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
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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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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