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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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Chevron started an online newspaper in Richmond, California, where the company processes crude oil in the largest refinery on the west coast.  And Davenport, IA, started its own taxpayer-funded news website, though the city recently dropped the project after it faced backlash from critics who considered it propaganda.

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Time is winding down on Illinois' stop-gap spending measure, which expires in early January. But many state lawmakers are in campaign mode so nothing is being done to complete a full budget for Illinois.

Spotting Fake News

Oct 11, 2016

The proliferation of news-related websites can make it difficult to differentiate between legitimate news sites and fake ones. 

Larry Dean, WIU Visual Production Center

When the night has come, And the land is dark, And the moon is the only light we'll see, No I won't be afraid, Oh I won't be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me – Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

A group of Western Illinois University alumni – many of them African-American – stood by one another and helped one another get through college more than five decades ago, a time when the campus was just beginning to diversify.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the use of Facebook Live to give audiences a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a newsroom and/or during a live newscast.

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The body of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor, 46, was found in a wooded area near Route 67 and University Drive late Thursday afternoon.  A preliminary investigation indicates he took his own life.

Calling Out a Liar

Sep 27, 2016

As reported on NPR's Morning Edition last week, the New York Times is not mincing words when covering the campaign of Donald Trump. The newspaper is using the word "lie" often in its coverage of the Republican nominee for president.  

The 93rd Illinois House District includes one public university and two community colleges.  Incumbent Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) believes she's served higher education well and she's running for a fourth term. Her Democratic opponent John Curtis believes the state should be doing a better job of supporting higher education and thinks he can help reverse course on the trend of declining state aid.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas used the school’s 23rd annual Founders' Day celebration to say there is no need for Western to become great again because it's remained great all along.

An article in Rolling Stone magazine says news outlets seem to be divided into two camps: one that reports bad news about Democrats and one that reports bad news about Republicans. 

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A petition drive forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture to hold a public informational meeting on plans to build a large-scale hog farm east of Macomb. But a person who helped spearhead the drive said he isn't necessarily opposed to the farm.

What's in a Name?

Sep 13, 2016

The Newspaper Association of America is changing its name and getting rid of the reference to "newspaper," which apparently is considered an outdated term.  The group, which has been around since the late 1800s, is now known as the News Media Alliance, which describes itself as "the leading voice for the news media industry."

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Plans for the Cardinal Point Wind Farm are changing before construction begins.  The current generation of turbines can generate more power than past models so fewer turbines will be needed.

Poynter reports that one year after getting rid of its print edition, the student newspaper at a community college in California is making even more changes by splitting up what it offers. 

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The collaboration created to determine the feasibility of building a new middle school and community center in Macomb has lost one of its partners. Park Board President John Hemingway said the park district will no longer be involved in the project.

BuzzFeed News reports that to keep the contents of a faculty sexual assault investigation secret, the University of Kentucky intends to sue its own student newspaper.

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas said the state's stop-gap spending measure helped the university for the fall semester, but he cautioned it's not designed to get any of the state's public universities through the entire fiscal year. 

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Bonnie Skripps, President of the Humane Society of McDonough County, said the group does fundraising "all the time." The organization decided to use some of the cash it raised to buy infrared thermometers for law enforcement agencies in the county.

The Student Law Press Center reported new state laws in Illinois, Maryland, and North Dakota provide new protections to college and high-school journalists.

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A pork producer plans to build a hog farm in McDonough County. Tri Oak Foods, based in Oakville, IA, has chosen a 1.5 acre site south of U.S. Highway 136 and about four miles east of Macomb.

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Sandy Songer of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, has a bit of advice for anyone who wants to watch chainsaw artists in action.

A piece on the Columbia Journalism Review website suggested that just as Edward R. Murrow called out U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) for exploiting fear in the 1950s, journalists today should be pushing back against Donald Trump for exploiting fear – and that increasingly, reporters are doing just that.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss what it's like to cover appearances by presidents and nominees for president.  They also touch on whether they would take advantage of an opportunity to cover the Olympics.

The RTDNA reported Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that prevents the public from seeing police body camera video without a court order. 

The microphone this week was turned over largely to panelist Jonathan Ahl, who explained what it's like to cover one of the major political conventions.

Rich Egger

The Burlington Kennel Club held its AKC Conformation Show in Macomb for the first time. And it might not be the last.

Photo from the Bishop Hill Heritage Association

A former Swedish colony in western Illinois will be the setting for a music festival that aims to demonstrate the depth of the folk music genre.  The Bishop Hill Folk Festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held July 30 and 31 in the Bishop Hill Village Park.

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John Miller, President of the University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, said the six month spending plan passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor was poorly done and is not even a true budget. And he said it amounts to another cut for higher education.

FTVLive reported that Emily Mowers, the marketing director for television station WVEC in Norfolk, was upset because the news department did a story about the city's public service app, which was better than a similar app available from the station. So she sent a memo to reporters explaining how she thought they should do their jobs.

St Louis television station Fox 2 did an investigation into the police department for the suburb of Kinloch. The station found some police cars had not been registered with the state and the community had not insured the vehicles. 

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