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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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Jerel Jones is Macomb's new police chief. He was sworn into office this week. He replaced Curt Barker, who retired after a lengthy career with the department.

The student newspaper at Illinois State University has printed its final edition. The Vidette is switching to a digital format. Shop Talk's Will Buss is familiar with that transition because the Western Courier made the switch a bit more than a year ago.

Knox County announced the formation of a Violent Crime Task Force less than a week ago, and the group is already yielding results.

Reporters Without Borders has released its latest World Press Freedom Index. The group called journalism the main vaccine against misinformation. However, that vaccine is not getting through in many parts of the world.

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On April 26, 2011, Pat Quinn was Illinois' governor and Al Goldfarb was president of Western Illinois University. And on that date, they were joined by others for a groundbreaking ceremony for a performing arts center on WIU's Macomb campus.

Bill Maakestad of Macomb said that while visiting the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN, a few years ago, he was struck by the influence country music had on soul singers.

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Faculty members at Western Illinois University won't see a change to their pay for next school year.

Courtesy WIU

Western Illinois University is planning to return to business as usual in a few months.

Journalist Abigail Higgins wrote a piece for Business Insider under the headline, "The FBI used my journalism to charge a January 6 insurrectionist. I have complicated feelings about that."

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Car and truck drivers honked their horns as they passed the large gathering on West Jackson Street in Macomb Thursday morning. Usually such horn honking is done to show support for demonstrators. But in this case, drivers honked in support of the grand opening for the city's first adult-use marijuana dispensary.

One Human Family Macomb is asking people to participate in a survey as the group decides on a direction for the next year.

RTDNA ran a piece a few weeks ago about a study conducted by the Center for Media Engagement. The Center looked at the content of nightly network news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC and of primetime cable news network shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC between January, 2020 and June, 2020.

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Western Illinois University said this week's mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics will still take place on the Macomb campus. They will use the two-dose Moderna vaccine rather than the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as originally scheduled.

Saturday's torrential rains did not stop people from coming out to the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic in Macomb.

A Galesburg man pleaded guilty to one count of arson in connection with last year's protests in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd.

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As the McDonough County Health Department prepares to hold a mass vaccination clinic on Saturday, the agency is urging people to remain vigilant about following the protocols designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

These are results from contested elections around the region.  The results are unofficial.  Some counties – such as Hancock – won't count absentee ballots until after Election Day.

The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments are partnering with McDonough District Hospital to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Poynter is holding a series of seminars about the future of the newsroom. Poynter, which bills itself as the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener, and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens, is examining what we’ve lost and learned in a year of remote journalism.

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Researchers are finding that some military families begin experiencing difficulties about four or five weeks after a family member returns home from deployment.

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Community leaders and Macomb School District students braved the chilly and blustery weather on the final day of March to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new middle school.

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There is just one contested election for the Macomb City Council. Two candidates are running to replace Fifth Ward Alderwoman Gayle Carper, who is stepping down.

Editor & Publisher magazine reported the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill includes funding for economically disrupted industries to help keep their retirement plans solvent. Those disrupted industries include America's community newspapers, which Editor & Publisher said are weighed down by underfunded pension liabilities.

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Tuition will rise by 4% next school year at Western Illinois University. The increase applies only to new underclassmen and new graduate students.

Drone photo taken by Chad Sperry/The City of Macomb shared the image with TSPR.

After a delay of a couple years, Macomb will move ahead with the second and final phase of its Downtown Revitalization Project.

The BBC reported that a few months ago, millions of TV viewers across South Korea were watching the MBN channel to catch the latest news. At the top of the hour, regular news anchor Kim Joo-Ha started to go through the day's headlines. It was a relatively normal list of stories for late 2020. Yet, the BBC said, this particular update was far from normal.

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Western Illinois University said it is planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies this spring.

Courtesy of The Hub Arts & Cultural Center

The Hub Arts & Cultural Center in Rushville will do something on Friday, March 19, 2021 that it hasn't done in about a year – hold an in-person opening reception for an exhibit.

Sunshine Week

Mar 16, 2021

News Leaders Association – formerly known as the American Society of News Editors – has designated March 14-20, 2021 to be Sunshine Week. The group said they started marking Sunshine Week in 2005.

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The past year has been challenging for many communities as they dealt with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their budgets.