Daryl Scott

Operations Manager

Daryl Scott serves as Peoria Public Radio's Operations Manager and the local co-host of Morning Edition. While attending college at Western Illinois University he began working at NPR member station WIUM in Macomb, Illinois. After graduating he went to NPR member station, WNIN in Evansville, Indiana where he served as Morning Edition host, producer, and performed operations duties. He also hosted and produced a jazz program and did voice-over work for public television documentaries. Daryl joined the Peoria Public Radio staff in 2006 and enjoys being part of the greater Peoria community and making sure that Peoria Public Radio works smoothly behind the scenes.

When he's not behind an audio console or a computer, Daryl enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah and their hound dog, Mabel. He can usually be found working nights and weekends in the garage on one of his old cars, hunting for antiques, and playing with antique radios. 

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PIA Reopens After Security Breach

Feb 17, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria International Airport terminal is reopened.

The airport was closed this morning for commercial flights. Incoming airport traffic was also stopped and diverted at Dirksen Parkway.

A statement from Airport Director Gene Olson and staff around 5:00 a.m.:

Peoria Police Involved in Fatal Shooting

Feb 1, 2018
Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

A routine traffic stop resulted in a police chase that has left a Peoria Heights man dead and an officer wounded. Three Peoria Police Officers were involved in the fatal shooting, days after six officers were cleared in last September’s fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Jr.


UPDATE: Human Remains 'Consistent' With Missing Pekin Boy

Jul 24, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Update (12:30pm): Information gathered this morning from human remains is “consistent” with that of Robert Bee, the missing boy from Pekin.

But the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is quick to point out that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing confirms a match.

The Sheriff’s office says a forensic pathologist's examination this morning determined that based on the skeletal and dental remains, it could be Robert Bee.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, are continuing the investigation.

This story is developing. Continue to check back for updates.


The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are working to identify skeletal remains found Monday afternoon in South Pekin. 

Paris police say an unidentified assailant has attacked a police officer near the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the officer then shot and wounded the attacker, who is now hospitalized. A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer who was patrolling on the esplanade in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Michel said the attacker was "neutralized" by police. It is unclear whether the attacker was acting alone. The Following breaking news coverage is courtesy of the BBC. We'll continue to follow this developing story from Paris throughout the day, and later tonight on the BBC at 10pm.

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The National Weather Service, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local EMA/ESDA officials will participate in a statewide tornado drill today at 10 A.M.. Today's test will be conducted in all Illinois counties, and will be relayed on NOAA weather radio, and on many commercial and non-commercial TV and radio stations, including WCBU.

The agencies involved in today's test recommend the public use the event to carry out a practice tornado drill at your home, work, or school, or any location where people gather. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

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12:00 P.M.- Tazewell County officials report the 911 system is back online. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency. 

9:00 AM - Due to a technical problem, the Tazewell and Mason county 911 phone systems are temporarily out of service. For emergencies, officials are asking the public to call the alternate landline numbers for any medical, fire, or police emergency until further notice. An estimated time for repairs was not available this morning, but according to Mason County officials, the issue lies with landline service provider CenturyLink.  

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nomination for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. WCBU will offer live NPR News coverage of the announcement, along with analysis from NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and others. Join Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro for live coverage of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick tonight at 7 on WCBU, Peoria Public Radio. 

Goodbye 2016 Playlist: WCBU Toasts the Listeners

Dec 31, 2016

Join your local Morning Edition team, Cass and Daryl, as they countdown their favorite tunes from 2016. 


  1. “Heading North” – Way Down Wanderers
  2. “Daddy Lessons” – Beyonce
  3. “You want it darker” – Leonard Cohen
  4. “I Would Die For You” – Prince
  5.  “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Making Movies
  6.  “Celestial Levels” – Machinedrum
  7.  “Same Old Lie” – Jim James
  8.  “It’s alright” – John Batiste
  9. “Star Crossed Lovers” – Pepper Adams
  10.  “Guns and Ships” – Hamilton

After Christmas festivities are over and the presents are all unwrapped, the next task is figuring out how to dispose of the Christmas tree before the cats knock it over again. Thankfully, WCBU has compiled a handy list of tips for tree pickup and recycling for local residents. If you'd like to add additional programs to our list, please email us. Thank you!

BREAKING: A major explosion in Canton this evening on the square left one person dead, others injured and caused massive damage to multiple businesses. More than 500 residents in the area are without power. Natural gas has been cut off to the community until further notice. The public is asked to avoid the area as a precaution while Emergency Management and clean-up crews work to secure the site.

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A man armed with a semi-automatic rifle held up a Circle K store in Peoria Wed.

The suspect emptied the cash drawer and fled the scene. The robbery took place around noon at the station, located at the intersection of Knoxville and Lake Ave.

Peoria police are still searching for the suspect, described as a man in his 20s. He was wearing all black with a gray handkerchief around his face during the time of the incident, according to police scanner traffic.

