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
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

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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

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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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