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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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the Keokuk Art Center to make changes to its primary fundraiser. The 31st annual Festival of Trees auction is taking place online instead of during a gala reception.

Artist Steven Hudson said his paintings depict the world after an unspecified cataclysm. He said they don't show a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but rather a twilight time occupied by humans -- though different from our current clutter and pace.

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, November 16, to announce the school's new president.

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Around 75 people from Macomb and surrounding communities gathered at Veterans Park on a sunny, breezy, and mild November morning. They sang and read from scriptures to promote unity through diversity.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the election night coverage they participated in and watched last week.

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Parts of tri states continued to see sharp increases in the number of coronavirus cases between October 28 and November 5. The virus is blamed for 30 deaths in the region during that time period.

Voters in west central Illinois reelected their congressional representatives and their state representatives, and they elected a new judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit. More Illinois election results can be found here.

The unofficial final results show an incredibly close outcome for the region’s congressional seat. A state senator lost his re-election race, and a former state senator lost in his bid to return to office. More Iowa election results can be found here.

Republicans swept the elections for statewide office in Missouri. Governor Mike Parson won his first full term. More Missouri election results can be found here.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss their experiences as journalists working on election nights through the years.

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Media outlets in other countries are closely following this year's presidential election in the United States. A couple researchers from Monmouth College are involved with a project to examine what is being reported and how it differs from four years ago.

The Daily Gamecock, which is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina, went dark for a week this month because, as noted in a piece written by the editorial staff, they’re not doing okay.

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A new position in the Macomb Police Department will focus on diversifying the department's workforce. The person hired will also serve as a liaison between people in need and the community's social service agencies.

Illinois State Police said one person was killed and numerous others were injured during a hay rack ride Saturday night, October 24, near Nauvoo.

Courtesy the CDC

16 deaths in the region are blamed on the coronavirus in the past week, new outbreaks of the virus are reported in McDonough and Schuyler counties, and people were exposed to the virus at a dental center in Hancock County.

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McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said voting is playing out much differently this fall than what she has seen in the past.

Will Buss, who is one of our Shop Talk panelists, writes a weekly column for the McDonough County Voice. In last week's column he wrote that some news organizations are questioning whether to assign reporters to cover the Trump campaign if the president and his followers refuse to follow COVID-19 protocols. The news organizations say they don't want to endanger their reporters.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said 34 counties across the state are at a warning level for COVID-19.  They include McDonough, Warren, Adams, Pike, and Cass counties in west-central Illinois. 

A coronavirus outbreak has been reported at a long-term care facility in Macomb; and an independent, nonprofit newsroom found the number of COVID-19 cases at a Monmouth meatpacking plant is much higher than previously announced.

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The group leading the search for Western Illinois University's next president has narrowed the field of candidates to six.

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There is a push to gain greater recognition for Dr. Ruth Tunnicliff, who is credited with discovering the cause of measles and creating the first serum for preventing the disease.

Poynter reported that more and more journalists have either abandoned Twitter or at least cut back on how much they use it.

Courtesy Walnut Grove Farm

Many long-standing autumn events in the region have been canceled due to the pandemic.  For others, the show will go on -- but not without some changes.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for January 5, 2021 for the Western Illinois University freshman accused of shooting his roommate.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss last week's presidential debate and whether there is any value to continuing the tradition of holding such events. The debate quickly became a shouting match and provided little insight about the candidates and their positions.

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It took just two months for the Because We Care (BWC) campaign to reach its fundraising goal. The group's leaders presented a $33,000 check to the Macomb Police Department to cover half the cost of buying body cameras for officers.

Jason Parrott

After eight years in southeast Iowa, Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau is leaving to pursue a business opportunity in Council Bluffs.

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Macomb Park District Executive Director Rachel Lenz is touting a plan to redevelop Patton Park on the city's south side.

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Illinois has designated the location of the Reverend C.T. Vivian's childhood home in Macomb as an Illinois State Historical Site. The city and state unveiled the marker during a ceremony that more than 100 people attended.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a recent opinion piece on NPR's website that raises concerns about the long friendship between NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.