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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80 Acre Park in Macomb
6:48 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Dedication Ceremony for Veteran's Park

The raising of the American flag during the dedication ceremony
Rich Egger

Veterans, past and current park board members, and others took part in the Veteran's Park dedication ceremony in Macomb.

“When you look at the young kids playing out here on any afternoon, that's what people served for. To provide that opportunity,” said Park Board President John Hemingway, who is a veteran.

During the ceremony, McDonough County American Legion Post 6 and Macomb VFW Post 1921 presented an American flag to Park District Executive Director Ray Peterson, who oversaw acquisition and development of the 80-acre site.

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June 2012
7:38 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2012.  

Time ran out on plans to build Shamrock Acres, a large scale hog farm proposed for southeast McDonough  County. Tri States Public Radio reported the story on June 13, one week before anyone else.

Also during the month, the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the chairperson of the Lee County Board was defeated in the June 5 primary, and the Transit of Venus happened for the final time until 2117.

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Next Phase of Route 336
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Groundbreaking For Macomb Bypass

IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider at the podium during the groundbreaking ceremony
  • Speeches from the groundbreaking ceremony
  • The on-air story

Work will begin Thursday, July 5 to build a bridge that will carry Route 136 traffic over the future Route 336. The project is the beginning of the Macomb Bypass.

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider came to the area for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on a hot and humid afternoon in a grassy field just west of Macomb. Schneider was joined by politicians, labor leaders, city and county workers, and others.

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Vehicle Design Contest
5:41 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Macomb Police Seek Honor for Squad Cars

A Macomb squad car
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Eric Lenardt

The Macomb Police Department hopes an arresting graphic design will shoot down the competition.

The department entered photos of its new squad cars in an on-line contest by Law and Order Magazine. The winners will be published in the August issue.

Deputy Chief Eric Lenardt said Macomb's car pay tribute to the department's heritage. He said the badges painted on the cars look just like a Macomb police badge and the yellow on the cars matches the yellow in the department's patch.

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Exhibit at WCIAC
4:51 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Art Collectors Talk About Favorite Things

Roberta & Jerry Tyson
  • "A Few of Our Favorite Things" audio montage

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb asked art collectors to contribute a piece for display in its new exhibit. The artwork is accompanied by short narratives that explain its significance to the owner.

The show is called A Few Of Our Favorite Things. More than 30 works are exhibited. They will remain on display through the end of July.

The show includes oil paintings, watercolors, a piece of fiber art and more. The stories explaining why art lovers bought the pieces are as varied as art itself.

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