Riley O'Neil has logged more hours behind a microphone than any other Rockford radio personality, starting out with his hiring at WROK in February of 1983. He’s also the longest-tenured morning show host in WROK's 100-year history, with 22 years as the host of the WROK Morning Show. He’s a multi award-winning commercial producer, voice-over artist, and much sought after product and service endorser for multiple local businesses. In addition to hosting the WROK Morning Show with Joe Dredge, Riley also writes for 1440WROK.com, covering everything from Illinois' best local restaurants, to some of the wildest and funniest things Illinois residents have gotten themselves into, and everything in-between.
Listeria Tainted Fruit Sold In Illinois Recalled, 11 Sick, 1 Dead
If you're a fruit consumer of any sort, or you know someone who is, make sure to look for these recalled fruits, because listeria is not something that you want to mess around with.
Illinois Package Thieves Show Up To Steal Mostly On These 2 Days
Thefts of packages off of front porches can and do happen on any day of the week, but a new study shows that there are two days of the week that porch pirates are most actively stealing your stuff.
Illinois Gets A Good Look At Two Meteor Showers In December
Sometimes weather just doesn't cooperate when you want to stand outside at night at catch a really cool meteor shower taking place overhead, and you miss it. Well, in December you'll have not one, but two different opportunities to see the last meteor showers of 2023, so the weather odds are good you'll get a peek yourself.
Here’s Every Illinois Joint Featured On Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
I just read about a guy who's planning a cross-country road trip to visit every place that Guy Fieri has featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. He's planning on hitting every single restaurant in every single state over the course of a year or so in order to accomplish this "bucket list" item. Here's how many Illinois Triple-D restaurants he'll be stopping in to see.
World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze: About An Hour From Rockford
There's no shortage of cool, fun, and interesting holiday things to do in and around the Rockford area, and the rest of Illinois offers up some great things, too. However, no one will think you and your family are being disloyal to the Land of Lincoln if you hop the border to check out what's going on in Franklin, Wisconsin.
Illinois Tops The List Of States With The Highest Heating Bills
This is a good news-bad news story if I've ever heard one. The good news seems to be that we'll be paying less to heat our homes in Illinois than we did last year, but the bad news is that we're still paying more for warmth than any other state's residents are in 2023.
When People Leave Illinois, They Go Mostly To These 3 States
We've been hearing for years about something called "Outbound Migration" here in Illinois, which is a fancy way of saying "kissing a state goodbye." Illinois may no longer be the state leading the nation in outbound migration, but we're near the top. Ever think about where you'd move if you left Illinois?
Yelp Reviews Say This Is Illinois’ Best Place For A Cheeseburger
Maybe you don't live your life according to Yelp reviews (and that's a good thing), but when the cheeseburgers are as highly-rated as these burgers are, you've got to think that the reviewers are definitely on to something here.
Here’s How Much Snow Northern Illinois Might Get This Winter
One thing is guaranteed about winter in Northern Illinois, and that's snow (cold, too now that I think about it). Some years it comes heavy, other years not so much. Read on to see how much you'll be needing to grab your shovel in the next few months.
Here’s Why There’s A Truck In A Tree On Highway 43 Outside Beloit
If you've ever found yourself traveling on Route 43 about eight miles outside of Beloit near mile marker 6 and the Clinton exit, you've seen the Truck In The Tree.