Outside the Horseshoe

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening at 6:00PM, WCBU airs Outside the Horseshoe prior to the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meeting. Each program features Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce as she previews some of the top issues on the council agenda, or delves into an important topic in city politics and government. Tune in to WCBU before each Peoria City Council meeting for this program, or catch the podcast of each episode.

This week, we're talking about Corn Stock Theatre's production of "Grease" with director Rachel Wooden, and with David Brown, who plays Danny Zuko in the show. This is the first time CST has staged the well-known musical. We talk about what made this the right time to present it, how this version of the show differs from the versions often performed by schools (and the well-known movie adaptation), and about why the stories of 1950s teenagers still have resonance today.

Outside The Horseshoe - August 26, 2014

Aug 26, 2014

  Peoria Public Radio’s Outside the Horseshoe is going on indefinite hiatus. The 6:00p.m. precursor to the station’s live coverage of Peoria City Council Meetings has served well  in that capacity for more than a decade. But with the station’s change to all news and information, city issues and policy are covered on a daily basis. In addition, the station provides this coverage on the web and via social media.

Outside The Horseshoe - August 12, 2014

Aug 12, 2014

  Video Gaming Parlors are becoming more and more popular in Peoria. Three proposals for that would likely amount to the creation of video poker businesses are on the Peoria City agenda. They are expected to be deferred until after the City Council has a policy session on the subject in two weeks. The council is planning that policy session at this meeting. At-large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson and Mayor Jim Ardis are our guests to talk about those issues on this Outside the Horseshoe.

Outside The Horseshoe - July 22, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

  The Warehouse District near the Peoria Riverfront is growing and the reconstruction of Washington Street is nearing completion. Peoria Public Works City Engineer Scott Reeise and Assistant City Manager Chris Setti are our guests to talk about that progress as well as the efforts to make further adjustments to the rework of the Main and University area. That’s this Outside the Horseshoe.

You can also hear the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings and this show the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month on 89.9fm WCBU-HD1, Peoria Public Radio.

Outside The Horseshoe - July 8, 2014

Jul 9, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The City of Peoria is stepping up official action against nuisance properties and the property owners. That is the subject of this evening’s Outside the Horseshoe. Tony Allen is a Nuisance Abatement officer with the Peoria Police Department. Doug Burgess is his partner. Burgess is featured in this Outside the Horseshoe and Allen is our guest.

You can also hear the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings and this show the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month on 89.9fm WCBU-HD1, Peoria Public Radio.

    

Outside the Horseshoe - June 24, 2014

Jun 25, 2014

The first zoning change request related to the replacement of the Taft homes was on the Peoria City Council's agenda Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The zoning for the historic Greeley School property is in the part of the community known as the North Valley. It's part of the city with well organized neighborhood associations. Some neighborhood association members in the area have questions about the zoning variances required to get the property to meet the needs of the site development currently being proposed. 

Outside The Horseshoe - June 10, 2014

Jun 10, 2014
IBEW.org / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria City Council again deferred the Marriott Hotel management change question Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The city is in the secondary lender seat on the redevelopment project and is waiting on the primary lender to sign-off.  

Outside The Horseshoe - May 27, 2014

Jun 2, 2014

  The city of Peoria is considering a number of quality of life policy questions in its agenda for Tuesday April 27, 2014.

Outside The Horseshoe - May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

Mayors from across the state are warning lawmakers about rising pension costs that they say will pack a serious financial punch if left unaddressed.  

Outside The Horseshoe - April 22, 2014

Apr 23, 2014

Free speech in a parody or impersonating an elected official?  The twitter account @Peoriamayor was intended to be a parody. When it was up in March it wasn't fully distinguished in such a way. It had about 50 followers though likely more people were viewing it.  But last week the Peoria Police executed a search warrant on the residents of the person or persons thought to be responsible for the account. The whole matter has sparked a widespread response. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis joins us for this Outside the Horseshoe to talk about the matter.   

Outside The Horseshoe - March 25, 2014

Mar 25, 2014

A group of parents and interested citizens has launched a public movement called Change 150. The campaign is against the Peoria District 150 Superintendent and Board of Education. It resulted in ouster of the only school board member up for re-election last week. Yesterday one of the city’s most prominent African American Pastors stood in front of the reporters from all media outlets in the city to say the group was misguided and function largely on a racial bias.

Outside the Horseshoe - March 11, 2014

Mar 11, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Housing Authority continues to work toward the plan of transition for the Taft Homes. The River view property is the currently the site of about 210 barracks style housing units. The idea is to replace those apartments with new ones in other places throughout the city and potentially also sell the current Taft Property. 

The community controversy surrounding the forward motion on the idea hit a pitch level Monday night at the public information meeting on the third proposed site.  

Outside The Horseshoe - February 25, 2014

Feb 25, 2014

  The longest most difficult stretch of winter seems to be past. However the resulting potholes are a bumpy reminder that it was a harder winter than normal. Peoria Public Works Director Michael Rogers talks about the road patching effort at hand. He is our guest for this Outside the Horse Shoe.  

