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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.”

Ways to Connect

Heather Norman is currently TSPR's underwriting and outreach coordinator, a position she’s held since 2014. Norman has also been handling development director duties the past couple years.

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An embattled member of the Galesburg City Council has stepped down. Lindsay Hillery submitted her resignation letter Tuesday. It took effect immediately.

A man serving time for a July 31, 1976 shooting death in Keokuk passed away Monday evening in a hospice room of the Iowa State Penitentiary.

Vice News reported many of the journalists who survived the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol are still covering Congress. But things don't feel normal to them.

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Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in many rural parts of his district. He said he does not know why rural residents are hesitant to get inoculated.

Courtesy WIU

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will have someone new leading its next meeting.

Reporting on UFOs

Jul 13, 2021

Poynter recently noted that UFOs have landed in mainstream media coverage. NPR and other outlets reported on a preliminary assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies looking into unidentified aerial phenomena. And Poynter noted that the New York Times ran a story a few years ago about what was described as a shadowy Pentagon program that investigated reports of UFOs. 

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Less than 50% of west central Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Dr. Ed Card, Chief Medical Officer at McDonough District Hospital, said that should be a concern for everyone.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department said it has captured all four inmates who escaped from the county jail. The department discovered the jailbreak Wednesday night, July 7.

The emergency sirens blared for a brief period Friday evening in Macomb. McDonough ESDA said it sounded the sirens as a warning to seek shelter because of the size of the hail reported with an approaching storm.

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City leaders said AMERCO Real Estate Company plans to buy the building that mostly recently housed Kmart at 1325 East Jackson Street.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department said four inmates escaped from the county jail.  Correctional officers discovered the jailbreak Wednesday night.

Inside Radio reported that Purdue University has agreed on terms to sell news/talk WBAA-AM and classical WBAA-FM in West Lafayette, Indiana to Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media.

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Great River Medical Center in West Burlington and Fort Madison Community Hospital became partners nearly three years ago, and now they have combined into a single hospital with two campuses and a new name:  Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center.

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Another round of improvements is complete at the Buchanan Center for the Arts. The latest renovations involved the first-floor gallery.  

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Dr. Teresa Amott came to Knox College in 2011 as the first woman to lead the college, which was founded in 1837. She is leaving Knox after guiding the school through some interesting times, including the global pandemic of the past year.

Poynter has been reporting a series of stories about reporters who have lost their jobs. Those former reporters each have their own story to tell but they're similar in the how they underscore the challenges facing the profession of journalism and the people who work in the industry.

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Western Illinois University is once again in the market for a new provost.

Courtesy of Crossing Camp

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) now says 85 teenagers and an adult staff member contracted COVID-19 at the Crossing Camp. The summer youth camp took place in mid-June in Rushville. 

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A co-owner of Peace of Earth Lodge near Rushville said that after a year-plus of the pandemic, it's time for a return to live music. The lodge will host a concert at its outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 26, 7:00 p.m., to support a couple local organizations.

The Chicago-based Better Government Association handed out awards for investigative reporting. The top prize went to WBBM-TV for a story about a police raid on the wrong home, which the City of Chicago tried and failed to suppress in federal court before it aired.

Courtesy of the Bliven family

Macomb will resume its summer festival Heritage Days after last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic. As part of the weekend celebration, the John Bliven Memorial Walk/Run will also resume after a year off.

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John Smith, Interim Vice President for Student Services at Western Illinois University, said the state's universities are working together to make sure they're all on the same page about how to reopen this fall.

The Art Center of Burlington could not host an in-person Snake Alley Art Fair last year due to the pandemic. So Executive Director Tammy McCoy is stoked for a return to normal this year.  

Poynter examined a story ProPublica reported about the taxes paid by the wealthiest Americans. The ProPublica story said billionaires pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.

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Karen Terry graduated from Rushville High School and Western Illinois University before leaving the area to work and volunteer for social service agencies in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Now she is back in Macomb to serve as the Community Re-Housing Navigator for Genesis Garden.

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The city administration had proposed offering a financial incentive for city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But this week it dropped the plan.

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A new non-profit has formed in Macomb to continue the food delivery programs that started last year during the pandemic. Good Food Collaborative (GFC) consists almost entirely of volunteers. The only paid employee is Executive Director John Curtis.

RTDNA reported that it has joined more than 100 other groups in urging the Justice Department to include “treatment of the press” in its reviews of the Minneapolis Police Department, Louisville Metro Police Department, and any future inquiries the Justice Department might pursue. 

The head of the Illinois Department of Public Health told Knox College graduates to write their own stories – and make those stories Pulitzer Prize winners.

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