Michelle O'Neill

WVIK News Editor

WVIK News Editor, Michelle O'Neill, is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She serves as assignment editor, anchor, writer, reporter, producer, copy editor, photographer, and videographer (a.k.a., multimedia journalist). 

In 2015, Michelle won top honors for her radio reporting in two states. In the Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards, judges named her Best Reporter in the Local News division (e.g., Lack of IL Budget Affects Tourism and Jobs). And in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2015 contest, Michelle won first place in Overall Excellence in Reporting in the Large Market division, along with winning first place in two other categories (QC Campuses Fight Sexual Violence and Water Quality and Farming). 

In the 2014 Illinois AP contest, the judges awarded her first place for Illinois Victims' Rights Proposal in the Hard News Feature category for Downstate Radio. In 2013, she won first place for "Immigrants and Driving" in the Best Series category. A fender-bender gave her the idea after a van, driven by a man who didn't speak English, side-swiped her car on Christmas Eve. In the same contest a year earlier, Michelle picked up first place in Best Investigative Report for "Cameras and Mics in Iowa Courts."

When she's not working, Michelle reads, walks her dog, crochets, kayaks, plays drums, and sings backup at church. 

Kensington, baying beagle bunny killer

Since adopting Kensy, she's learned all about how to deal with a hound who counter-surfs and devours whatever happens to be there (e.g., a box of high fiber cereal, a large chunk of fudge, and a few Beano tablets). The resolution of one of these extra meals involved hydrogen peroxide, a baster, and heavy gloves. 

Lately I've been fascinated with widgets. So here's a flood widget for the Mississippi River.

About 50 people applied for a key position in Moline that's been vacant for several months. Former city administrator Lew Steinbrecher retired in November. And late last year, the city council hired GovHR USA to help search for his replacement.

Seventh Ward Alderman, Mike Waldron, says a recruiter from the firm has been reviewing the applications and, by the end of the week, will provide a list of the top ten candidates.

Scott County Waste Commission

 

Last summer, the Scott County Waste Commission started single-stream recycling. But lithium and re-chargeable batteries are not on the list of things to "Go All In" (that's the name of the ad campaign to promote the program).

A brown and cream-colored owl perches on a tree branch with green leaves in the background.
submitted / TPC Deere Run Maintenance Operations

TPC Deere Run is known for more than hosting the John Deere Classic every summer. It's also known as an outdoor classroom, a training ground for firefighters, and for environmental stewardship.

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The Augustana Vikings are in Salem, Va. to play Williams in the NCAA Division III semifinals, trying to win their first national title. 

Map of the St. Patrick's Day parade route including downtown Rock Island and Davenport
https://is.gd/n13o84 / Rock Island Police Department

St. Patrick's Day activities on Saturday mean parking will be limited in some areas of downtown Rock Island and Davenport. 

A group of young men smile for pictures while standing beside a red and black bus.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Students, teachers, administrators, and fans gave the Augustana Men's Basketball team a celebratory sendoff this morning on campus in Rock Island. The Vikings and their coaches got on a charter bus headed for Salem, Virginia, and a police escort led the way to the Final Four.

College President, Steve Bahls, was on hand to wish the team good luck. And Coach Grey Giovanine was in good spirits before the 13-hour trip to the east coast.

A 8-9 year old girls wearing safety glasses works with a machine and brush.
https://is.gd/Uh6DoO / The Manufacturing Institute

Manufacturers need women to help fill jobs, and women can find fulfilling careers in the industry. Tuesday night in Davenport, the Manufacturing Institute and Arconic Foundation will help women learn from each other about opportunities, challenges, and best practices in the field.

Chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Central Committee, Bill Bloom (file)
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

After three years and a lot of changes, Bill Bloom will step down as Chair of the Rock Island County GOP. He's retired but has accepted a contract position with Deere and Company.

Bloom was first elected after the 2014 primary election. He says over the last five elections, GOP candidates have won eight seats on the Rock Island County Board.

Screenshot of a video featuring McGehee (L) and IL Rep. Silvana Tabares (D-21)
Illinois House Democratic Caucus / Facebook

Illinois lawmakers may change the law to make sure absentee ballot applications are sent directly to county clerks and without delay.

In Springfield Thursday, Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee testified before the House Elections and Campaign Finance Committee.

Davenport Dept of Public Works

Besides reopening roads after minor flooding on the Mississippi River, Davenport's Public Works Department is preparing for snow.

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