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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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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Peoria Public Radio News
7:53 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Planning for Peoria's costly CSO fix

The US EPA is expected to require the City of Peoria to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in sewer improvements. But officials say it’s unclear exactly when the figure will be known.

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Government
8:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Peoria County looks to acquire land for Hanna City Trail

Peoria County is looking to start negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad to secure a recreational trail.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

ELM set for loan from Peoria County

Peoria County is poised to loan an environmental tech company $2.5 million to expand its footprint. ELM, LLC has more than 800 employees in 16 states.  It also makes air treatment systems for plants and builds large containers to ship natural gas.  Lee Graves is the CEO of ELM.  He says Peoria County’s loan will also help the company add to its workforce in addition to helping fund its product line:

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Government
5:32 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Negotiations to sell Peoria’s historic Madison Theater fail

The potential for re-development of the Madison Theater looks to be on hold. The owners of the Madison Theatre and NXG Development have elected to drop negotiations. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Collaberation working to increase fresh food access to Tri-County area

Officials in the Tri-County area are launching a regional food hub next year to help more people eat fresh produce. The Tri-County Fresh Food Hub has a facility in East Peoria and will work with farmers to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to people living in so-called ‘food deserts’.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Quinn and Rauner camps debate tax policy

Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate is criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s support for what Vallas says would be taxes on food and drugs. Paul Vallas says Rauner’s support for a consumption tax is unfair to middle and working class residents:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Peoria to get visit from national education-labor official

District 150 support staff are getting ready for a visit from the American Federation of Teachers. Loretta Johnson is the Secretary/Treasurer of the national group.  

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