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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Shop Talk – April 30
6:12 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Changes Coming to Local Newspapers

The panelists discuss the changes coming to the two largest newspapers in Lee County.

Mississippi Valley Media says the Daily Gate City and the Daily Democrat will publish four days per week. A shopper-style paper with news mixed in will be published the fifth day. The changes go into effect May 6.

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Ongoing Investigation
11:57 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Hoax 911 Audio Released

Credit Rich Egger

Nearly two months after receiving a hoax 911 call, Macomb police released a recording of the call. Police made the audio available in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last week by Tri States Public Radio.

The recording lasts less than two minutes.  In it, the caller asks the 911 dispatcher to send a squad car to 509 Murray. “This guy has a gun on us. He says we can’t leave.”

The caller also identifies the gunman as a person who lived at the house. A man’s voice is then heard asking if the person called police. After that, the line goes dead.

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50% Plus One
2:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Wailand Might Work on Macomb Election Code

Steve Wailand
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb Second Ward Alderman-Elect Steve Wailand said one of the first issues he might tackle after taking office is to clarify the city’s election code.

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50% Plus One
4:07 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Judge Rules in Favor of Wailand

Steve Wailand and attorney Diane Cohen
Credit Rich Egger

Two months after Macomb’s general election, a judge has ruled Steve Wailand edged Kay Hill, 17 to 16, in the contest for second ward alderman.

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Boil Order, Conservation
11:43 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Pump Failure = Macomb Water Problems

Mayor Mike Inman, Public Workers Director Jason Bainter, and McDonough County ESDA Director Dan Kreps (left to right) during a midday news conference Wednesday
Credit Rich Egger

*Friday update - The water conservation order has been lifted, and the precautionary boil order has also been lifted, as of Friday morning.*

A water pump unique to Macomb’s treatment plant failed, leading the city to ask residents to conserve water usage and to boil water used for food preparation and drinking.

“Each (reverse osmosis water) system is custom built for the municipality it’s designed for,” said Mayor Mike Inman. “The dynamics of this pump are designed solely for use with our system.”

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