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.
How About A Valentine’s Visit To Illinois’ Most Romantic City?
I know, when you think of romantic Northern Illinois towns and cities you automatically think of New Milford, Chemung, or Elmoville...maybe Loves Park, too. However, there is another place in this part of the state that actually made the list of the 140 Most Romantic Small Towns in America.
Illinois’ New I-Pass Stickers: Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know
With the changeover from plastic transponders to window stickers now happening with Illinois' I-Pass, we thought we'd give you some answers to the most asked questions about the new I-Pass situation.
Check Out These Illinois Animals On The Endangered Species List
There are far more endangered and threatened animal species in Illinois than I have space to write about, but here are a few you may have heard of, and maybe a couple of animals you didn't even know were living in Illinois.
These Are The Hardest To Pronounce Town Names In Illinois
From difficult to say Native American town names to old-world town names that we've decided to pronounce differently, Illinois has got a tongue-tying city or town name for everyone.
Gift Card Scam Nearly Claims $2K Illinois Victim In Palos Park
If you're unfamiliar with the "Gift Card Scam," you should definitely get yourself up to speed with it because people are falling for it from coast to coast, including Illinois. This scam nearly claimed another victim in Palos Park, but slowing down to think things over saved the day for the would-be victim.
It’s Eagle Watching Time In Illinois: Here Are The Best Places
Here's a fun fact for those who love bald eagles: There's only one state that has more wintering bald eagles than Illinois does, and that's Alaska. With few of us having the time or resources to put together an eagle watching trip to Alaska, don't worry, because Illinois has plenty of eagles for you to see.
Love Mexican Food? Food Website Calls This Place Illinois’ Best
Mexican food has never been more popular or more available to everyone who loves it. With so much great Mexican traditional cuisine out there, trying to pick the best is like trying to pick a favorite child. No matter how tough it is to pick a number-one, a website recently made the case for one particular spot.
Illinois Cicadas Are Coming This Spring With Trillions Of Friends
I saw a report the other day that said Illinois could be covered with hundreds of thousands of cicadas in a few months, but that report was totally wrong. Illinois is going to literally see not millions, not billions, but trillions of cicadas. You could actually have hundreds of thousands just in your yard alone.
Only 2 Illinois Restaurants Make Yelp’s “Top 100 In The US”
You'd think that with over 25,000 restaurants in our state there would be more than just two of them on a list of top 100 places to eat in the US, but unfortunately, that's where we are. Take a look at Yelp's picks and see if you agree.
List Of 15 Must-See Illinois Attractions Has Rockford Spot At #3
I think the Rockford location on the list could easily be ranked higher than #3, but it's nice to see that places in our state outside of Chicago are getting recognition for being must-see destinations.