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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Illinois House Speaker
4:08 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Madigan Talks About Pension Challenge

House Speaker Michael Madigan
Illinois General Assembly website

Illinois lawmakers continue to wrestle with the state's soaring pension costs. 

The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31, yet at this time it's still unclear which -- if any -- of the various proposals to reduce pension costs will pass. 

Unions are fighting efforts that would reduce benefits for state workers, university employees, and public school teachers.

But many lawmakers, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say an overhaul is necessary.  They point to Illinois' $83 billion unfunded pension liability that continues to grow. 

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Job Search Spending
3:07 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Another New Restriction for Illinois Colleges

Chapin Rose
Illinois General Assembly website

Illinois lawmakers have agreed to restrict public universities from using state funding or tuition money to cover the costs of campus job searches.
 
State Representative Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said he has seen numerous outside search firms brought in to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

He said it's unfair for taxpayers or students to pay for expensive searches, which he said in many instances are unnecessary.

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Safety Precaution
8:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Pedestrian Crossing Signs for Busy Macomb Intersection

One of the solar powered LED traffic signs on the WIU campus
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen have been asked for several years to take action to improve the safety of the Grant Street and Maple Avenue intersection. They now appear ready to do so.

They will decide at their June 4, 2012 meeting whether the city should buy solar powered pedestrian crossing lights for that intersection and for West Adams Street, just east of Wigwam Hollow Road.

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Breaking An Embargo
1:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Shop Talk - May 29

The panelists discuss an apology issued by the Associated Press 67 years after the fact.

AP rebuked and then fired correspondent Edward Kennedy after he reported -- a full day ahead of the competition -- that the Germans had unconditionally surrendered in World War II.  Kennedy was one of 17 reporters who witnessed the surrender ceremony. But in exchange for being allowed to see the ceremony, they were barred from reporting on it until authorized by Allied headquarters.

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Public Universities Targeted
9:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding

Rich Egger

The  Illinois House is considering a 6% cut to state universities  in next year's budget. That's nearly double the reduction  in  the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.

The  dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the  institution.

Western Illinois University would lose nearly $3.4 million.

The  proposal also slashes $15 million from scholarships for needy students through the Monetary Assistance Program, also known as MAP Grants.

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