Tanya Koonce

News Director

Tanya Koonce is the News Director at Peoria Public Radio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.  Tanya started her news career in TV, managed two political campaigns after college, worked in state government and did some state association work before going back to school.  Post master’s degree, she’s worked in commercial radio and operated her own freelance agency before taking a reporter position at WCBU in 2001, and becoming news director in 2008. She’s currently serving as the Treasurer of the Illinois News Broadcaster’s Association, lives in Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.   

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Community
4:10 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

600 people become new citizens in Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce

Bradley University hosted the state’s largest naturalization ceremony of the year. About 2,000 people gathered at the Renaissance Coliseum for the ceremony. Paul Phillips is a Supervisory Immigration Services Officer out of Chicago. He says typically there are quarterly naturalization ceremonies.  

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Crime
7:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Arrests, car accident follow Peoria police incident response

Peoria Police Officers responded to a physical altercation on Garden Street in South Peoria Thursday hours after regional leaders talked state cuts.  Officers made several arrests in the incident that also led to an officer-involved car accident. Peoria Police shift commander Jared Ginglen says police services could hurt if state budget woes are passed onto the city:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Pekin City Council candidates and mayoral candidates sound off at forum

On April 2, 2015, 10 of the 11 Pekin City Council candidates and the three people running for mayor participated in a forum. The council candidates took the firsts round. The mayoral  participated in the second round of the forum.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Schock Resigns: "I do this with a heavy heart"

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock says he’s resigning March 31st following weeks of intense press scrutiny. The news comes after questions surrounding Schock’s travel expenses and relationships with donors:

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Government
5:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Schock, under scrutiny, defends another travel expense

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock spent more than $10,000 in taxpayer funds for at least 10 staff members to accompany him to New York City. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:43 am
Fri February 20, 2015

419th out of Bartonville deploying to Kuwait

419th Movement Control Battalion
Credit Facebook.com

Army Reserve Soldiers of the 419th Movement Control Battalion based in Bartonville are preparing to deploy to Kuwait. Congressman Aaron Schock is speaking at the deployment ceremony Friday at the Bartonville American Legion Post. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:16 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Il Youth Survey results released Wednesday

The annual Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Breakfast unveils the Illinois Youth Survey results Wednesday. The survey conducted by the University of Illinois, included 4-thousand students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Quest Charter ending contract with Concept Schools

Peoria District 150 has reached an agreement with Quest Charter Academy. The district's only charter school is five years old.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

District 150 still looking to unload Washington School building

Peoria District 150 School board, the City of Peoria and the Moss Bradley Neighborhood Association are going back to the drawing board when it comes to finding a new purpose for the retired, historic Washington School building.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:14 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Metamora Courthouse opening Lincoln exhibit

The Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site is opening a new Lincoln Exhibit. The purpose is to explore the ways Lincoln’s image has been used over the last 150 years.

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