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Riley O'Neil

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 this year will mark 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). 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.
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Rockford Mayoral Candidate Brian Leggero Stops By the WROK Morning Show

Rockford's general election is Tuesday, April 4th, and early voting started at the Board of Elections office on March 17th, running through April 3rd. If you haven't been paying much attention to the candidates for the job of Rockford mayor, one of them stopped in this morning to let you know where he stands, and to ask for your vote.

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4 Reasons Why Golf in Rockford is Better Than Golf in Florida

As hardcore Rockford area golfers are no doubt aware, the area's golf courses are open and ready for action. Many golfers who just can't handle the long winter layoff from the links drop some serious cash every year on golf trips to Florida, which bills itself as a "Golfer's Mecca." Let me show you 4 quick examples of why Rockford golf beats the Sunshine State.

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Looking For a High-Income Job? Being a Mayor Here in Illinois Pays Pretty Well

So, I'm sitting here in the office looking at an email from IllinoisPolicy about mayoral salaries here in Illinois, and I'm starting to think that perhaps I've made a vocational error. I'm learning that some of Illinois' mayors are among the highest-payed mayors in the entire world.

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Eau Claire Wisconsin Cop Returns IRS Scammer’s Phone Call, Goes Viral

It seems like nearly everyone has gotten one of these IRS scam phone calls. You know, the old "you-owe-us-money-so-give-me-your-personal-information-so-you-won't-go-to-jail" call. I've gotten several, but being aware that it's a scam, I just hung up. A cop in Eau Claire, Wisconsin decided that he'd go me one better and call them back.

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Congressman Kinzinger Talks ObamaCare Repeal and Tax Reform on WROK

With a lot of buzz surrounding the current efforts to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined us this morning on the WROK Morning Show to discuss where we are in that process, and where we're going.

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Rockford’s Discovery Center Named Among Best Children’s Museums in the Midwest

A high ranking for our own Discovery Center Museum should come as no surprise to any of us who live here, and/or who've enjoyed many happy hours there with our children.

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Rock River Valley Blood Center Encourages You to Join Be The Match Marrow Registry

As you know, we're big fans and supporters of the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC). In addition to supplying area hospitals with much needed blood and blood products, the RRVBC would also like you to learn more about, and hopefully take part in, their "Be the Match Marrow Registry."

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Could This Russian Idea Be Rockford’s Next Big Winter Thing?

When you think about the things we here in Rockford enjoy during the winter months, there's one constant theme: Ice. Rockford is definitely an ice-skating town, having produced multiple champions to back up that claim. We're also a big hockey town, from the junior leagues all the way up to the Rockford IceHogs. I'm thinking that a new sport from Russia would be a perfect fit in the Forest City.

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Follow Up: Rockford Area Police Make Arrests During Weekend Roadside Safety Checks

On Friday, as we were heading into St. Patrick's Day Weekend, I posted a piece here called "This Weekend, Saying No to a Breathalyzer Means Saying Yes to a Jail Visit." I pointed out that area law enforcement would be doing roadside safety checks to keep impaired drivers off the roads, and that refusing a breathalyzer test would land you in jail. It appears that not everyone listened.

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Beer Falls Off Truck in Joliet, Citizens Help Themselves, Toast Driver

It seems that about three times a year, we'll see a story about how the back doors of a money-laden armored car just "flew open" on a turnpike someplace, dumping cash all over the roadway, much to the delight of passers-by. Well, if you can't find free cash on the streets, you might as well have some beer.

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