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Rich Egger

News Director

Rich is the News Director at Tri States Public Radio. Rich grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago but now calls Macomb home. Rich has a B.A in Communication Studies with an Emphasis on Radio, TV, and Film from Northern Illinois University. Rich came to love radio in high school where he developed his “news nerdiness” as he calls it. Rich’s high school had a radio station called WFVH, which he worked at for a couple years. In college, Rich worked at campus station WKDI for three years, spinning tunes and serving at various times as General Manager, Music Director and Operations Manager. Before being hired as Tri States Public Radio’s news director in 1998, Rich worked professionally in news at WRMN-AM/WJKL-FM in Elgin and WJBC-AM in Bloomington. In Rich’s leisure time he loves music, books, cross-country skiing, rooting for the Cubs and Blackhawks, and baking sugar frosted chocolate bombs. His future plans include “getting some tacos.”

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The Chicago Sun Times bought a bar in downtown Chicago in 1977 – The Mirage Tavern – and used it to uncover city corruption.  Reporters worked as bartenders and wait staff at the tavern.  Microphones and cameras were hidden throughout the premises. Columbia Journalism Review called it "undercover journalism’s greatest coup" in a recent article that looks back at the investigation.

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150 years ago – on February 24, 1868 – the U.S. House voted along party lines to impeach Democratic President Andrew Johnson.  To mark Presidents' Day this year, TSPR talked to a couple historians about Johnson and other presidents who faced impeachment.

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McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said he suffers from vertigo and he blamed the condition for the erratic driving that is the subject of a 911 complaint phoned in against him last spring. Tri States Public Radio reported the story last week, and this week TSPR talked to a medical professional to learn more about vertigo.

The movie The Post examines the role the Washington Post played in exposing a U.S. government cover-up that spanned several decades and presidencies.  The Post and the New York Times fought the government for the right to publish classified documents, known as The Pentagon Papers, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the newspapers. 

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On wintery school days when it is extremely cold and/or snow is accumulating, school superintendents must decide whether to hold classes or tell children to stay home.  Tri States Public Radio talked to the superintendents from the West Prairie, Keokuk, and Macomb school districts to find out what factors into their decisions.

The Shop Talk panelists continue their discussion about enterprise and investigative journalism.   

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Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he is trying to educate his urban counterparts about rural issues ahead of a vote on the next Farm Bill.

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The West Prairie School District’s latest Impact 103 community engagement forum focused on the district's finances and facilities.  Earlier sessions focused on the community's concerns about the school district and the condition of the district's buildings.

The Shop Talk panelists talk about investigative and enterprise reporting -- the type of journalism that broke the news about the case against Larry Nassar.

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Dr. Laura Rogers said even though she took a variety of classes while attending Burlington High School, she might have gone "a little heavy" on the science curriculum. 

St. Louis station KMOV-TV recently reported that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens had an affair with his former hair dresser in 2015 – a time when he was considering whether to run for office.  Greitens has since acknowledged the affair but denied the report's allegation that he blackmailed the woman.

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Many so-called Dreamers – people who were brought to the United States illegally as children -- have spent most of their lives in the U.S.  They've grown up, attended school, and held jobs here.  Some have even started families of their own.

President Donald Trump is accused of using vulgar language to describe African nations.  He uttered the remark last week during a White House meeting on immigration. Some news organizations chose to use the president's curse word in their reporting on the story while others did not.

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The Reverend Clyde H. Brooks was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet program in Macomb. He said many people remain uncomfortable talking about race.

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After a brief break, cold temperatures have returned to the region. While that might mean you have to turn up the thermostat at home and bundle up before heading outside, a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension said there is a silver lining to the extreme cold.

Several news outlets have released the name of the 17-year boy charged in the January 1, 2018 shooting death of a LaHarpe woman.  Reporters got the name from court documents, but the Shop Talk panelists believe journalists should withhold reporting the name unless he is charged as an adult.

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Canada-based Capital Power believes it can start operating the Cardinal Point Wind Farm in the next couple years.  Two-thirds of the farm will be located in McDonough County, with the rest in Warren County.

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas gave a State of the University address at the start of the new school year.  At the time, he said the state of the university was "okay." Now, with the fall semester in the books, Dr. Thomas said the school's situation is improving.

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Teachers and some staff at Western Illinois University will begin the new year without a new contract.  They're in mediation with the administration and are working under terms of the previous contract, which expired over the summer.

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and Mark Halperin are among the journalists who've lost their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace (such allegations have also affected the NPR newsroom).  The Shop Talk panelists discuss the issue during this week's program.

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Brief ceremonies were held around Illinois -- including at the McDonough County Courthouse and Macomb City Hall -- to mark the start of the state's bicentennial year. 

The Washington Post recently caught the group Project Veritas trying to pull off a scam on its reporters.  Project Veritas claims to be exposing the world for what it is, but the Shop Talk panelists don't see it that way.

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Ada Bair, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Carthage, said the Rural Health Coach Program started with an internship partnership between her hospital and Western Illinois University.  She said the goal of the program is to train students and community members who can help improve the coordination between medical care providers and patients.

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The Board of Education agreed to issue $6 million in Working Cash Bonds to pay for three construction projects.  Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the bond issue will not alter the district's tax rate.

The Shop Talk panelists talk about some of the issues that confronted journalists during the past year and their concerns for the profession as the new year approaches.

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The city plans to improve Candy Lane between Jackson and Grant Streets.  It hosted a public informational meeting Monday evening, November 20, to get public input, and Public Works Director Scott Coker said residents still have time to offer comments.

Wednesday, November 22 marked the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  So the Shop Talk panelists stepped back in history to take a look at that weekend in 1963 from a journalist's perspective. 

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The West Prairie School District hired Farnsworth Group, which is a national design firm, to assess the condition of its four school buildings plus the district office and bus garage.  The review was done as part of the Impact 103 Community Engagement Program in which district leaders are asking residents to help them create a long-range vision for the school system.

Help-Portrait is an international project that provides family photos during the holiday season for those who otherwise could not afford them.  Its motto is: "We don’t want to take your photo. We want to give it to you."

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Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa.  Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.

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