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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 2016 marked 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 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.
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Kankakee PD Release Video of Rampaging Bulldozer Crushing a Police Car

So, you're an angry 18 year old guy with an some sort of ax to grind with society in general. How do you go about assuaging your anger? If you answered "run over police cars and stuff with a stolen bulldozer" you've got a lot in common with an idiot the Kankakee Police Department had to deal with last month.

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Clothing Retailer Kohl's Post Positive Earnings
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Kohl’s Stores Will Now Handle Your Amazon Returns For You

So, you've just opened up your delivery from Amazon Prime, only to discover that those really cool pants are too big, and that gadget that you just had to have isn't really all it's cracked up to be. Instead of going to all the trouble of arranging a return back to Amazon, now you can just take it to Kohl's and let them do it for you (assuming you live in one of the two cities now offering the service).

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FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Announces Crackdown Within Debt Collection Industry
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Illinois AG Lisa Madigan Says She’s Not Going to Run for Reelection

If you've lived in the Land of Lincoln for even a short period of time, I'm sure you've figured out that the political landscape of Illinois is a strange, ever-changing creature. Even knowing that, many are surprised at the Illinois Attorney General's statement.

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Wisconsin: You’ll Come for the Cheese and Beer, You’ll Stay for the Kangaroos

Before writing this, just for fun I googled "What's so great about Wisconsin?" After going though literally hundreds of things that people online said made Wisconsin a wonderful place, I was stunned to see that the word "kangaroos" didn't make a single list.

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Midway Village’s WWII Days Returns Next Weekend

The largest WWII reenactment in Midwest will be returning once again to the beautiful grounds of Rockford's Midway Village and Museum, bringing with it 1300 reenactors and over 60 authentic vehicles.

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Minnesota Has Been Named ‘The Happiest State,’ But What About Illinois?

So, it's cold a lot and it snows plenty and there are mosquitos that can lift a grown man off the ground. But, at least they have ice fishing. Those things, plus (I'm guessing) a few others have combined to make Minnesota the happiest state in the nation, according to a new study. Illinois has all those things, too. Why aren't we the happiest?

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San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Proposes Putting Soda Tax On Nov. Ballot
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Thousands Demand That Cook County Repeal the Hated ‘Pop Tax’

The Cook County Board of Commissioners plans to consider today whether to repeal the county’s widely unpopular new sweetened beverages tax. The board’s decision, coupled with the multi-million dollar battle being waged by powerful out-of-state proponents of the tax, means that there's a lot of money on the line here.

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