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.  


Peoria Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

ACLU suing the City of Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria for police actions surrounding a controversial Twitter parody  account. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The suit says the City violated 29 year-old Jon Daniel’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. Daniel is the creator of the At-Peoria-Mayor account. He says its wrong that police searched his home in April, detained him and his roommates and seized all electronics to find the author of the Twitter account that had already been suspended.“My hope it he federal court will make clear that government officials can not use the power of police to threaten, intimidate and punish simply because they dislike or are offended by being the joke of a parody.”

Daniel says he’s never met the mayor and is not politically active. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:22 am
Wed April 30, 2014

A new Peoria community group with anti-violence message

Newly formed citizens group Peoria Community Against Violence met for the first time Tuesday at the downtown Peoria library. The new volunteer group is part of the city’s Don’t Shoot anti-violence program. 

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7:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Train Derailment in northern Peoria County

Train derailment south of Laura Illinois
Credit Alex Rusciano



A train derailment in northern Peoria County left more than 40 rail cars off the tracks but no injuries. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was heading west near the community of Laura, Illinois. The incident came as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. Andy Williams is a spokesman with BNSF. He says no roadways were blocked by the train, and crews are working to clear the two rail lines:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Immigration Laws Limit Hiring

More needs to be done to change the public perception on immigration reform. That's the message from a panel of business, religious and government officials that met in Peoria Thursday. The group wants to see the U.S. House pass the immigration reform measures passed earlier in the Senate.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tazewell County aims to reduce teen drinking

The Tazewell Teen Initiative is hosting a Town Hall meeting at Tremont High School Tuesday night. The event runs from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Don't Shoot has third 'call in', plans new support group

13 men were the focus of the third Don’t Shoot Peoria call-in last night at the Main Street Public Library. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

It was part of the anti-violence program that has officials and community members tell offenders to put down their guns or face tough prosecution.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Traffic detour following water main break

There’s a traffic detour for Peoria drivers to get around the water main break. Starting early Tuesday afternoon, NON-truck traffic on southbound Route 29 in Peoria will take Jefferson Street to Van Buren, Adams Street and Hayward Streets, back to Jefferson Street. The portion of Adams Street from Hayward to Van Buren will be temporarily converted into two-way traffic separated by barrels during this time.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:47 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Peoria Planning Commission approves land use changes for sports complex

North Peoria residents continue to speak out against the proposed Louisville Slugger Sports Complex off route 91. Residents in the neighboring Timberbrook Subdivision voiced concern about increased noise and light if the dome and 10-baseball diamonds are built. 

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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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