiful street in Illinois...
Travel Experts suggest taking a “Spontaneous” Trip to Illinois
If you are someone who loves to make spontaneous decisions then you should head to a city in Illinois, a travel website ranked one town in the Land of Lincoln as one of the 5 perfect destinations for a spontaneous trip!
A New Law in Illinois to Address Drug Education in Schools
Your public schools are no longer going to teach "just say no" to drugs, a new law will force school districts to talk about drugs more in schools. Is that a good thing? Here are the details you need to know...
Register your Guns or Lose them in Illinois starting in 2024
Here is your warning, if you don't register your guns by 2024 you may lose them under new gun laws in the Land of Lincoln. Here are the details you need to know if you don't want to lose your guns...
What do you think of Illinois’ new Reparations Law?
Digging is set to begin in parts of Illinois due to a brand new law that Illinois Governor Pritzker signed last month, this law is aimed at righting the wrongs of our past and returning items to where they were found. This leads us to ask the question, is this the right thing to do?
Could Texas help Illinois Limit the Power of Chicago?
There is a new law in the Lone Star State of Texas whose goal is to Limit the Power of Big Cities, and it might be a law that the rest of Illinois could use to protect their way of life vs Chicago, here are the details...
There is a Billboard in Southern Illinois Causing an Uproar
A billboard in Southern Illinois is causing a debate on free speech, what you should be allowed to advertise, and what you shouldn't be allowed to advertise. See what the billboard says for yourself and let us know what you think should be done about it...
The perfect “Outdoorsy” Romantic Getaway is in Southern Illinois
If you are looking to take your significant other on a romantic getaway in Illinois but don't want to deal with the skyscrapers and noise of Chicago, you need to check out this beautiful Inn way down in Southern Illinois!