City of Peoria

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers is leaving Peoria to take a new position in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Rogers will fill a newly-created position of Transportation Director. His last day in Peoria is August 26th.

In a statement, Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich thanked Rogers for his years of service. Rogers has served as Public WorkS Director since 2013.  A replacement has not yet been named.


The Peoria City Council overwhelming approved salary increases for the mayor, city treasurer and city clerk.

The raises are roughly two percent annually over the next four years, at which time the mayor will make about $58,000, the treasurer $123,000 and the clerk nearly $119,000.

In addition, the city manager received a $6,000 increase, making his salary to $188,000 a year plus benefits.

The agency charged with investigating the use of force by Chicago police never obtained a key video showing the moments leading up to a fatal 2011 shooting. Illinois Public Radio’s Patrick Smith reports.

When Chicago police officers pulled over Darius Pinex in January 2011, the dashcam in their CPD Chevy Tahoe was rolling.

The officers shot and killed Pinex during that traffic stop.

This week's episode of Out and About takes us to the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra and Peoria Area Civic Chorale's concert titled "Swing Into Spring". Nathan and Jenn talk with Carl Anderson about the collaborative effort to bring a little boogie-woogie to central Illinois. 

The "Swing Into Spring" concert runs at the Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday May 8 at 3:00 P.M.. 


Suspicious Package Grounds PIA Flights

Mar 31, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Updated at 12:00 PM

The Peoria International Airport was on heightened alert Thursday morning, after TSA officials found a suspicious package, before 7am.  

A TSA screener x-ray showed what appeared to be three sticks of dynamite and a mason jar filled with liquid, in an unmarked checked bag, the Peoria County Sheriff said.

The sticks were actually dog toys that belong to 38 year-old Michelle Davidson who reports using them in security training.  

Sarah Scott

Road trips are common today among young, single women -- but not so in the 1930s. At that time, camping trips and cross-country travel were exclusive to men. But in 1934 a young beautician from Bradford, Illinois wasn’t about to take no for an answer. She and her friends set out for a summer road trip in a Model-T they affectionately called “The Silver Streak.” Peoria Public Radio’s Daryl Scott visited the car that’s on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and shares some of the story of the so-called “Bradford Model T Girls.”


Gary Richrath, lead guitarist for the band REO Speedwagon has died. According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, the band says it shares in the grief of Richrath’s family, friends, and fans. The East Peoria native joined the band in 1971 and left in 1989. He recorded 12 albums and wrote the 1980 hit "Take It On The Run”.

Gary Richrath was 65.


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Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker died early Wednesday morning in California. He was 92.  Walker, the state's 36th governor, served for one term from 1973 to 1977. In the run-up to office Walker made news by walking some 1,100 miles across Illinois. He narrowly defeated then-Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon in the Democratic primary. 

Walker's political career had wrapped up by 1987 when he pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges, and later spent time in federal prison for illegal activities after leaving office.  

Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre kicks off their 96th season of shows with the powerful musical "Ragtime". While the show takes place in the early 1900’s, many of the complex social issues raised in the production…still resonate today. Stan Strickler has this review for the Live Theatre League of Peoria. 

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League. 

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

Nov 22, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio


City of Pekin GIS

New images gathered by the City of Pekin using satellite imagery shows the full scale of destruction as viewed from space. The city's GIS data from before and after the storm, was referenced and compiled using ESRI software to reveal the path of destruction that Sunday's EF-4 in Washington took. The EF-2 tornado damage in Pekin, and East Peoria is also displayed in the website.  The large footprint of the damage is immediately evident, as is the debris field just outside of the areas in the nearby farm fields.

By selecting "bookmarks" on the upper right-hand side of the web page, users can also view additional overlays of satellite images.

Below is a LIVE web stream of the Central Illinois Tornado Relief Telethon from WTVP Public Media. Click on the links to watch the stream.

Updated Storm Relief Information

Nov 19, 2013
State Farm


Storm Relief Information  

Sarah Scott

Ameren officials have activated their emergency operations center following the severe weather that ravaged portions of central Illinois Sunday, rendering some 140,000 residents powerless at the peak of the storms.  Utility crews have focused on the cities of Washington, Pekin, Bloomington and as far east as Danville after the tornados and high winds damaged service lines. At 10:00pm Sunday, roughly 42,000 residents in Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria and McLean counties remain without electricity, while additional dangers exist for those customers with damaged homes and businesses.

Police Extend Curfew Following Tornado

Nov 17, 2013


In the aftermath of Sunday's tornadoes, the City of Pekin will once again enforce a  9pm to 6am curfew for areas on Sheridan from 2nd  to 8th street, including areas north between those streets to Lakeside. Pekin Police will continue to heavily patrol all damaged areas. Residents are encouraged to call the following numbers if they need assistance, or are wanting to volunteer. This is a hotline that went live Thursday set up by the Emergency Operations Center.

Homeowners (needing assistance) 309-698-5001

Volunteers 309-698-5002

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Nov 17, 2013
Alex Rusciano

Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.


 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church