Alex Rusciano

News Producer

Alex Rusciano has been WCBU’s news producer and reporter since 2010.  His beats include covering Peoria Public Schools, Peoria County government and the City of East Peoria. He also covers general community matters as they arise. Alex graduated from Michigan State University, with a major in Journalism. Alex lives in Peoria, and enjoys hiking, running and travel.  

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Crime
7:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Arrests, car accident follow Peoria police incident response

Peoria Police Officers responded to a physical altercation on Garden Street in South Peoria Thursday hours after regional leaders talked state cuts.  Officers made several arrests in the incident that also led to an officer-involved car accident. Peoria Police shift commander Jared Ginglen says police services could hurt if state budget woes are passed onto the city:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

UFS brings groceries to Peoria's south side

Credit Alex Rusciano

The first district is no longer a food desert thanks to an established warehouse store.  UFS added a grocery section to their Southwest Adams location.  

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Government
4:24 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Darin LaHood running for Schock’s seat

State Senator Darin LaHood is officially running to replace outgoing Congressman Aaron Schock in the 18th District.  Schock resigns at the end of the month following questions surrounding taxpayer spending and donor relationships.  State Representative Mike Unes is also considering a run for Congress during a special election later this year.  State Senator Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, has expressed interest. Other possibilities include former State Representative Jil Tracy of Quincy, who left her seat for an unsuccessful bid as lieutenant governor last year.  Reports are that state senator Bill Brady is NOT going to run for Schock’s seat.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Schock Resigns: "I do this with a heavy heart"

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock says he’s resigning March 31st following weeks of intense press scrutiny. The news comes after questions surrounding Schock’s travel expenses and relationships with donors:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Caterpillar announces it's staying in Peoria

An aerial view of Caterpillar's future headquarters.
Credit Caterpillar

The world’s largest heavy equipment maker announced plans to build a 31-acre campus in downtown Peoria.  The news comes after Caterpillar considered building options for two-and-a-half years.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Schock's DC staffer resigns after racist comments

A top spokesman for U.S. Representative Aaron Schock has resigned.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:37 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Medical marijuana business applications awarded

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office is out with the list of medical marijuana applicants that have been awarded permits. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:28 am
Mon January 19, 2015

LISC looking to help fix up area football fields

The group working to revitalize Peoria’s struggling neighborhoods hopes to help school districts or community groups improve their football fields. Peoria’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, is partnering with the NFL Foundation to award up to 200-thousand-dollars in matching grants to fix-up football fields in rough condition. Area school districts and non-profit groups need to submit proposals for the funds by the end of March.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dynegy says it plans to reduce emissions at Edwards Plant

Credit Bloomberg.com

The coal-fired power plant near Bartonville is working with the state EPA to to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions according to parent company officials. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Peoria County health initiative to tackle obesity rate

Credit ers.usda.gov

A new three-year health initiative is launching in Peoria. The goal is to reduce obesity rates in targeted areas with after-school nutrition classes. Health Board member Sharon Williams says the initiative also offers tips on budgeting for healthy food:

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