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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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This Weekend, Saying No to a Breathalyzer Means Saying Yes to a Jail Visit

Today is St. Patrick's Day. And, since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, chances are many people will make this St. Patrick's Weekend. Since St. Patrick's Day/Weekend is second only to New Year's Eve as a drinking holiday, some will choose poorly and get behind the wheel after a lot of green beer.

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CherryVale Mall’s Youth Policy Begins Today

Those under the age of 18, along with their parents and/or adult guardians, have had a couple of weeks to prepare, but in case it slipped your mind, CherryVale Mall's new rules regarding teens and adult supervision starts today.

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Be Wary of the Words “Can You Hear Me,” Because It Might be a Scammer

It seems that every time we turn around, there's some new phone or email scam working its way across the country. Scammers are always looking for a new angle on liberating as much of your hard-earned money from your pocket as they can. This scam is particularly tricky.

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Why is Wisconsin Attracting So Many People From Illinois?

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at IllinoisPolicy.org joined us today on the WROK Morning Show, and he brought with him several startling facts about the state of our state. One big takeaway from our conversation is: Illinois is losing people.

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A Sign of Spring: The Butterflies are Back at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

When someone gets excited, they're said to have "butterflies in their stomach." However, starting this weekend at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, the excitement there means butterflies on your head.

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Forget the East Coast Snow, Remember the Chicago Blizzard of 1967?

Over the past few days, we've been treated to a lot of news about snow. First, the Rockford area got some long-overdue snow to (hopefully) wrap up the season. Then, over the last two days we've been bombarded with news about the blizzard on the east coast. But, how many of us remember the Big Snow, or the Chicago Blizzard of 1967?

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Want to Earn $1,000,000? Stop These Guys From Reaching the Great Lakes

By "these guys" I mean the much hated, highly dreaded, invasive fish known as the "Asian Carp." Michigan's Department of Natural Resources has a million dollars bounty waiting for the person or persons who come up with a way to keep the Great Lakes free of them.

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Raising Illinois’ Speed Limits–A Good Thing, or A Dangerous Idea?

In August of 2013, then-Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that raised the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph, despite opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation, state police and leading roadway safety organizations, who feared increased mayhem on the highways, especially between cars and trucks. Now, we're looking at raising those limits again.

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When You Outlaw Butter, Outlaws Will Come to Illinois to Get It

Our friends to the north in Wisconsin take a few things pretty seriously. Things like: Packers football, string cheese and fireworks roadside stands, Packers football, other types of cheese sold at roadside stands, beer, sausage, cheese  hats, and of course, Packers football. Oh yeah, and butter. They take butter very, very seriously.

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