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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Illinois Legislative Proposal
1:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Drive a Car, Pay DNR

Argyle Lake is a state park that would benefit from the proposed fee
Rich Egger

Vehicle registration in Illinois would go up a couple of bucks under a measure accepted by a House panel.
 
It's one of various fee hikes intended to help the Department of Natural Resources.

Director Marc Miller says DNR has seen its budget reduced by more than half since 2002 and he expects more cuts ahead. 

"We're looking at finding ways to replace money that isn't currently there. So what we see is that we have roughly a $22 million short-fall that we need to make up somehow," Miller said.

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New Book & Cemetery Tours
10:11 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Digging Up History at Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery

John Hallwas in Oakwood Cemetery
Rich Egger

Historian and author John Hallwas was looking for a different take on Macomb's history. He found it by going through its grandest old graveyard, which is Oakwood Cemetery.

The result is the book Here to Stay: Reflections on the Dead in a Small Town Cemetery. It will be released in the coming days.

“Cemeteries are like huge puzzles. The more time you spend strolling through them, noticing things ... there are many mysteries in the cemetery,” Hallwas said. “The cemetery is a big vast canvas of mysteries.”

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Political Advertising Info
10:53 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Shop Talk - May 22

The panelists talk about a new requirement regarding the political advertising sold by network television stations in the nation's 50 largest markets.

The FCC board voted to have those stations post certain data on-line. That includes information on who bought political ads, when, and how much they paid.

Broadcasters are already required to file the information at their stations but the board feels it will be more accessible if posted on the web.

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Illinois Rivers Project
10:05 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Ameren Choosing Corridor for Transmission Line

The proposed corridor is highlighted in green
Ameren Transmission

Ameren Choosing Corridor for Transmission Line

Ameren wants to build a transmission line from eastern Missouri to western Indiana. It would run right through Illinois -- including portions of this region -- and is called the Illinois Rivers Project.

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Governor Will Sign Bill
9:07 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Illinois Legislative Scholarships Eliminated

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (HB 3810) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.

The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.

Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said the waiver program is outdated.

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