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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Special Telescope in Chandler Park
11:01 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Viewing the Transit of Venus in Macomb

A view of the 2004 Transit of Venus
Photo from Heavens Above

A rare astronomical event takes place Tuesday, June 5, when Venus passes between the sun and the earth. It's called the Transit of Venus.

“Unless you live to December 2117, this is your last chance to see it,” said Brian Davies, Assistant Professor of Physics at Western Illinois University.

The last Transit of Venus occurred in 2004. None happened in the 20th Century.

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May 2012
12:38 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

In The Tri States

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

During the month, former Macomb High School teacher and coach Daniel Watson and former Hamilton School Board member Dion Gregory both learned their sentences for inappropriate conduct with minors. A Burlington man was sentenced for starting a fire at a church in that town. Four young people from Burlington were killed when two boats collided on the Mississippi River.

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Spring Session Ends
11:19 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois Budget Approved; Pension Reform Lingers

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers worked 90 minutes overtime to complete work on the new state budget. But they still have not addressed concerns with the state's pension system.

The Budget

The  Democratic budget imposes cuts throughout state government. But Republicans say the high spending levels mean the temporary income tax increase will have to be made permanent.

Democrats were attacked from within, too.

Democratic Senator Kimberly Lightford railed against what she said is too little money for higher education.

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Senate Gives Thumbs Down
11:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails

Argyle Lake State Park is among the facilities that would have benefited from the funding plan
Rich Egger

A plan to raise funding for the agency that oversees state parks and conservation of wildlife  failed to win approval in the Illinois Senate during the waning hours of the 2012 session.

That agency -- the Department of Natural Resources -- has seen its budget cut in recent years. The DNR said state parks are deteriorating due to the funding decrease and its need for more employees.

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Campground Improvements
6:51 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes Coming to Macomb's Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake
Rich Egger

The city plans to lay out 100 new camp sites to the south and west of the existing campgrounds at Spring Lake Park.

City Administrator Dean Torreson told aldermen the development can be done in stages.

“Maybe 20 at a time or something like that, 25 at a time as we can afford it and as the market can absorb it,” Torreson said.

A city memo said once the project is completed, the city will rework some existing sites. That project will include installation of new utility lines.

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