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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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The Galesburg Civic Art Center is now known as the Galesburg Community Arts Center, and it has moved a few blocks down East Main Street to the corner of Main and Seminary.

A journalist in the Philippines and a reporter in Russia have won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

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The Spoon River College Board of Trustees agreed to move ahead with the complete buildout of the school's campus on Macomb's east side.

The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees agreed to authorize a $30 million bond issue. The money will pay for improvements to the campus in Galesburg.

Chicago Public Media, which oversees public radio station WBEZ, is in talks to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times.

The McDonough County Health Department is reporting Covid-19 outbreaks at two schools and an assisted living facility.

Courtesy WIU

Many colleges and universities welcomed students back on campus this fall despite the ongoing pandemic. That presents the challenge of keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.

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The City of Macomb has received its first revenue from the city's adult use marijuana tax.           

The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about criticism of Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who attended a lavish event wearing a white gown with “Tax the Rich” written in bold, red letters on the back.

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On a sunny and warm late summer afternoon, Kelley Quinn of Macomb unveiled her latest piece of art. Her canvas is a vintage 1939 Farmall H tractor. It is largely covered by a mosaic.

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Macomb planned to complete its downtown revitalization project by mid-December. But the city said the contractor will ask the state for an extension into the 2022 construction season.

NPR reported that a man who disrupted NBC News correspondent Shaquille Brewster's live coverage on Hurricane Ida faces a variety of charges.

For the third day in a row, the Schuyler County Health Department is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak in Rushville.

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The special election in Keokuk did not go well for the school district, which asked voters to approve a $19.9 million bond issue.

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Western Illinois University said enrollment basically held steady compared to a year ago. The administration hopes it is the start of a turnaround for the university.

The Schuyler County Health Department on Tuesday reported four confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to Webster Elementary School.

Poynter recently shared an update on The Philadelphia Inquirer's project, "Inquirer for All." The project's aim is to transform the newsroom into one that is inclusive and antiracist.

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Some school districts across the nation don't have enough bus drivers, while other districts say they're getting by. TSPR spoke with a with a couple local school superintendents about the issue to get their thoughts.

Courtesy Landmarks Illinois

The non-profit organization Landmarks Illinois is honoring nine preservation projects across the state.  One of them is in Nauvoo

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 134, which creates the Local Journalism Task Force. A release from the governor's office said the Task Force will conduct a comprehensive study of the status of journalism and make recommendations for improvement to the Governor and General Assembly.

It's been nearly a year since Kavion Poplous shot his roommate in a Western Illinois University dorm, and three months since he pleaded guilty to a charge of Attempted First Degree Murder. Now Poplous knows how much time he will serve for the crime.

Courtesy of the Keokuk School District

The Keokuk School District is asking voters to approve the issuance of $19.9 million in general obligation bonds to pay for construction of a new school and renovations at several facilities.

The Associated Press reported that a once-prominent anchor at one of Iowa's biggest local television stations has filed a lawsuit alleging she was let go last year because of her gender and age.

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The number of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 remains below 50% in each county in the TSPR listening region. But local leaders hoped rates will increase now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine.

Shop Talk panelist Will Buss recently wrote a column for The McDonough County Voice about newsroom closures across the U.S. He wrote some publications blame their shutdown on the economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tributes are pouring in for former Tri States Public Radio Music Director Jeff Holtz. He passed away at his home in Macomb on Thursday, August 19. He was 79.

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Tanner Woodford runs the Design Museum of Chicago, which he founded about nine years ago. But his roots are in Macomb -- where he was born and raised – and he has not forgotten about those roots.

The New York Times reported on a dilemma CNN faced in recent weeks. The network's top-rated anchor is Chris Cuomo, whose brother Andrew faced a harassment scandal that ultimately led to his resignation as New York's governor.

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The Hoerner YMCA in Keokuk is celebrating newly completed renovations to its building, which dates back to 1975.

Artists through the years have used brushes, potter's wheels, and other tools to create their works. Now you can add something new to their toolbox – a drone.