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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Government
5:32 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Negotiations to sell Peoria’s historic Madison Theater fail

The potential for re-development of the Madison Theater looks to be on hold. The owners of the Madison Theatre and NXG Development have elected to drop negotiations. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pekin to celebrate 12th Night Out Against Crime

The City of Pekin is celebrating its 12th Annual Night Out Against Crime. The Thursday evening event runs from five to eight at the Avanti's Dome. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:43 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Peoria council discusses possible video gaming requirements

Those interested in having video gaming machines in Peoria will likely have to prove their establishments first. The Peoria City Council is considering a proposal requiring newly-licensed taverns or beer and wine-only establishments have minimum monthly food, and beverage sales of $1,500 for a year before adding video gaming machines.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:15 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Construction underway on baseball complex

Construction is underway on the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex, in the far northern portion of Peoria. The official ground-breaking is set for October 16th.

The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex will include 10 outdoor all-synthetic-turf baseball and softball fields and a 125-thousand square foot dome offering year-round play. It’s expected to be complete next May. The baseball-diamond-park is part of a 33-million dollar project that includes a new Holiday Inn and Suites near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. That is also under construction.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:58 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Central Illinois students try out construction careers

More than eleven-hundred eighth grade students in the greater Peoria region are participating in the 17th annual Construction Industry Career Expo. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Constitutional ammendment to expand victim's rights on ballot

The November ballot includes a constitutional amendment question that aims to expand crime victim’s rights in court proceedings. It’s also known as Marsy’s Law. 

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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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