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
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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Peoria Public Radio News
10:40 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Peoria crews continue snow removal efforts

Peoria Public Works Department crews worked through the night Monday to clear the city’s primary streets. Tuesday they cleaned up residential roads through evening hours. The Peoria Public Works crews are shifting to alleys and ADA ramps Tuesday night.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:56 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New law allows election commissions to process absentee ballots sooner

The November election results in the city of Peoria took longer than usual. This year will see some significant changes to the election process. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:48 am
Mon January 5, 2015

District 150 school board collecting comments on strategic plan

The Peoria District 150 School Board is updating its strategic plan this year. The board is holding four community forums as part of the planning process.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Salvation Army's Red Kettles finish strong

The Peoria Area Salvation Army closed its annual Red Kettle campaign Saturday with more than $252,000.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:09 am
Tue December 23, 2014

7 people looking to be part of East Peoria city council

Seven people are seeking positions on the East Peoria City Council. East Peoria has the commission form of government with four commissioners elected at-large at the same time voters choose the mayor.

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