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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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Federal prosecutors said a sergeant at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling pleaded guilty to his role in a fatal assault on an inmate.

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The Western Illinois University Art Gallery is currently featuring two exhibits that are much different from one another.

The Hill reported that the journalism watchdog group Reporters without Borders filed a criminal complaint in Germany against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials over the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of other journalists.

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The Western Illinois Museum in Macomb has unveiled its "Renovate to Innovate" facilities plan. 

In late January, the Shop Talk panelists discussed a proposal in Australia to make Facebook, Google, and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. Now CNBC reports that Facebook plans to spend at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years.

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Prosecutors are seeking an extended sentence for the Western Illinois University freshman accused of shooting his roommate.

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An Iowa man agreed to a plea deal in connection with a fatal traffic crash that happened north of Macomb nearly two years ago.

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Enrollment at Western Illinois University has dropped precipitously during the past decade. New President Guiyou Huang said he intends to turn that around.

The Student Press Law Center has declared February 26 to be Student Press Freedom Day. The Center has chosen the theme Journalism Against the Odds to acknowledge the news coverage student journalists produced despite being faced with the challenges brought on by the pandemic and other major stories.

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Ray Doswell graduated from Monmouth College in 1991 before working on his master's degree at the University of California, Riverside. As Doswell completed his graduate studies he wrote to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, telling them he needed a job.

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Nancy and Perry Sinnett moved into their new home in Prairie City in 1997. It was the first home completed through the Habitat for Humanity of McDonough County chapter.

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The Knox College Board of Trustees has chosen the first Black president in the school's nearly 185 year history. Dr. Andy McGadney will begin work in Galesburg on July 1, 2021.

As reported by CNN and other news outlets, two prominent staffers of The New York Times are leaving the paper. Both were involved in high-profile controversies.

Police arrested a man who investigators said intentionally set a house fire that killed a woman on Sunday, February 14.

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The National Weather Service said light snow is expected over most of the area today with accumulations generally less than one half inch.

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The National Weather Service said north winds and bitter cold temperatures will result in wind chills as low as 15 below to 25 below zero this morning.  A dusting of additional snow is possible.

One person is dead after a fire in Galesburg. The city said the house "...had been placarded as unfit for habitation."

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For the first time in Macomb's long history, the city will have a Black police chief.

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Windy City Cannabis is in the process of renovating a building on West Jackson Street into an adult-use cannabis dispensary. The Homewood (IL) based company could open the store by the middle of March.

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The National Weather Service said occasional light snow or flurries can be expected today. Frigid wind chills are expected tonight.

NPR reported that election technology company Smartmatic filed a massive lawsuit last week against Fox News. The suit alleges the network and some of its biggest on-air personalities made Smartmatic into a villain and perpetuated false claims about the recent election.

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The Western Illinois University Art Gallery is featuring the work of Ming Ying Hong, who likes to push together contrasting images in her drawings.

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The National Weather Service said another round of light snow will push across the region today into this evening with widespread accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.

The National Weather Service said gusty winds will continue to produce some blowing and drifting snow this morning, especially in rural and open areas.

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The presidents of Illinois' public universities believe the state should make it a higher priority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for higher education's faculty, staff, and students.

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The Burlington City Council is poised to hire the community's next city manager. Chad Bird currently is city manager of Decorah, Iowa.

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of southeast Iowa; Clark and Scotland counties in northeast Missouri; and McDonough, Knox, Warren, Hancock, and Henderson counties in western Illinois until noon on Friday, February 5.

AP reported that the "help wanted" list for top management jobs in journalism is suddenly getting very long.

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An expert believes the economy will look different as we rebound from the pandemic-related recession, and he said some post-pandemic economic trends are already beginning to emerge.


The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments said they will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, February 1, 2021.