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.
How Illinois Heating Bills Compare To Other States (Not Good)
We're fresh off of a lengthy period of sub-zero weather, and I'm fairly sure that you used your furnace during that time period. We all know the bills are coming, but how do the heating bills we get in Illinois compare with the other states? As you might imagine, it's not a good comparison.
Goodbye I-Pass Transponders! Illinois Is Switching To Stickers
After years of having to deal with those small plastic I-Pass transponders, the Illinois Tollway Authority is making the switch to something that's a bit easier for Illinois drivers to keep track of.
There Are Only 14 People In Illinois’ Smallest Town
I keep thinking of the theme song from Cheers. Except in this place, everyone not only knows your name, they know everyone in your family's name, your pet's name, your Social Security number, and the height and weight of your childhood imaginary friend.
Coming To Illinois Next Spring: Billions And Billions Of Cicadas
Sure, we've had cicadas around here before, but next May will bring tens of millions of them out of the ground here in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, as Brood XIII cicadas emerge with numbers as high as 1.5 million cicadas per acre!
Here’s How Old Illinois Kids Have To Be To Be Left Home Alone
All kids are different, and so are the states that they live in when it comes to the age that it's okay to leave a kid home by themselves. Here in Illinois...well, let's put it this way: Kevin McAllister's parents in the movie Home Alone would probably be in an Illinois jail for leaving him behind when they went to Paris.
10 Illinois High Schools On List Of 50 Best High Schools In U.S.
Of all the states, only New York has more high schools on the "best in the country list" than Illinois does. New York has 11, and Illinois has 10.
If You Live In Illinois, Don’t Answer Calls From These Area Codes
It's always a good idea to let a call from a number you don't recognize go to voicemail, with the thought being that if the call is truly important, the caller will leave you a message explaining what they want.
Illinois Parents Would Go To Jail For A Real Life “Home Alone”
Sure, it's just a movie, and everything worked out in the end. However, if Illinois parents forgot their 8-year old at home over the holidays in real life while they flew first-class off to Paris, they'd be getting a tour of Illinois' legal system.