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.

Screenshot of a page from the Midwest Manufacting Business Conference website with three photos. The first is a head and shoulders picture of Ratzenberger smiling.
http://www.mmbconf.org/ / Midwest Manufacturing Business Conference

An actor known for playing a postman on the TV show, "Cheers," will remind manufacturers why they are essential. Next week, John Ratzenberger will be the keynote speaker at the first Midwest Manufacturing Business Conference in Bettendorf.

Court Denies Blagojevich 3rd Sentencing

Apr 21, 2017
Screenshot of a graphic shows Blagojevich's release date is May 23, 2024.
Bureau of Prisons website / U.S. Bureau of Prisons

A federal court took just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, dashing one of the Democrat's last hopes of getting out of prison before he has served his full 14-year sentence for corruption. 

Computer drawing of a large room with tables, chairs, and large windows with the new, I-74 bridge in the background
http://www.thebendqc.com/ / The Bend on the Mighty Mississippi

Developers and East Moline officials will break ground Thursday on a project they hope will attract lots of people, restaurants, stores, and money. Thirteen years after CNH closed the old International Harvester combine factory, construction of The Bend on the Mighty Mississippi will officially begin.

Green, yellow, red and orange vegetables displayed in rows and on shelves
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who have special diets or like to eat food without additives will have another place to shop in the Quad Cities. Wednesday morning, Natural Grocers will open a new store in Davenport on 53rd Street next to Rave Cinemas.

A black dog with white on her chest sits outside on green lawn. Beside her is a smiling man in a dark blue uniform who is kneeling on one knee and holding her leash.
submitted / Modern Woodmen of America

Modern Woodmen of America grew in 2016. Compared to the previous year, the fraternal financial services organization says assets increased 4.4% to $15.4 billion last year. 

Mel Rambo, Chief Risk Officer, says Modern Woodmen is achieving its goals despite low interest rates which may be good for homebuyers but not for people who live on fixed incomes. 

John Riches / Arconic Eaglecam, Davenport Works

Liberty and Justice need help naming their three eaglets. Well, the eagles who are their parents may not, but Arconic does. 

submitted by Greg Fritz

Galesburg is losing more than 20 good jobs because a state agency has to close the Animal Disease Laboratory. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has operated the lab for more than 40 years.

Drawing of an entrance to a building with glass doors and "HALO" on a wall leading to the doors
submitted / HALO Branded Solutions

A company in Sterling is growing very quickly and needs more space. Yesterday, HALO Branded Solutions broke ground on its new, global headquarters in the Meadowlands Business Park.

Heather Sotelo, Executive Director of the Greater Sterling Development Corporation, says HALO began business under the name Lee Wayne in 1953. Currently, the promotional products company employs 275 people and plans to hire 250 more over the next five years.

Shoreline and lake with lots of waterfowl in and out of the water
submitted / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

State and federal agencies will celebrate their efforts to balance the needs of wildlife and navigation. Thursday morning, the Corps of Engineers hosted a ribbon cutting for the Lake Odessa Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project, which is located in the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello, Iowa.

http://new.mgnonline.com/ / http://new.mgnonline.com/

Maybe an alleged thief in the Quad Cities isn't the low-life we thought he/she was. This afternoon, the Moline Police Department announced a veteran's wheel chair lift wasn't stolen as was believed. Michelle O'Neill reports the alleged thief doesn't exist.

Many people contacted Crime Stoppers to give tips about the wheel chair lift. They helped officers find it near 7th Avenue and 17th Street in Rock Island. A press release says the lift somehow separated from the veteran's Trail Blazer sometime on Saturday night, April 1.