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.  


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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Peoria Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Immigration Laws Limit Hiring

More needs to be done to change the public perception on immigration reform. That's the message from a panel of business, religious and government officials that met in Peoria Thursday. The group wants to see the U.S. House pass the immigration reform measures passed earlier in the Senate.

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7:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tazewell County aims to reduce teen drinking

The Tazewell Teen Initiative is hosting a Town Hall meeting at Tremont High School Tuesday night. The event runs from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 

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6:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Don't Shoot has third 'call in', plans new support group

13 men were the focus of the third Don’t Shoot Peoria call-in last night at the Main Street Public Library. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

It was part of the anti-violence program that has officials and community members tell offenders to put down their guns or face tough prosecution.

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6:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Traffic detour following water main break

There’s a traffic detour for Peoria drivers to get around the water main break. Starting early Tuesday afternoon, NON-truck traffic on southbound Route 29 in Peoria will take Jefferson Street to Van Buren, Adams Street and Hayward Streets, back to Jefferson Street. The portion of Adams Street from Hayward to Van Buren will be temporarily converted into two-way traffic separated by barrels during this time.

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