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.  

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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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Peoria Public Radio News
7:26 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Peoria Heights to vote on where medical marijuana facilities can locate

Peoria Heights leaders are working to establish rules for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers that may want to locate there.

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Storm Recovery
11:58 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

The work goes on to help Washington recover from the complete devistation left after the Sunday, November 17, 2013 tornado.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio

Access

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington update and East Peoria tornado damage assessment complete

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Weather condition may slow progress on the recovery efforts in Washington. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano has an update on the latest recovery and cleanup efforts following Sunday's tornado: 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Washington officials give update on tornado aftermath

Washington officials gave an update this morning for residents impacted by Sunday’s storms, and on the number of homes destroyed in the Tazewell County community. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano was there and has this report. 

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Tornado
5:21 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado

UPDATED

In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Tornado aftermath in Trails Edge subdivision, Washington.
Alex Rusciano

Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.

 

 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church

  

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Peoria airport adds new parking

The Peoria International Airport now has 350 new parking spaces. The Airport Authority demolished an old storage building to make room for the additional parking just west of the terminal building. Airport Director Gene Olson says the space will make parking easier for passengers as the holiday travel season ramps up. The new parking is in addition to 100 spaces the airport built last year.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Eureka College observes Berlin Wall anniversary

Political, military and academic officials observed the 24th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday at Eureka College.  Eureka has a section of the wall that fell, marking the end of the Cold War.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar was one of the guest speakers to mark the anniversary.  He says the Berlin Wall fell because both President Ronald Reagan and Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev were willing to compromise:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Summit of Hope event in Peoria

Credit Illinois Department of Corrections

About 800 people on parole and probation were invited to get help from the state Department of Corrections on re-entering society. The state DOC held one of its Summit of Hope events in Peoria Tuesday. The event lets those with convictions find ways to pursue higher education, get a job and become involved in community groups.

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