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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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Travel Blog Publishes Their Illinois Bucket List For Your Summer Stay-Cation

If you think that you'll have to come up with some big bucks to enjoy a vacation in some far-flung exotic spot, you're probably right. However, you can save those dollars with an Illinois-based "stay-cation," because we've got lots of things to see and do right here without breaking your budget (although, to be honest, Illinois has some really pricey things, too).

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Eight Illinois Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

There are times when it seems that Guy Fieri's voice is heard more often in my house than mine is. That's cool with me, as we are unabashed "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" fans, and have been since the show came along in 2007. If you're a fan too, you may or may not know that there have been multiple Illinois restaurants featured on the show.

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Another Cubs Spring Training Trip

In March of this year, I was lucky enough to host an outstanding group of folks as we made the trek out to Mesa, Arizona, for Chicago Cubs spring training. The trip, which ran March 8th through the 12th, was put together by our good friend (and diehard Cubs fan) Tony Caruana at Lindstrom Travel. We had such a good time that we're going to do it again in 2018.

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Happy 50th Anniversary to the Ski Broncs!

In case you weren't already aware, one of the Rockford/Loves Park/Machesney Park area's greatest groups is turning 50 this year. Not a musical group, but a super-talented and dedicated group of water skiers who've been delighting audiences with free shows every summer.

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Sister of Missing Loves Park Woman Asks For Community Help

You've probably seen the news stories, or the flyers, or the billboard at Riverside and Forest Hills. Emily Anderson, a 25 year old Loves Park woman, has been missing since Sunday, June 18th, and as you might imagine, her family is desperate for information on her.

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Man Offers Chicagoans $100,000 for Their Dogs–Would You Sell Yours?

I don't remember exactly what my dog Lucy did, but at the time I was so completely exasperated by her behavior that I said something to the effect of "I swear if someone walked by right now and offered me five bucks for you, I'd sell in a heartbeat!!" Well, no one came by with a five spot...and I was just blustering anyway. There's no way I would have sold her for five bucks. Ten maybe...

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Why Are So Many Millennials Leaving or Planning on Leaving Illinois?

There has been plenty of discussion recently about how our state of Illinois is leading the Midwest in what's called outbound migration. Outbound migration is another way of saying "leaving where they are and heading to someplace else," as in getting out of Illinois for better opportunities elsewhere.

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