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 âââââââ

7:09 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Illinois Rural Doctors Program Making A Difference

Credit U of I Extension

Advocates for better healthcare in Illinois’ rural areas say one problem is a lack of doctors. But they believe a long-running program is making a difference. 

The Rural Medical Education Program is offered through the University of Illinois at Rockford. The school says the program graduated more than 260 students since 1993. Most of them went to practice in rural communities.

Margaret Vaughn, who is the executive director of the Illinois Rural Health Association, says the program is a big help.

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1:25 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Washington Recovery Exceeding Expectations

An aerial view of the tornado's path through Washington, Illinois.

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 6:07 pm

The central Illinois community flattened by an EF4 tornado one year ago (November 17, 2013) is bouncing back.

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Election 2014
6:55 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Agriculture Major Topic In Illinois Treasurer's Race

Credit State of Illinois

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

Republican Tom Cross says he would ensure the "ag invest" program remains available to farmers. Democrat Mike Frerichs says the office could help farmers transition to more sustainable practices, and those transition costs can be high.

Frerichs and Cross are vying to replace Dan Rutherford, who's leaving office after a failed bid for governor.

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6:24 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The Summer of 2014: Cool and Wet

A lot of rain accompanied this summer's cooler than normal temperatures.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:46 pm

There’s a reason why this might have felt like one of the coolest summers in memory.

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4:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Emiquon: A Wetland’s Dynamic Return

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 1:34 pm

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.

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6:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Art of Cigar Box Guitars

John draws makes guitars from old cigar boxes, tin cans, and a other re-purposed materials.

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 10:40 am

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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4:57 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Farmers Hope for River System Improvements

The Crimson Glory pushing a barge down the Illinois River at Peoria.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:02 am

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.

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5:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Illinois Education Board to Decide Consolidations

John Meixner in his office

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 6:26 pm

The Illinois State Board of Education will take care of a task that was supposed to be handled at the local level.

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6:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

When the Brain Won’t Make Music

It's believed the globus pallidus portion of the brain is involved in causing focal dystonia.

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:39 pm

Acoustic guitarist John Heasly of Alexis was making a pretty good go of it playing bars and concert venues in the region.

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