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 city on Monday acknowledged the unusually wet spring and summer have made it difficult for property owners to mow their lawns due to soggy soil conditions and standing water.

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Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

A researcher believes tax breaks that states give to corporations prove to be detrimental in the long run.  "Here's the problem: somebody has to pay," said Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was re-assigned and will now handle breaking news on cable channel MSNBC.  His fall from grace began early this year when he exaggerated some of the events that occurred while he covered the War in Iraq in 2003.

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Macomb City Administrator Dean Torreson is recommending the city end its contract with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and run tourism efforts through City Hall.

Western Illinois University is reducing certain employees' 12-month contracts to 10 or 11-months, some temporary employees won't be returning this fall, and a few other staff members have been let go. The changes went into effect Wednesday, July 1.

The Women's Media Center issued a report, The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2015.   As Time Magazine noted, it paints a pretty bleak picture. Time's article is headlined, Eight Sad Truths About Women in Media.

The Washington Post recently reported on how ABC World News Tonight became the ratings champion. The Post's media reporter Paul Farhi wrote the newscast is brighter, tighter, and lighter with shorter stories and an emphasis on entertainment, crime, weather, and hot YouTube videos.

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State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said he will not run for another term in the Illinois legislature. His seat is up for election in 2016.

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The idea of starting a new agriculture education program appealed to Wyatt McGrew.  Now he will get a chance to build a program from the ground up in the Macomb School District beginning in August.

George Stephanopoulos, who hosts ABC 's "This Week" and is co-host of "Good Morning America," and who was a member of President Bill Clinton's administration, gave $75,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative, then did interviews about the foundation on the air without disclosing his contribution

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner told state museums to be prepared to close their doors.  If that happens, a long-running concert series in west central Illinois will need to find a new home.

On the website The Root, civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman, Jr. contends the violence at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas was covered much differently than the violence a few weeks earlier in Baltimore, Maryland -- and this provides an example of how racism works.

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A three-month drive to come up with $10,000 hit the mark for the Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District.  The money will help preserve a historic structure and allow arts programming to resume.

Ukulele Macomb

Musician Kimo Hussey will hold a concert and two workshops as part of the second annual Ukulele Festival in Macomb, Saturday, June 6.  It’s being hosted by Ukulele Macomb and the Western Illinois Museum.

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