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
7:13 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Townhall mtg to address redistricting

 

Area residents can share feedback on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way political districts are drawn. Lawmakers currently draw the lines. But grassroots groups “Change Illinois!” and “Reboot Illinois” propose creating an independent commission to fill the role.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:05 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Memorial Day events for Monday

Area groups are holding several events to honor past and present service members today. Peoria Navy Club, Ship 34, will hold services at Veteran’s Plaza at Riverfront Park at 10. The City of Peoria holds its annual Ceremony at the Gateway building at 10:30. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 26-02, will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Peoria Memorial Association Monument at Springdale Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. The American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Monument on McKinley Street at 11.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Tazewell County: zero tolerance on repeat felony DUI

  Tazewell County is targeting repeat D-U-I offenders. State’s Attorney Stu Umholtz says his office is permanently implementing the so-called “No-Refusal” protocol for felony DUI offenders as well as those with aggravating factors at the time of the stop. Umholtz says DUI offenders remain a serious threat to public safety, and repeat offenders have learned to refuse testing, thwarting evidence to prosecute.

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Police
12:42 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Peoria County Deputies remembered

Credit Alex Rusciano / WCBU

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office held its annual memorial service for fallen officers.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

The ceremony remembered four officers killed in the line of duty, including Deputy James Mulay ten years ago.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the ceremony also highlights the latest challenges for area law enforcement:

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Caterpillar
6:54 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Caterpillar forming new group

Caterpillar is forming a new group to boost the efficiency of its world-wide manufacturing and supply chains.  The company says the Caterpillar Enterprise System Group will combine multiple divisions to improve the customer order-to-delivery system. Dave Bozeman will lead the new division. He’s been the Vice President with responsibility for the integrated Manufacturing Division.     

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Peoria County
10:47 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Peoria City, County look to digital data storage

Peoria County could help the City of Peoria back-up its storage for emergency data.  A proposal from the Metro Peoria committee would use a shared city-county fiber-optic cable to create an offsite backup location.  Tom Seckler is with Peoria County’s IT department.  He says disk-storage has advantages over traditionally backing up data on tapes:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:22 am
Mon April 1, 2013

College prep focus of District 150 pilot program

Peoria School District 150 is touting a pilot program to help parents and high school students prepare for college.  

Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

The College Bound Peoria program launched last fall and now has 20 students and 28 parents. The program gives parents financial information, shares tips on how to save for college and takes students on tours of state and private schools in the Mid-West. York Powers is the District 150 Family and Community coordinator. He says the program’s goal is to help students adapt to an ever-changing academic environment:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:45 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Pekin continues talks for proposed garbage fee

The Pekin City Council is considering a garbage free to plug a nearly $2 million annual deficit in the city waste department. 

Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

City staff are proposing a 12-dollar fee per household to pay for garbage, yard waste and recycling pick-up. They say the fee would plug a $1.9 million annual hole in the city waste department. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says she supports the garbage fee:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:45 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Pekin continues talks for proposed garbage fee

The Pekin City Council is considering a garbage free to plug a nearly $2 million annual deficit in the city waste department. 

Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

City staff are proposing a 12-dollar fee per household to pay for garbage, yard waste and recycling pick-up. They say the fee would plug a $1.9 million annual hole in the city waste department. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says she supports the garbage fee:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Peoria LISC aims for $11 million grant

Peoria’s Local Initiative Support Corporation, or LISC, is applying for a nearly $11 million grant. 

LISC set up in Peoria last year. It works with non-profits, governments and community groups to rejuvenate struggling neighborhoods. To that end, the national non-profit organization applied for a multi-million-dollar grant from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Brandon Holmes is the executive director of Peoria’s LISC office.  He says the grant would help pay for re-development efforts in the East Bluff:

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