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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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Lee County has reported another death related to COVID-19. The county now has at least six deaths related to the virus.

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The McDonough County Health Department reported a COVID-19 outbreak at The Ritz in downtown Macomb.  The department said people in the bar on August 21, August 22, and August 29 were exposed to the virus.

More than 100 people lined the sidewalks outside Macomb City Hall to demonstrate they back local police. A few other people also demonstrated outside the building in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Organizers of a program designed to help promote Lee County businesses during the pandemic said it proved highly successful.

Poynter did some fact checking on the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Poynter found that several widely shared posts on social media make inaccurate, misleading, or unproven claims about Blake, his interaction with police, and the events that followed.  

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Macomb has a new sculpture of Abraham Lincoln like you have never seen him before. The topiary sculpture features a colorful array of flowers growing out of the 16th president's beard.

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The McDonough County Health Department is reporting confirmed cases of coronavirus at Trinity Academy in Industry, the Bushnell-Prairie City School District (B-PC), Dairy Queen in Bushnell, and Chick’s on the Square in Macomb.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has more than tripled during the past three weeks in both Lee and Des Moines counties.

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The McDonough County Health Department said people might have been exposed to the coronavirus at two establishments in Macomb: The Forum and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Western Illinois University reported 16 students living on the Macomb campus tested positive for the coronavirus. The information comes from the university's newly released COVID-19 dashboard.

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School districts around western Illinois are taking a variety of approaches to holding classes as the new school year gets underway. A regional school superintendent said that demonstrates the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

A piece on the RTDNA's website says local TV news might never be the same due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It notes, among other things, the innovation required to produce stories while working remotely.

The Shop Talk panelists use that as the starting point for their discussion about how the pandemic is changing the way journalism is taught.

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Western Illinois University's administration and the University Professionals of Illinois, which represents faculty, have agreed on a plan for holding classes during the fall semester.

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Western Illinois University's interim president said he is optimistic about the year ahead. But he added there are plenty of challenges to tackle.

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Another company is interested in building a wind farm in western Illinois. Germany-based RWE Renewables hopes to place 48 to 66 turbines in southeast McDonough County.

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Macomb city council members say they condemn racism, hate, and violence, and they have put that statement in writing in the form of a resolution they approved unanimously.

A derecho tore through parts of the Midwest, including Iowa and Illinois, on Monday, August 10.  The powerful storm system caused extensive damage, left thousands of people without power, and flattened farm fields.  Yet the national media was slow to pick up the story amd it still has not received a great deal of national attention.

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Western Illinois University intends to hold in-person classes beginning August 24 in Macomb and the Quad Cities. But the union representing faculty members is fighting that plan.

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A bronze bust Carl Sandburg commissioned of himself has found a new home. It will be displayed in Galesburg at the community college named after the Pulitzer Prize winning writer.

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Spoon River College will receive state funding to help complete the next phase of the East Jackson Street campus in Macomb.

NPR and other news outlets reported that Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and several executives at the media company he founded were arrested Monday. They were accused of colluding with foreign forces.

The Macomb School District is paying $1.5 million to settle the lawsuit filed against it by two former students. Tri States Public Radio obtained a copy of the settlement agreement through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan's new book is Ghosting the News: American Journalism and the Crisis of Democracy. She writes about the decline of local news coverage; more than 2,000 American newspapers have gone out of business since 2004.

A couple elected leaders in Macomb say the community's new middle school should be named after the Reverend C-T Vivian. 

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Macomb paid its final respects to the Reverend C.T. Vivian, the civil rights leader who grew up in the community.  Dr. Vivian died July 17 at the age of 95.

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All six law enforcement agencies in McDonough County have signed a document stating they are adopting the Ten Shared Principles of policing.

The Wee Care Day Care Center in Macomb lost everything in a fire six weeks ago. Supporters are hoping it won't take long to recover from the disaster.

The Pew Research Center reported that a survey it conducted in April found about six-in-ten Americans (61%) said they were following news about the coronavirus outbreak at both the national and local level equally. Around a quarter (23%) said they were paying more attention to news at the local level, while 15% said they were focused more on COVID-19 news at the national level.

The attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Macomb School District disputes an assertion made by school Superintendent Patrick Twomey.

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A private university and a public community college in southeast Iowa are exploring new ways to collaborate. Iowa Wesleyan University and Southeastern Community College are working out details on a contract for managed services.

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