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.  


6:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Peoria Police ID suspect in recent homicide

Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a murder of a 25-year-old South Side resident earlier this month.  They say 22-year-old Darren D. Brown is wanted for first degree murder in the shooting death of Nikko Smith.  He's 165 lbs, six-foot with black hair and brown eyes. Earlier in the week police said that the latest string of homicides did not appear to be gang-related. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

The Peoria Riverfront gets a temporary flood wall

The Rapid Instalation Barrie being constructed near the Spirit of Peoria at the Illinois River's edge.
Alex Rusciano Peoria Public Radio

The City of Peoria Public Works Department is preparing a 2000 foot temporary flood wall along the river’s edge. The Rapid Installation Barrier System is a four foot wall that will cover roughly from the Riverfront Market area down to the Gateway Building.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:15 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Boy found after being swept away yesterday

Two Peoria Police walk the drainage culvert where Demarcus Jackson is thought to have been swept away Sunday by an strong current in high water brought on by the flash flooding conditions from Sunday's storm.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

The 15-year old Peoria boy swept away in a rain-swollen creek yesterday has been found. 

Demarcus Jackson was transported to OSF Medical Center in Peoria. Police say Demarcus Jackson was swimming in the creek Sunday afternoon when he was pulled downstream by a strong current. His brother and friend were able to escape the creek. Efforts to find the boy were suspended Sunday night because of high water levels combined with the current. Peoria police said then the search would resume once the creek was safer for firefighters.  But Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says Jackson was found about 7:30 this morning: 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Sculpture Walk Peoria debuts

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria officially debuts tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 3:00p.m. The event is sponsored by Arts Partners and includes 15 mobile pieces of art in the warehouse district. The pieces will be changed out each year.

Peoria Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Math and science teachers getting in-depth summer courses

A three-year grant will pay for in-depth science and math training for more than 100 regional school teachers this summer. 

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State News
6:32 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Weather Alert Radios Save Lives contest to give away 100 radios

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is awarding 100 weather alert radios as part of a contest to promote safety.  

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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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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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