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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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NIU Political Science Professor Matt Streb on Trump’s First 100 Days and More

We always enjoy getting to spend some time with Northern Illinois University's political-science professor Matt Streb. Matt joined us on the WROK Morning Show this morning to talk Husky athletics, the nation's political pulse, and President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

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14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren on Jobs, Syria, and the Supreme Court

Illinois' 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren joined the WROK Morning Show this morning to cover some of the hot topics from here in Illinois to Washington, DC and beyond.

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The BBB Warns of Scams and Counterfeit Cubs and Blackhawks Tickets

If you're suspicious about an offer you've seen for great seats at a Cubs game or a Blackhawks playoff game, there's a good reason you should be. Scammers are looking to take your money--and leave you with a worthless counterfeit ticket.

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Colp, Illinois Will Decide Mayor’s Race With a Coin Flip

I'm sure the very first question that comes to mind is "Where the h*** is Colp, Illinois?" Good question, but next time, let's watch the language. Colp, Illinois is almost exactly 367.2 miles south of Rockford, or about a 5 hour, 20 minute ride down I-39 to I-57.

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These Might Be the Lewdest-Sounding Town Names in the Midwest

A year or so back, I posted a piece in this space called "Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names." Some of the Illinois towns mentioned as being weirdly named were: Goofy Ridge, Oblong, Lowpoint, Muddy, Ransom, and Preemption. Time to make the move from weirdness to lewdness.

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How Illinois’ Tax Burden Compares With Other States

Don't look now, but on the 18th of this month, Uncle Sam, on both the state and federal levels, will be looking for his cut of your earnings. If you've ever had the feeling that a bigger piece of your pie gets taken here in Illinois than in many other states--you're right.

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Shannon From Goodwill Talks About How to Get a New Job This Weekend

This morning on the WROK Morning Show, Shannon Halverson from Goodwill stopped by our studios to discuss the Community Job Fair going on tomorrow at Lou Bachrodt AutoMall.

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Machesney Park Senior Citizen Loses $18K to Phone Scam

When you spend any amount of time talking to someone in law enforcement about phone and computer scams, one thing becomes abundantly clear: senior citizens have a bulls-eye on their backs as a scammer's preferred targets.

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What Weird Things Are Illinoisans Searching For On Google?

A while back in this space, I posted a piece entitled "What are Illinoisans Asking Google About?" In a nutshell, it was a look at what each state, starting with our own, was asking Google about more than any other state. Some of the entries were a bit on the odd side, so today, let's go all the way to the weirdness.

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Are There Any Rockford Potholes You’d Like to Wish a Happy Birthday?

Some folks in an English village decided to send a message to their local government about a two year old pothole problem. They didn't do it by petition, or by raising their voices at a council meeting--they did it with cake.

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