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.
Drink Up: Can You Guess Which Alcohol Illinoisans Order The Most?
There are a lot of different choices when it comes to alcoholic beverages, especially at holiday time. However, Illinoisans have shown a preference for a particular type, regardless of the time of year. You may be drinking one right now.
Chicago Bears Consider Building New Stadium Next To Soldier Field
The smart money still says that the Chicago Bears will build their new stadium complex in Arlington Heights, but the latest news about another possible stadium location certainly has people buzzing, both for and against.
Banning Right Turn On Red In Illinois? Here’s Why It Could Happen
Up until around 50 years ago, there were only a few western states that allowed a right turn to be made at a red light or stop sign. That all changed when the oil embargo/crisis that happened in the middle 70s prompted the federal government to push all states into changing their right turn on red laws.
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?
Fire Danger: 1000s Of Electric Blankets Sold In Illinois Recalled
If we were living somewhere in the southern part of the country where keeping warm during sub-zero nights isn't really a thing, this wouldn't be as newsworthy as it is here in the Midwest where plenty of people add an electric blanket or heated throw to their bed or couch from November through March.
Wish List 2023: Here Are Illinois’ Most Wanted Christmas Gifts
Maybe you're one of those people who always knows what the hottest items for Christmas are, or you're perhaps someone who couldn't care less because you're giving everyone socks and underwear. If you don't fit either of those descriptions, read on to see what Illinoisans really want to unwrap this holiday season.
Here Are Some New Illinois Laws Going Into Effect In January
Since we don't have new phonebooks to look forward to in January (when is the last time you even got a new phonebook?), we'll have to settle for taking a look at some new laws that hit the books when we flip our calendars to 2024 here in Illinois.
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.
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.
Do Dogs In Illinois Really Need To Wear Coats In Cold Weather?
When Illinois' weather starts to take a frigid turn, you start seeing more and more dogs sporting winter coats, Of course, from a fashion angle, they look fabulous, but do Illinois dogs really need a coat for anything other than compliments?