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.

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Thanks to a local company, clients at Davenport's Handicapped Development Center will soon enjoy new computers. Tomorrow, representatives from Republic Companies will help cut a ribbon to open the J. S. Kimmel Technology and Training Center.

For the second time, a federal commission is asking the Illinois State Board of Elections to send information about registered voters. And for the second time, US Senator Dick Durbin is asking the board to refuse.

A statement from Durbin's office says the first request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity said the voter information would have been made public. So, the Illinois elections board refused to comply.

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Meteorologists have confirmed three tornadoes caused minor damage in northwestern Illinois on Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says around 7:30 pm, a thunderstorm produced two tornadoes three miles west of Freeport. They damaged a house, crops, and trees.

The third tornado touched down about five miles west of Elizabeth, and did extensive damage to trees.

The weather service says a warm front was moving into Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties on Wednesday night causing the storms.

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John Deere is hiring again at U.S. factories, thanks to improving conditions in markets for farm and construction equipment. This morning, the company announced third quarter earnings of $642 million, or $1.97 per share compared to $1.55 in the same period a year ago. That's a 27% jump.

Worldwide sales and revenue rose 16% to $7.8 billion.

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Time is running out for the family of Trudy Appleby. And the Moline Police Department has released the name of the last person known to have been with her 21 years ago.


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Artists, art lovers, and people who hate peeling paint will be happy to learn Rock Island plans to repair and maintain murals in the city.

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A lot of the literal groundwork has been done on Rock Island County's $28 million Criminal Justice Center annex. The three-story building will include four courtrooms and offices for court administration, the circuit clerk, and the state's attorney and his staff.

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One Human Family QCA will host a rally Wednesdsay at 12:15 P.M. at Davenport's Vander Veer Park. The group organized it as a response to white supremacist flyers that were recently found in the Quad Cities.

No Hate Rally Press Release 2 by Michelle O'Neill on Scribd

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Rock Island County's long term care center is hiring nursing staff to care for more veterans. And they may get paid more. This morning, County Administrator Dave Ross announced Hope Creek Care Center will start accepting veterans from the Iowa City V.A. hospital while they wait to move into a V.A. nursing home.

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Three businesses have decided to open in Rock Island. One will renovate a 100-year-old building downtown. Another is the construction of a gas station near the city's industrial park. And the third is a new coffee and donut shop on 18th Avenue.

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