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 five partners in the proposed Citizens Action Project (CAP) are preparing for the next step in the process.

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Mayor Mike Inman said the city received 27 applications for the position.  The search committee has now trimmed the list to five.

It's the season of gift giving, so the Shop Talk crew discusses whether it's appropriate for reporters to accept gifts from the people they cover.

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The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will wait until next month to vote on a massive budget cutting plan.  In a letter issued Tuesday to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said he wants more time to come up with a proposal that threatens the livelihood of fewer people.

After the FBI finished going through the home of mass murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the agency turned the property back over to the landlord. The landlord then opened it up to reporters, some of whom rummaged through the apartment on live television.

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The administration at Western Illinois University announced a plan last week to lay-off 50 teachers plus other staff members next school year.  The faculty union is now calling the plan a violation of its contract.

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Carol Kilver grew up in central Illinois and spent most of her professional career in the region.  So after a couple years of working in Indiana, she jumped at the chance to become the new superintendent of the West Prairie School District.

An Art and Gift Market in Macomb will feature locally produced works in a variety of mediums: photography, jewelry, yarn crafts, wearables, upcycled art, and more.

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The state of Illinois has cut funding to higher education each year for more than a decade.  Those cuts combined with declining enrollment will cause some people to lose their jobs at Western Illinois University.

Brandon Smith gets credit for forcing the city of Chicago to release video that showed a police officer shooting unarmed teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.

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3-D imaging is becoming more popular among engineers working on building additions or remodeling projects.

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F. Erik Brooks, Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Western Illinois University, grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and said the bus boycott that began in December, 1955 is still talked about in that community today.

In an article on its website, RTDNA said it and several other journalism organizations have written an open letter to musicians, calling on them to loosen restrictions on news photographers at concerts.

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The Macomb Police Department held a wreath-laying ceremony to remember its four officers felled by injuries suffered while on the job.  The ceremony coincided with the 85th anniversary of three of those deaths.

Demonstrations this month at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of University System President Tim Wolfe.  But the conduct of some protesters also became part of the story when they tried to muscle out reporters who were there to cover the event.

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