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 West Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cat reports first quarter results for 2014

Caterpillar is reporting profits in the face of flat sales for the first quarter of 2014. The company’s profit per share was a $1.61 excluding restructuring costs. It’s a thirty cent increase from the same time last year. Sales and revenues were just more than 13-point-two-billion dollars.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Peoria County courts to allow news cameras and microphones

The Illinois Supreme Court Friday named Peoria County the 36th in the state to allow news cameras and microphones in the court room. The Illinois Supreme Court launched the pilot project in 2012. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Peoria wants the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places

The City of Peoria is aiming to have the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places. The boundaries of Peoria’s proposed National Registry District would overlay the existing enterprise and redevelopment zones. It would also provide state and federal historic tax credits to certain buildings in the part of Peoria rich with Century-old Warehouses. The historic tax credits would be available for buildings appropriately adapted for various public purposes.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:17 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Cat reports 4th quarter and full year results

Caterpillar’s sales and revenues for 2013 were down about $10 billion. The company reported sales of just more than $55.6 for last year. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:55 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How to dispose of Christmas trees

Those needing to dispose of real Christmas Trees have a couple of options. Peoria, East Peoria and West Peoria residents can place their trees out with their trash on regular garbage collection day. Large trees should be cut in half or quartered to a manageable size.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:11 am
Mon December 16, 2013

CityLink deciding on Sunday service

CityLink is looking for public input on whether Sunday service should be added to the standard schedule. The Greater Peoria Area Mass Transit District currently runs a fixed bus route service six days a week. The Saturday schedule is slightly different.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

PRM to hold Community History Day

History is expected to come alive Saturday at a day-long Peoria Riverfront Museum event. The facility is partnering with the Peoria Historical Society and WTVP to offer a community history day. Visitors to the museum will get to see Civil War displays, re-enactors, lecturers, and musicians.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Summit of Hope event in Peoria

Credit Illinois Department of Corrections

About 800 people on parole and probation were invited to get help from the state Department of Corrections on re-entering society. The state DOC held one of its Summit of Hope events in Peoria Tuesday. The event lets those with convictions find ways to pursue higher education, get a job and become involved in community groups.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Abducted Peoria woman dead in a murder suicide effort

The Peoria Police Tactical Unit sitting near the intersection of Green and Perry during the standoff at 703 NE Monroe in Peoria Tuesday.
Tanya Koonce WCBU

 The 28-year-old woman who was allegedly abducted from work by her estranged husband in Pekin Monday was found dead yesterday in her car parked in the OSF St Francis deck. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports her husband shot himself after about nine hours with Peoria Police. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Main and University intersection changes could take place this year

The Main and University intersection in Peoria could see initial redesign changes by the end of the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports a water-main break last month created an opportunity:

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers says the options he’s recommending includes raising the intersection about six inches: think expanded speed bump, on-street parking that secures expanded sidewalk bump outs at the corners, and diagonal pedestrian crossings:

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