Rich Egger

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.”

The president of Western Illinois University will keep his job for at least one more year.   The board of trustees unanimously agreed to extend Dr. Jack Thomas' contract through the 2016-17 fiscal year.  Reading from a prepared statement during the board's quarterly meeting... chairperson Roger Clawson said trustees enthusiastically commend Thomas for the leadership he's shown during difficult times, and trustees support his strategic vision for Western.  After the meeting, Clawson said Thomas is steering the University through uncharted waters.

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The budget crisis in Illinois that's crippling public universities is not being felt by K-through-12 school districts. That's because state lawmakers made sure to fund elementary and secondary education this year. History might not repeat itself. So school districts in western Illinois are drumming up support for full funding next fiscal year by painting a bleak picture of the future. Illinois Public Radio's T.J. Carson has the story.

      

About three dozen Western Illinois University students and staff members marched across campus Tuesday to advocate for state funding of higher education.  The demonstration was put on by students and was done in support of faculty and staff who face furloughs and layoffs.

In a letter to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said around 110 university workers will receive layoff notices within the next week.

Around 150 people took to the streets late Thursday afternoon to demonstrate their support for Western Illinois University and the city of Macomb.

Western Illinois University Budget Director Matt Bierman said the school will achieve savings beginning next fiscal year thanks to the early retirement incentive package offered late last fall.

Patty and Carl Sloan managed to escape injury Tuesday evening by reaching the basement of their home outside Avon just as a powerful storm hit.

The senior U.S. Senator from Illinois says the nation is locking up too many people for far too long. He hopes to change that soon.

Democrat Dick Durbin has worked with Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa on the sentencing reform and corrections act.

Durbin says the act would ease mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses that don't involve guns, gangs, or violence. He says he believes the U.S. overreacted with the war on drugs and other "get tough on crime" measures.

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Roughly 200 people marched through the Western Illinois University campus Tuesday afternoon.  They wanted to make a public statement about their dissatisfaction with decision-makers in Springfield.

 

"It’s time to stop using us as some kind of political football," said Dr. Brian Powell, Associate Professor of Philosophy, who helped organize the demonstration.

"We need funding for MAP (Monetary Award Program). This is need-based money for motivated students."

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. Herndon on Lincoln: Letters was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.

Macomb-based musician Chris Vallillo does shows featuring the music of the American civil rights movement.  He came up with the concept around the time of the movement's 50th anniversary.

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Western Illinois University hopes a decrease in tuition rates will increase its enrollment numbers. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger reports. 


The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will wait until next month to vote on a massive budget cutting plan.  In a letter issued Tuesday to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said he wants more time to come up with a proposal that threatens the livelihood of fewer people.

The state of Illinois has cut funding to higher education each year for more than a decade.  Those cuts combined with declining enrollment will cause some people to lose their jobs at Western Illinois University.

3-D imaging is becoming more popular among engineers working on building additions or remodeling projects.

The sport inspired by the Harry Potter stories will hold its Midwest Regional Championships November 21 & 22 at Veterans Park in Macomb.

Illinois’ newest congressman has not decided who he will  support for House Speaker.  Republican Darin LaHood took office only about a month ago.  He says he wants to interview the candidates to find out what they have to say about moving the country forward.

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The Emiquon Corps of Discovery describes itself as a group of volunteers trained to analyze with the mind of a scientist, see with the eyes of an artist, and speak with the words of a poet.  And that's what they've done for 10 years on the 9,000 acre Emiquon Nature Preserve along the Illinois River near Lewistown.  

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College students say Illinois' governor and legislators need to get together and approve funding for MAP grants. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger reports. 

Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.

Public universities in Illinois find themselves in an odd situation.  A new school year is underway but the state has no budget for higher education, which means there is no state money coming in to the public institutions.

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Street art – also known as graffiti art – is often done under cover of night.  But on a sunny, hot, and humid mid-summer afternoon in Galesburg it was done during the light of day in a small downtown plaza.

The public chose its favorites in voting done during the event.t – also known as graffiti art – is often done under cover of night.  But on a sunny, hot, and humid mid-summer afternoon in Galesburg it was done during the light of day in a small downtown plaza.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said he will not run for another term in the Illinois legislature. His seat is up for election in 2016.

The Cobble Climb

May 26, 2015
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One of the extra events during the annual Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington also involves a climb up a steep alley.  But unlike Snake Alley’s winding path, this alley challenges riders with a straight climb of 60 feet over a single city block.

It’s called the Cobble Climb.

A high school history teacher is seeking the Democratic nomination for an Illinois Congressional seat in a district with a history of electing Republicans. 

Tuesday is Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s final day in office.  He resigned amid accusations he misspent taxpayer money.  

Illinois’s New Treasurer says he’s in the midst of a top-to-bottom review of how the office is managed. 

Agriculture is one of the issues being discussed in the waning days of the campaign for Illinois Treasurer. The Treasurer’s office maintains state funds and acts as the state’s bank.

Land in Fulton County that was farmed for more than 80 years is being returned to its original wetland state – and the early results are promising for what’s now the Emiquon Nature Preserve.

John Draws is making a lot of noise – literally and figuratively – with three-string guitars made from cigar boxes and other bits and pieces.

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