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 and a minor in Arabic Language. Alex lives in Peoria, is an amateur beekeeper and enjoys hiking, running and travel.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
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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Peoria Public Radio News
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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Peoria Public Radio News
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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Peoria Public Radio News
6:47 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Peoria Planning Commission approves land use changes for sports complex

North Peoria residents continue to speak out against the proposed Louisville Slugger Sports Complex off route 91. Residents in the neighboring Timberbrook Subdivision voiced concern about increased noise and light if the dome and 10-baseball diamonds are built. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Michael Eric Dyson speaks at annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Credit Wikipedia

A nationally known author and sociology professor returned to Peoria Monday to speak about the legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Reduced property assessments for Tazewell County following Nov. tornado

Tazewell County residents affected by the November 17th tornado will likely pay property taxes on lower assessed values this year.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:07 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Peoria police report 2013 crime stats

The City of Peoria saw a 60-percent increase in murders last year compared to 2012. Six more people were killed last year compared to the year before. But the latest numbers show a 15-percent drop in violent crime and a 12-percent decline in property crime.

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State News
7:47 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Speed limit increasing on interstate highways, with some exceptions

The speed limit on most interstate highways in Illinois is increasing to 70 miles per hour starting this month. But there are some exceptions. The speed limit is, for example, still 65 mph on Interstate 74 through Peoria and for a portion of I-55 around Springfield.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:25 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Tazewell County reports damage assessments for local governments

Credit Alex Rusciano

Communities in Tazewell County have sent in their cost estimates for clean-up following last month’s E-F4 tornado. Officials say the state needs to submit nearly 18-million-dollars in costs for local municipalities to get federal help in paying for recovery. There was some initial concern communities would not meet that guideline. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Red Cross shifting focus in recovery efforts following November tornadoes

Credit Redcross.org

The Red Cross says it's expanding its focus for recovery efforts in Central Illinois following last month's devastating tornadoes. Red Cross Communications Director Erin Miller says the initial focus following the storm damage was for getting victims food, water and shelter. 

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