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.  


Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Pekin police issue statement on Thomas Anthony arrest

55-year old Thomas Anthony

The Pekin Police Department is responding to questions surrounding the arrest of Thomas Anthony. Initial reports say the 55-year-old allegedly attempted to lure and abduct a child at a Hardees in Pekin. Anthony was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:02 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health and Wellness Fair in Peoria Tuesday

A health and wellness fair is being held Tuesday from four to six at the Neighborhood House in Peoria.  The “Let’s Get Healthy” block party is a free event for Peoria and Tazewell County residents at 1020 South Matthew Street.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Full-service schools could benefit from legislative proposal

Congressman Aaron Schock introduced legislation that boosts competitive grant funding for full-service community schools. Schock is a co-sponsor of the Full-Service Community Schools Act. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State unemployment rate drops while Peoria jobs decline

The unemployment rate in June fell in every metro area in the state for the third month in a row.

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5:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder

Nathan Leuthold and his defense Attorney Hugh Toner at his trial for his wife's murder.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

It took the jury about 90 minutes to convict Nathan Leuthold for the murder of his wife Denise. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the missionary was found guilty of first degree murder.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Testimony continues in Nathan Leuthold trial

Aina Dobilaite is on the stand. She's being questioned by Defense Attorney Hugh Toner. Nathan Leuthold is sitting at the fist table. Peoria County Assistant State's Attorney Jodi Hoos and State's Attorney Jerry Brady are at the table closest to the bench where Judge Kevin Lyons is presiding.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Day three in the Nathan Leuthold murder trial saw testimony from 20-year-old Lithuanian student Aina Dobilaite. She was the woman who Nathan Leuthold allegedly was having an affair with before his wife was killed last year. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Sterling Middle School to offer International Baccalaureate program

A District 150 middle school will offer an International Baccalaureate program to students starting this fall.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

ACLU suing the City of Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria for police actions surrounding a controversial Twitter parody  account. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The suit says the City violated 29 year-old Jon Daniel’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. Daniel is the creator of the At-Peoria-Mayor account. He says its wrong that police searched his home in April, detained him and his roommates and seized all electronics to find the author of the Twitter account that had already been suspended.“My hope it he federal court will make clear that government officials can not use the power of police to threaten, intimidate and punish simply because they dislike or are offended by being the joke of a parody.”

Daniel says he’s never met the mayor and is not politically active. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:22 am
Wed April 30, 2014

A new Peoria community group with anti-violence message

Newly formed citizens group Peoria Community Against Violence met for the first time Tuesday at the downtown Peoria library. The new volunteer group is part of the city’s Don’t Shoot anti-violence program. 

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7:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Train Derailment in northern Peoria County

Train derailment south of Laura Illinois
Credit Alex Rusciano



A train derailment in northern Peoria County left more than 40 rail cars off the tracks but no injuries. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was heading west near the community of Laura, Illinois. The incident came as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. Andy Williams is a spokesman with BNSF. He says no roadways were blocked by the train, and crews are working to clear the two rail lines:

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