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
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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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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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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