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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Peoria Public Radio News
7:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Heart of Il United Way campaign kicks off

The annual Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign is underway. Bernie and Teresa Koch are chairing this year’s fundraising efforts. 36 businesses and organizations that participated in the summer pacesetter campaign already raised one-point-one-million-dollars.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Downtown Peoria road projects nearing completion

Peoria’s Washington Street and Warehouse District projects are nearing completion. Washington Street is still on schedule to be fully complete by Halloween, and is already open to traffic.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Peoria City Council considering how to handle video gambling cafes

The City of Peoria is considering how to handle video gambling cafes. The council's policy session on the subject came about three hours into last night's meeting.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:47 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Local Law Enforcement Begins Late-Night Enforcement

The Peoria Police Department and Peoria County Sheriff are preparing for Labor Day. Both agencies have instituted the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Impaired Driving Crackdown.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Peoria helping with homeless housing project

Peoria is helping with the redevelopment of three properties as part of a project to create more housing for the city’s homeless. The Council approved a 26-thousand dollar loan to the South Side Office of Concern.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Peoria City Council defers sports complex and proposed apartment complex

  The Peoria City Council Tuesday night tabled the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex and its economic development components. The Sports Complex, Hotel and special service areas proposed for the northern part of the city have repeatedly been deferred. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Opening arguments in murder trial of Nathan Leuthold

The murder trial of Nathan Leuthold started Monday. Leuthold is accused of first degree murder in the 2013 Valentines Day shooting death of his wife Denise. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Uplands Residents Association calling for traffic calming measures

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The Uplands Residents Association is asking the city of Peoria to slow if not reduce traffic in their neighborhood.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:03 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Peoria council approves LST 325 project, defers other issues

The City of Peoria is making a bid to have the LST 325 dock on its Riverfront. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Council voted seven to four to extend an invitation to the LST Board, committing 500-thousand dollars to the project and pledging to assemble the remaining financing if the ship makes the move. That could amount to more than a million dollars.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

State funding for tornado affected communities to be allocated

Credit Tanya Koonce

   The state is almost ready to make allocations for the communities hardest hit by the November 17th tornadoes.

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