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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Cornfed – The Sequel
3:24 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Documentaries Big Winners at Cornfed Film Fest

Credit Rich Egger

The Best of Fest honor at the second annual Cornfed Film Fest in Macomb went to Class C – The Only Game in Town.  The movie follows several girls’ basketball teams from tiny, rural communities in Montana as they compete for the state title. It includes insight from Hall of Fame basketball coach Phil Jackson, who grew up in Montana.

Documentaries were also honored in two other categories. Chasing Water, which follows the Colorado River to the point where it dries up in the southwestern desert, was chosen Best Short Film.

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West Prairie & B-PC
3:40 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Athletic Co-op Almost Finalized

West Prairie High School
Credit Rich Egger

Two school districts in western Illinois are now on the verge of creating a new athletic co-op.

The West Prairie School Board approved the co-op during a special meeting on April 11. The Bushnell-Prairie City School Board will be asked to do likewise during its regular meeting in April.

The districts already co-op boy’s and girl’s track and will continue to do so. The new agreement will add football, baseball, and softball beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

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50% Plus One
5:58 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Will the Candidates Show Up for Ruling?

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

It’s possible neither of the people most affected by the outcome of the “50% Plus One” case in Macomb will be in court to hear the judge’s ruling.

Judge Rodney Clark announced he will rule Friday, April 26, on whether Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand defeated Kay Hill in the February election for second ward alderman in Macomb.

Clark announced the date at the end of the hearing on Monday, April 8. Wailand’s attorney, Diane Cohen of the Liberty Justice Center, immediately asked if Wailand could be excused from the proceedings because he works on Fridays.

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Shop Talk – April 9
11:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Will Audiences Pay for Blogs?

The Shop Talk panelists discuss political blogger Andrew Sullivan’s decision to charge readers to subscribe to his blog.

NPR’s Planet Money team reported Sullivan is charging $19.99 or more per year for subscriptions. It quoted him as saying, “It was either quit blogging, or suck it up and become a businessman.”

Most bloggers try to make money by selling ads, but Sullivan indicated he wanted to avoid selling ads because they chase away page views.

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50% Plus One
3:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Disputed Macomb Election to be Resolved April 26

Steve Wailand and his legal counsel Diane Cohen
Credit Rich Egger

Judge Rodney Clark decided Monday (April 8) to give the City of Macomb extra time to gather more evidence as it tries to defend the ruling made in the February 26 election between Steve Wailand and Kay Hill.

The hearing has been continued until April 26, 9:00am, at the McDonoough County Courthouse. Clark said he would make a ruling on the case on that day.

The delay won’t impact the matter of who is seated to the position because aldermen are not sworn in until the city council’s first meeting in May.

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