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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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The Macomb School District hoped to receive funding through the state's massive capital bill to help pay for construction of a new middle school. But the state chose to spend its money on other projects.

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A Western Illinois University spokesperson said the student who was shot in Thompson Hall on September 15 is expected to make a full recovery.

Patch columnist Mark Konkol wrote that when shots rang out last week at his alma mater – Western Illinois University – no journalists from the student newspaper were available to cover the story. 

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A group of women in Macomb wondered why police in their community don't wear body cameras. The women did more than ask questions. They started a campaign called Because We Care to help raise money for the equipment.

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is urging Macomb and McDonough County residents to fill out their 2020 census forms to ensure the region and the state get a complete and accurate count.

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Western Illinois University said a freshman who shot his roommate Tuesday night turned himself in to police in Chicago Wednesday afternoon.

Shooting at WIU

Sep 16, 2020
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Police are searching for a Western Illinois University student accused in a shooting in a residence hall Tuesday night in Macomb.

Bob Woodward's new book Rage is now available.  In the book, Woodward reports that President Donald Trump expressed early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus.  Yet Woodward waited until just before the release of the book to reveal what the president said.

Western Illinois University's interim president said he is "extremely happy" with this fall's enrollment data even though overall enrollment decreased.

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Black students at Western Illinois University say they deserve better treatment from the institution and the city of Macomb. They have issued a list of demands for the university.

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The Macomb Balloon Rally – like many other events -- will be much different this year due to the pandemic.

Poynter reported the Tech & Check Cooperative at the Duke Reporters' Lab used the political conventions in August to work on perfecting its automated fact-checking program, Squash, and its human component, Gardener.