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.”


A Study in Scale
9:41 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Art Exhibit Features the Mammoth & the Miniscule

Phil Brevick of Hamilton hopes this painting gives viewers a feel for what it would be like to have a grizzly bear approaching them in the wild.
Credit Rich Egger

The new exhibit at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb highlights some works that cover an entire section of a wall and others that cover just a few square inches.

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Shop Talk – October 28
1:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Newspaper Losing its Journalistic Integrity

The Chicago Sun-Times recently ran a story critical of Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor.  Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney said he and others spent a month working on the story, which was cleared by the newspaper’s legal department.

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More Funding Needed
6:50 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lamoine Hotel Rehab a “Complex” Project

The Lamoine Hotel building looks unchanged from the street, but it has a new roof and interior renovations have started.
Credit Rich Egger

A developer is still trying to secure all the funding needed to convert the old Lamoine Hotel building in downtown Macomb into assisted living apartments.

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Shop Talk – October 21
11:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Outlandish Fees Charged for Public Documents

Reporters who’ve asked to see public documents related to the police shooting in Ferguson, MO, are being asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the records.

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New Schedule Too
3:11 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

New Name, Focus for WIU’s Environmental Summit

The annual environmental summit at Western Illinois University is now known as the Prairie Lands Environmental Summit.

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Southwest of Macomb
12:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Crash on Rural Road Kills Three

The crash happened down this road and on the right.
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois State Police blame “failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash” for a car crash that killed three people early Thursday near Macomb.

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Shop Talk – October 14
12:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Comedian Asks Tougher Questions than Journalists

NBC reportedly made a serious pitch to comedian Jon Stewart to host Meet the Press, its long-running Sunday morning news interview program.

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Walnut Twig Beetle
6:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Insect Threatens Black Walnut Trees

A side view of the Walnut Twig Beetle
Credit Jim LaBonte, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Black walnut trees can grow to 75 feet tall, yet they are at risk from an insect about the size of a pencil tip.

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Shop Talk – October 7
2:06 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Little Confidence in Mass Media Journalism

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a Gallup poll that shows trust in mass media reporting is at an all-time low.

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Ryan Hansen
8:08 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Macomb Alderman Resigns

Credit Rich Egger

The city will be without a first ward alderman for a while.

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