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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 BBC reports that Australia is introducing a law to make Google, Facebook, and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. The BBC said this would make Australia the first nation to impose such a law.

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The entire region remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Tuesday, January 26. A bit more snow and freezing drizzle likely before noon. Colder weather will then move into the region. The Wednesday night low could dip to 2 degrees in Burlington and Galesburg, 4 degrees in Keokuk, and 6 degrees in Macomb.

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Lee, Des Moines, and Van Buren counties in southeast Iowa, Clark and Scotland counties in northeast Missouri, and Knox, Warren, and Henderson counties in western Illinois.

A Galesburg woman is accused of killing her seven-year old daughter. Police said Hazel Ivy, 29, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.

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Macomb firefighter Dan Meyer began learning a new job on Monday, January 25. He is being trained to become the city's next fire chief.


The person hired to serve as the next superintendent of the Illini West High School District currently works in Wyoming, but he is no stranger to Illinois.

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Macomb gets 60% - 70% of its water from Spring Lake. The rest comes from a deep well. But the city administration is planning for some changes.

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Some counties are releasing more information about COVID-19 vaccination schedules. And financial assistance is headed to small businesses in a couple communities.

Last week the Shop Talk panelists discussed the words used to describe the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  This week they talk about the disinformation campaign that ultimately incited the mob.

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During Monday's MLK Observance in Macomb, Illinois NAACP State Conference President Teresa Haley said everyone in the U.S. can enjoy some privilege if racism is dismantled.

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Western Illinois University President Guiyou Huang believes one way the school can attract more students is by beefing up its online offerings.

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The McDonough County Communications Board awarded Letters of Recognition to two of the county's emergency dispatchers. Micheal Phelps and Jayson Sams were the two dispatchers on duty the night of the shooting at Western Illinois University.

The mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 has been described in various ways in news reports. The Shop Talk panelists are concerned that news outlets seemed to shy away from branding them “domestic terrorists.”

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The Macomb School District is one step closer to breaking ground for its new middle school just south of the current junior-senior high school.

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Health departments are urging people to continue following protocols to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

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Western Illinois University's new president is getting a two-and-a-half year contract.  Western's Board of Trustees approved the deal unanimously.

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A conservation group is hoping for a big win with a 200-acre woodland it has acquired in Macomb. The site is called the Wigwam Hollow Bird Sanctuary.

Looking Ahead to 2021

Dec 15, 2020

The Shop Talk crew discusses developments they would like to see in the world of journalism during the next year.  They include further advancements in technology, continued strides in providing transparency, and greater media literacy from audiences.

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The head of Genesis Garden in Macomb said it has been a busy and transformative year for the group, which is a grassroots organization dedicated to increased awareness and elimination of poverty.

Panelist Rajvee Subramanian said one his students inquired about objectivity in journalism. She wondered why reporters should strive for impartiality when covering racial injustices and other atrocities and wrongdoing.

Courtesy of The Hub

One of the scheduled art exhibits at The Hub – Arts & Cultural Center in Rushville fell through because of the pandemic. So Executive Director Erin Eveland said they decided to replace it with an exhibit about the pandemic.

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Macomb Mayor Mike Inman hopes a newly cleared site in the city's downtown area will attract commercial/retail development.

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In response to the pandemic, many Macomb restaurants and other businesses spent money this year to create outdoor seating areas. Some of those businesses could be reimbursed for that expense.

A story on Poynter's website raises the question of whether journalists will be considered essential workers when COVID-19 vaccines are distributed.

Courtesy of the Carthage Public Library District

The Carthage Public Library District will receive a $1.2 million Public Library Construction Act grant from the state -- if the community can raise a matching amount by the end of June, 2021. Library Director Amy Gee said they are off to a good start.

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Floor hockey, swimming, and volleyball are among the 18 sports offered by the Special Olympics Illinois during normal times.  But these, of course, are not normal times due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 cases in Lee County are skyrocketing, prompting the county's Board of Health to issue a directive about mitigation efforts.

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Dr. Guiyou Huang spoke with Tri States Public Radio Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Huang as the 12th president in WIU history.

The Denver Gazette debuted a couple months ago, hoping to fill what backers consider a gap in news coverage in that community as the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News have declined.

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The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted 8-0 Monday to hire Dr. Guiyou Huang as the school's 12th president.