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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Looking for Cost Savings
6:33 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Illinois House Votes to Eliminate Perk for Retirees

The Illinois Capitol building

Longtime state employees in Illinois would no longer be able get free health insurance  when they retire under legislation (SB 1313) approved by the Illinois House on May 9.

The  vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees.  The governor, House speaker and other politicians want to save money  by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.

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Cass Communications Hired
5:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Rushville Will Make Central Park a Hot Spot

Central Park in Rushville (photo from city-data.com)

The old will meet the new in downtown Rushville when wireless Internet service is installed for Central Park.

“I'm not saying Rushville will be overrun by people needing that service, but it is a convenience and it's another element to attract people downtown,” said Mayor Scott Thompson.

Thompson said the service will be installed by Cass Communications, probably next month. The city has a one-year contract with the company, which will be paid just $150 per month.

“For all intents and purposes, we're their beta site,” Thompson said. “This is a first for them.”

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Reporting Among Worst Jobs
11:47 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Shop Talk - May 8

The panelists talk about an article on the CareerCast website, which said newspaper reporter and broadcaster are two of the worst jobs of 2012.

The article said, “As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand  information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing. To be sure, both jobs once seemed glamorous, but on-the-job stress, declining job opportunities and income levels are what landed them on our Worst Jobs list.”

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Bollards & Floodlights
9:48 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

More Lighting for Macomb's Chandler Park

Bollards are already installed in the southern part of Chandler Park

It took some sorting out, but Macomb aldermen eventually agreed to have more lights installed at Chandler Park before next month's Heritage Days celebration.

Eleven electrical bollards will be added to the north side of the park. Bollards were installed in the southern portion of the park last year.

In addition, floodlights will be installed at the Chandler monument and the Civil War monument.

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April 2012
6:39 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from April 2012. 

During the month, NTN Bower announced a major expansion project in Macomb, Southeastern Community College's president announced her retirement, and Spoon River College announced the name of its next president.

Fort Madison city council members chose one of their own to serve as the city's next mayor, and Burlington's new city manager started work.

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