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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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Market Watch reported that the rise of so-called fake news is producing a record number of journalism majors.  The publication quoted one young person who said students are concerned they have not been paying attention and have not held politicians accountable for their actions.

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Trenton Sealock said he moved around a lot and had a lot of stepdads while growing up. He dropped out of high school when he was a sophomore and has gotten into trouble with the law ever since.  "I've come to jail for stupid crimes," he said.

America's News Deserts

Mar 27, 2018

Columbia Journalism Review is asking for help from the public.  CJR wants to create a complete and accurate map of America's news deserts – places with no daily local news outlet.

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Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said she is withdrawing her nominating papers and will not run for a second term.  She made the announcement in a news release issued Monday.

More than 80 people – many of them Macomb High School students -- braved the cold, blustery, and rainy conditions Saturday morning to demonstrate as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.  The local protest was organized by students.  They're calling for political action to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools and society.

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Edgar Rodriguez is finishing up his Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management at Western Illinois University.  He will now get a chance to put to use what he has learned because the McDonough County Board unanimously voted in favor hiring him to be the county's Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) director.

State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb turned back a challenge in the Republican primary, and the number two in command at the McDonough County Sheriff's Department will get a chance to run the office.

Kentucky State Police say when they are conducting an investigation they don't want reporters putting out any information about the story until the agency issues its own news release.  And reporters and news organizations that ignore this edict face the threat of being taken off the Kentucky State Police media distribution list. 

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Jason Pohren was 39.  He became state's attorney in December, 2014.  

CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter reported that conservative broadcasting company Sinclair is requiring its stations to run "scripted" promos that "decry 'fake stories'" from national news outlets.

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Jane Carlson, Director of Tri-States Audio Information Services (AIS), said she keeps a Helen Keller quote in her office: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

In an opinion piece on the political website The Hill, Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), writes about the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to assault journalists.  Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the legislation.

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The Macomb School District is not saying much about the federal civil lawsuit filed against it and two of its administrators.  But that’s not stopping members of the community from speaking out about it.

National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the media exploits mass shootings to improve ratings.  “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold," she said. 

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A Civil War soldier from Lewistown, Illinois and his wife regularly communicated during the war by writing each other letters.  Their correspondence is the subject of a new book that offers a different perspective of the War Between the States.

Donald Rients is a technical worker for State Farm Insurance.  He lives in Benson, which is in Woodford County. Rients first ran for Congress in 2015 when the 18th District seat was vacant following the resignation of Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL). Rients lost the special Republican primary election to Darin LaHood.

Darin LaHood (R-IL) is the current congressman serving the 18th District in western and central Illinois.  He won a special primary and special election in 2015 to replace Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), who resigned from office.  LaHood won his first full term in the November, 2016 election.

Brian Deters grew up in Quincy.  He taught social studies at Morton High School before his wife was transferred to Switzerland for her job with Caterpillar.  He said the family has lived in Switzerland for the past five years but is in the process of moving back to Illinois.

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Junius Rodriguez is a historian and professor at Eureka College.  He was the Democratic nominee for the 18th Congressional District in 2016.  He lost in the general election to Republican Darin LaHood.

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Darrel Miller describes himself as a lifelong farmer from western McLean County. He said he can draw from a lifetime of business experience to address issues.  Miller was the Democratic nominee for the 18th Congressional District in 2014.  He lost in the general election to Republican Aaron Schock.

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Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is the current state representative serving House District 93. She was appointed to the seat in December, 2010 and is in her fourth term.

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Joshua Griffith is from Abingdon.  He manages a roofing company in Galesburg.  He said this is the first time he has run for public office.

The Chicago Sun Times bought a bar in downtown Chicago in 1977 – The Mirage Tavern – and used it to uncover city corruption.  Reporters worked as bartenders and wait staff at the tavern.  Microphones and cameras were hidden throughout the premises. Columbia Journalism Review called it "undercover journalism’s greatest coup" in a recent article that looks back at the investigation.

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150 years ago – on February 24, 1868 – the U.S. House voted along party lines to impeach Democratic President Andrew Johnson.  To mark Presidents' Day this year, TSPR talked to a couple historians about Johnson and other presidents who faced impeachment.

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McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said he suffers from vertigo and he blamed the condition for the erratic driving that is the subject of a 911 complaint phoned in against him last spring. Tri States Public Radio reported the story last week, and this week TSPR talked to a medical professional to learn more about vertigo.

The movie The Post examines the role the Washington Post played in exposing a U.S. government cover-up that spanned several decades and presidencies.  The Post and the New York Times fought the government for the right to publish classified documents, known as The Pentagon Papers, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the newspapers. 

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On wintery school days when it is extremely cold and/or snow is accumulating, school superintendents must decide whether to hold classes or tell children to stay home.  Tri States Public Radio talked to the superintendents from the West Prairie, Keokuk, and Macomb school districts to find out what factors into their decisions.

The Shop Talk panelists continue their discussion about enterprise and investigative journalism.   

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Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he is trying to educate his urban counterparts about rural issues ahead of a vote on the next Farm Bill.

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The West Prairie School District’s latest Impact 103 community engagement forum focused on the district's finances and facilities.  Earlier sessions focused on the community's concerns about the school district and the condition of the district's buildings.

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