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
6:18 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Proctor Hospital will no longer transfer its services to OSF

OSF HealthCare System will not take over Proctor Hospital’s five First Care Centers and primary physician sites.  OSF Spokesman Jim Farrell says talks to transfer services from Proctor Hospital to OSF HealthCare System ended without agreement.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Community remembers Gary Sandberg

The late Gary Sandberg's Harley Davison motorcycle sits in the pavilion area of the Gateway Building. His license plate reads “ATLRG2”
Credit Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio

A steady flow of people came and went from the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront Friday for the life remembrance for Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Galesburg officials talk economic struggles, successes during Obama visit

Galesburg city leaders say the community was a fitting stop for President Obama to kick-off his new economic focus. The city was the first location in a series of speeches for the President to sell his vision for a thriving economy. Gary Camarano is Galesburg’s Global Strategies Director. He says the city economy was rough in 2004 when Maytag closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

President Obama in Galesburg

Credit NPR

President Barack Obama is speaking in Galesburg today to talk about economic recovery. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the president is making his remarks at Knox College.

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Peoria Councilman Gary Sandberg found dead in home

The body found in the home of Gary Sandberg is believed to be that of the at-large city councilman.  Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says good friends went to Sandberg’s home at 1213 South West Adams Street this afternoon to check on him. They called 911 about 2:15, saying they had found a man deceased. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Peoria County residents may get to vote on consolidating election commissions

Legislation passed in Springfield clears the way for Peoria County to have a single election commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the election reform bill allows the County to ask voters if they want a combined commission:

Currently the City of Peoria runs election services within its borders, and part of the County Clerk’s Office runs the rest of Peoria County services. Tom Bride is executive director of the Peoria City Election Commission. He says a combined service means more efficiency for voters:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:03 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Peoria County Board to vote on expanding employee health care coverage

Peoria County is preparing to expand its employee health plan coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act.  New regulations require the county to cover the cost for mammograms, colonoscopies and immunizations as much as 100-percent.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Peoria County proposes new animal control contract

Peoria County is asking municipalities to sign onto a three year contract for animal control services. The current contracts with 14 Peoria County communities expire at the end of the year.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Park District rejects proposed plans for redeveloping Peoria Stadium

The Peoria Park District took a firm stand AGAINST commercial re-development at the Peoria Stadium site.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the Park District Board instead is looking to buy some of the historic property:

The Park District has a long term lease with School District 150 to use some of the land next to the Stadium for athletic fields.  Park District Board president Tim Cassidy says they’re interested in talking with District 150 to see if they can own some of the property in an effort to keep the site green.  Cassidy says that move would raise new questions, like what the price would be and where funding would come from:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Care and Treatment Board will not get state funding for early intervention program

A Peoria County board that helps people with disabilities will no longer receive state funding for an early childhood intervention program.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports that affects 16 employees with the Care and Treatment Board:

That's nearly all of the employees at the Care and Treatment Board.  The state is instead awarding the $875,000 grant to Peoria Easter Seals.  County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says that means the Care and Treatment Board will instead focus on different programs with other pass through funding it gets every year:

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