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
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. 

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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Peoria Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

BU launches Friedan tribute website

Betty Friedan

Bradley University’s website now has a page that honors Betty Friedan.  The University and the Betty Friedan Tribute Committee launched the Tribute page.  It honors the Peoria native and leading figure in the Women’s Rights movement.  People can visit the page at  The University says the launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of Friedan’s book ‘The Feminine Mystique.’  The website will be updated regularly with the latest scholarship and news about Friedan.

4:03 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Springfield's bishop reacts to papal announcement

Pope Benedict XVI greets Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield during a Feb. 9, 2012
Credit Catholic Times

In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation, Springfield’s Bishop says the next pope should be a "thinker" who can reach out to other religions and non-believers.  Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says Benedict excelled at that.Paprocki says he’s not surprised Benedict stepped down, given what he calls the pope’s declining health and advanced age. Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope in 2005, one of the oldest in history.  Paprocki says he expects the next pope will be younger.

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