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
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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Peoria Public Radio News
6:13 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Il Manufacturing Extension Center in Peoria receives federal money

The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center in Peoria is getting federal funding to help make small and mid-sized manufacturing firms more competitive. More than 700-thousand-dollars is coming from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The goal is to help the Peoria Center create jobs and boost profits for area manufacturers.  U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the funding.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:16 am
Mon September 23, 2013

East Peoria talks housing, signage for new downtown

East Peoria is looking to add residential development to its new downtown Levee District.  The City Council last week discussed possible ways to enhance the new public and commercial area.  City Planning Director Ty Livingston says adding residential space would help draw more interest in the Levee District:

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Peoria on Faith
6:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Lilly Ledbetter to speak at BU

A well-known women’s rights activist is speaking at Bradley University Tuesday to talk about her fight for equal pay.  Lilly Ledbetter is speaking at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  Her pay-discrimination case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.  The event is free and open to the public. 

State News
7:22 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Bradley University among top Midwestern universities

Bradley University was named the fifth top university in the Midwest according to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings.  The University’s College of Engineering and Technology is again listed among the best undergraduate engineering programs.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:24 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria ranks 12th for global trade

Peoria is ranked among the top cities for global trade. The city is ranked 12th by Global Trade Magazine. It says Peoria’s businesses continue to do well despite a sputtering economy, shipping 17-billion-dollars worth of goods last year. The magazine says that’s in part to the city’s low corporate real estate taxes and growth of new businesses. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Peoria County Board may vote to stop using county's health plan

The Peoria County Board will consider taking all board members off of the county’s health plan starting in 2014.  The resolution approved in committee would end the plan.  Currently only two board members out of 18 use the county’s health benefits.  That costs the County about 24-thousand-dollars annually. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Index shows economic dip for region

The Pekin-Peoria economy slowed further in the 2nd quarter of the year. A measurement of 14 key economic factors shows the slower economic growth. 

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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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