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
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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Peoria Public Radio News
10:12 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Cat gets recognition for Hurricane Sandy clean up efforts

Caterpillar has won a national award for its efforts during the Hurricane Sandy recovery.  Congressman Aaron Schock announced that that company received the honor from the Defense Logistics Agency.  Cat received the award for providing generators and accessories during the relief efforts.   

Government
5:12 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Tri-County board to discuss search committee for new director

The Tri-County regional Planning Commission is set to discuss creating a special search committee for a new executive director.  The agenda for the full commission meeting also says the body will talk about revisions to its personnel handbook.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Friendship House gets ready for Stuff a Bus campaign

The Peoria Friendship House is getting ready to begin its annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign to collect food for its pantry. The not-for-profit held a kick-off luncheon Wednesday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:18 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Metamora man sentenced to prison for mail fraud and filing a false tax return

A Peoria-area gas station owner was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Tony Nijher of Metamora was sentenced to 45-months in prison to one count of mail fraud and 36 months for filing a false return. Judge James Shadid ordered Nijher to also pay more than 700-thousand-dollars in restitution. The 51-year-old filed false tax returns for gas stations in Peoria Heights and Washington.    

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