Outside the Horseshoe - January 28, 2014

Jan 28, 2014

  Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis delivers the annual State of the City address in-full. This also includes the Mayor's introduction handled by Chris Waible, who is the Business Development Director at Dewberry.

Our thanks to the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to rebroadcast/podcast the speech.

   

Outside the Horseshoe - January 14, 2014

Jan 14, 2014

  The Peoria City Council starts the year with a number of business items on its standard meeting agenda for Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich is our guest to talk over a number of the agenda items.

Outside the Horseshoe - December 10, 2013

Dec 10, 2013

It’s the year-end review with the Peoria City Hall Press Corps. Our guests for the conversation are Peoria Journal Star City Reporter Nick Vlahos and 1470 WMBD Reporter Ed Hammond.

Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE that airs immediately before our live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meetings.  

 

Outside the Horseshoe - November 26, 2013

Nov 26, 2013

The Peoria City Council votes November 26, 2013 on whether to pursue its every 5-year buyout option of Illinois American Water Company. Six of the eleven council members are new to the process. That has some of the council members doing some due diligence of their own before the vote. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and At-Large councilman Chuck Weaver are our guests on Outside the Horseshoe to talk about the matters. 

Outside the Horseshoe - November 12, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

The Main and University Intersection in Peoria is one of the city’s busiest, and therefore most likely to be congested with both vehicles and pedestrians during the day.  The City is also looking to re-do the Main and University intersection this coming spring, with the aim to boost both traffic and safety.  City officials have also found quicker route options for those many, many vehicles that pass through the intersection daily.

Outside the Horseshoe - October 22, 2013

Oct 23, 2013

At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Jensen took her seat at the horseshoe in early September. The practicing attorney is  filling the remainder of Gary Sandberg's seat. 

Outside the Horseshoe - October 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich talk about the 2014 budget on Outside the Horseshoe.  The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting.

Outside the Horseshoe - September 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Recent gun violence in the city of Peoria has many voicing concern if not a little on edge. A double homicide last week that included the death of KieAmber Beard-who was pregnant-was accompanied by several gunshot wounds including a pizza delivery guy. And Beard’s cousin was shot to death in the front yard of her mother’s house during a family gathering in her honor. Police have made at least two arrests but are also targeting more patrols in the generally areas impacted by the violence. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard and Captain Mike Eddleman met with reporters yesterday to talk through some of the response efforts. We are using the press interview for this Outside The Horseshoe. 

Outside the Horseshoe - September 10, 2013

Sep 10, 2013

Peoria is hosting the 27th Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference September 19th through the 21st.  The conference brings more than 400 community leaders together to share neighborhood improvement strategies and it also includes community leaders from six Midwestern states.  Councilmembers Eric Turner and Ryan Spain are our guests to talk about the conference. The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting.

Outside The Horseshoe - August 27, 2013

Aug 27, 2013

This week's Outside the Horseshoe is a press interview with Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard. The chief is talking about the city's consideration of the Shotspotter Alert System.  

Outside The Horseshoe - August 13, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

  The Peoria City Council has an open at-large seat to fill with the death last month of Gary Sandberg. The need to fill the remainder of Sandberg’s seat comes at the same time city government is facing some allegations of policy misconduct in the police department. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is our guest to talk about these matters. That is this episode of OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE that airs immediately before our live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meetings.

Outside The Horseshoe - July 23, 2013

Jul 23, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The Peoria City Council meets for the first time Tuesday since the passing of At-Large Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  Tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE is to pay respects to the longest serving councilman at the horseshoe.  Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce speaks with the current members of the Peoria City Hall press corps, Jonny King of 1470 WMBD and Nick Vlahos of the Peoria Journal Star:

Outside The Horseshoe - July 9, 2013

Jul 10, 2013

  The Heart of Illinois United Way and Advanced Medical Transport have teamed up to provide a new comprehensive 2-1-1 information service. OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE takes a visit to see the new service in operation. 

Outside The Horseshoe - June 25, 2013

Jun 25, 2013
Weaver Ridge Golf Course / givingbackpeoria.org

  The Carver Community Center located in the Southern part of Peoria is schedule to re-open about a month. But some are concerned the center does not have a sustainable funding structure and the current Carver Community Center Board of Directors may not be in a position to achieve such a business structure. Peoria Chapter NAACP President Don Jackson talks about those concerns on this episode of OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE and the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings.   

Outside The Horseshoe - June 11, 2013

Jun 12, 2013

  This Outside the Horseshoe explores the Second District of the city while also getting reacquainted with it's newly seat councilman Chuck Grayeb. 

      

Outside the Horseshoe - May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

The Peoria City Council voted on creating a new Tax Increment Finance District in the southernmost part of the city during its City Council meeting. There were also a couple of public hearings and agenda items related to the other proposed TIF Districts. 

Outside The Horseshoe - May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013
Tom Hunt / WCBU

Road projects in the Northern and Southern parts of Peoria are the topic of tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE. Newly seated council members Denise Moore, and Casey Johnson join us for the show along with Interim Peoria Public Works Director Jeff Smith. The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE and the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings.

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