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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Some residents of the 18th Congressional district in Peoria picketed outside the Farm Bureau Mon., where Rep. Darin LaHood was speaking in a private member event. 

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"What’s in Your Water," was the topic of The Greater Peoria Environmental Science Society’s monthly meeting yesterday

 


Deere and Company releases its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year tomorrow. Recent analysts estimates place Deere first quarter results at 51 to 58 cents per share. That remains well below Deere’s 80 cents per share earnings at the same time last year.

The Peoria City Council unanimously approved expanding the boundaries of the Peoria Urban Enterprise Zone to encompass Northwoods Mall.

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The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is promising a legal battle after the Army Corps of Engineers’ announcement Tues. It’s clearing the way for completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. 

With that, about 100 people turned out at the  Universalist Unitarian Church in Peoria last night for a vigil in solidarity with the tribe. Rev. Lynnda White went to Standing Rock in November. She says the vigil brought local environmental and Native American groups together in the shared cause. She says in times of difficulty standing together as one always makes the cause stronger.

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Three regional groups got together yesterday to compare and share notes about the strength and diversity of the local economy. 

The Heart of Illinois United Way is celebrating the close of its 2016 fundraising campaign that collected more than $11 million.

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The same day Caterpillar announced its plans to move 300 of its top executives to Chicago, more than 350 people attended a town hall conversation focused on racial disparities in Peoria.

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The director of Peoria airports says he doesn't think Caterpillar's decision to move its headquarters to the Chicago area will have much effect on travel.

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Caterpillar is moving its global headquarters to Chicago. The company announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions to the Chicago area later this year. Caterpillar also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to Peoria and Central Illinois. The company will not build the previously announced headquarter complex in Peoria. 

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The Navy Seal killed during the January 28th raid on al-Qaida in Yemen was 36-year-old chief petty officer, William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria. That’s according to the Defense Department. Owens died of wounds sustained in the Saturday raid. He was a 1998 graduate of Illinois Valley Central. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says our nation owes Owens and his family deepest and heartfelt gratitude.

 

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Slightly fewer people were seeking full-time employment last year in the Peoria Metro area as well as statewide. Generally that translates to a lower unemployment rate. But for last-year it only tells half the story.

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Peoria City and County leaders are sharing their so-called “wish list” to area lawmakers. 

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The Peoria area continues to be a hotbed for millennial home buyers. The overall number of properties sold last year was slightly less than in 2015, when real estate moved at a 7-year high.

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The Women’s March On Washington included sister protests held across the country, including Peoria.

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The Peoria Rotary Club has three newly bald members. The service club’s Friday lunch meeting started with shaving the heads of 182nd Airlift Wing Colonel Robbie Roberts, businessman Steve Driscoll and retired TV news anchor Tom McIntyre.

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The ribbon cutting for the Cooperage Building in Peoria means there’s another place with historic character for people to live and work in the Warehouse District. The building that was constructed in 1925 started as a door and windows manufacturing company and later was a cooperage factory that made whiskey barrels for Hiram Walker.  Katie Kim is the CEO of the Kim Group. She says it was a 5-million-dollar project that was only possible with the extension of the state and federal historic tax credits:

 

 

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Those traveling from northbound Interstate 155 to westbound I-74 were rerouted into Morton Thursday afternoon and evening. Emergency responders were working to remove a charter bus that rolled over while negotiating the exit ramp at about 1:00p.m.

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A critical source of funding will flow into a public housing project, amidst a shortage of affordable options in Peoria.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

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The 25th annual MLK Day luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center drew more than 2,100 people for the meal and concert with Patti LaBelle. LaBelle was this year’s keynote speaker but rather than a traditional luncheon speech, LaBelle offered a full concert in the Civic Center Arena.  

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

Hy-Vee’s home office in West Des Moines, Iowa is recalling about 20 different kinds of candy and cookie trays. They have the potential to to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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The icy road conditions have trash and recycling collection a day late in Peoria. The Peoria Public Works Department says pick-up that usually would have happened Thursday will instead be Friday and Friday’s normal pick up will happen Saturday due the icy roads. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Peoria Disposal Company via phone or website.

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Peoria Police are asking for help in find the suspects of two bank robberies Wednesday evening. The first happened at Commerce Bank on North Knoxville about 4 o’clock, and included 2 armed men.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Production Report is out. The President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association says it’s worth farmers excitement to see the considerable increases in exports coupled with increases in feed and ethanol uses.

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The Illinois State Police has issued a winter weather travel advisory for this weekend. State Police along with the Department Transportation are urging motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Peoria County are looking to increase the number of children they serve.

Caterpillar is contemplating moving machine production out of its Aurora facility. The move will be in addition to the global restructuring and cost savings plan announced in September 2015.

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Illinois State Police District 08 is warning people to take necessary precautions before heading out on the road.  The bitter cold temperatures and the potential for snow overnight prompts the caution. Motorists are encouraged to to keep emergency items inside their vehicles and check road conditions before heading out.

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