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.”

lahood.house.gov

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment. Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.

“Those are important issues to the American people,” he said. “They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

Bicyclists in communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides. Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb, Ill., sometimes attract just a handful.

Will Terrill, of Colchester, said he’s been participating in the Macomb rides for about a year. He said they serve as a reminder to motorists that bicyclists are allowed to use the streets.

wiu.edu

Western Illinois University’s short-term goal is to stabilize enrollment at 10,000 students, but it came up a bit short this fall.

Western says its current enrollment is 9,441, which is a drop of nine percent from last fall and nearly 15 percent from two years ago.

Western Illinois University is developing contingency plans in case the ongoing shortfall of state funding continues.  But the administration is not yet ready to reveal details of these plans. 

The state has gone nearly two years without a budget.  Public colleges and universities received some state funding through a stop-gap spending plan approved in late June of last year, but they have not received any state money this calendar year.

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  The Trans-Pacific Partnership has the support of the highest-ranking Democrat in the country, President Barack Obama.  But an Illinois Democrat says she's opposed.  

 

 Supporters says the TPP will help American farmers and small businesses by eliminating thousands of taxes on their goods and by opening markets in Pacific Rim nations.  

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