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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About 750 people attended 18th District Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s town hall meeting at Five Points Washington. LaHood greeted everyone at the door and took at least 35 questions from a heated room. ACA Reform, the release of President Trump’s taxes and climate change were some of the most heated and repeated topics of the town hall meeting. LaHood also stayed calm and steady though a sometime bombastic crowd response. He says it was a productive dialogue.

 

The 42 year-old Peoria man killed in the fire at Glen Oak Towers Sunday evening died of smoke inhalation.

The Peoria Park District is looking to fill a Central District vacancy on the board of trustees. Kelly Cummings is resigning her seat effective May first. Her term expires in two years.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner toured Getz Fire Equipment Company in Peoria Monday where he praised the 60 year-old business. He also reiterated his standard remarks about growing Illinois’ economy and his pro-business agenda. 

CityLink is celebrating its 9th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day Thursday.  All passengers on fixed routes ride for free in honor of CityLink’s beloved General Manager Jerome Lilly.

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Peoria area hospitals have lifted their request for people with flu symptoms to voluntarily limit hospital visits because of a decrease in flu cases. The request was in place to help limit flu exposure for the hospitals' patients and staff.  

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The “Best City Hall in America” is hosting an open house. Peoria City Hall won the title last month in the online bracket-style contest sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders.

Election Day polling places closed at 7:00p.m. Peoria Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride says election day has been pretty smooth.

Union local 974 in East Peoria ratified its supplemental agreement that goes along with its six-year main contract with Caterpillar Inc. The UAW announced the agreement had been "overwhelmingly ratified" by Local 974 workers of the heavy equipment maker.

Caterpillar has finalized details on its decision to move production out of its Aurora factory. The production of large wheel loaders and compactors is moving to Decatur. Medium wheel loader manufacturing is moving to North Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite the move of manufacturing, Caterpillar will maintain an Aurora office for engineering and product support work.

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Every five years the City of Peoria has the option to purchase its water company. The issue divides people into separate schools of thought on the issue -- and this year is no exception.

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The Peoria County Board has selected the long-time chief deputy treasurer to be the next treasurer. Nicole Demetreas has worked in Peoria County government finance for nearly two decades and has served as the chief deputy treasurer since 2000. Demetreas was appointed to fill the role yesterday/Tuesday during a special Peoria County Board Meeting. She is filling the position vacated by the retirement of Tripp O’Connor January 31st. The term expires November 30th, 2018. Demetreas will be sworn in after the completion of bonding paperwork.   

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The City Council At-Large candidate who lost by one vote in Peoria’s primary election is contesting the results.

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Caterpillar has retained special outside counsel to help in dealing with matters related to the criminal search conducted by a trio of federal agencies earlier this month. 

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The Peoria Police Department will begin a pilot program to evaluate the use of body cameras on officers. Three officers on different shifts will use the cameras beginning March 20.

Project manager Denise Backes told Peoria City Council on Tues. that other cities using cameras have seen increased officer performance among other benefits.

February was another record month for the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

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The Peoria County Election Commission makes the results of the Feb. 28th Primary official Thurs.

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Federal agents continued searching Caterpillars Headquarters building in downtown Peoria overnight. Search warrants were executed yesterday at Caterpillar offices in Peoria, East Peoria and Morton. The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirms the multi-agency investigation included the FDIC Office of Inspector General, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement.

 

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Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

Pere Marquette Hotel in downtown Peoria will remain a Marriott.

 

Yesterday’s primary election results in Peoria mean incumbent Mayor Jim Ardis faces political newcomer, Couri Thomas. Ardis received 52.5 percent of the vote and Thomas 33.3 percent.   

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The City of Peoria is asking residents to talk trash. The city’s waste hauling contract with Peoria Disposal Company expires in 2019.

Morton Community School District #709 has tapped the current superintendent of the Illinois State University Lab Schools to be their new School Superintendent.  

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The Peoria Health Care Coalition is talking about the future of health insurance coverage, prompted by concerns about a possible repeal or replacement of Obamacare.

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A new group called the Greater Peoria Environmental Sciences Society is offering monthly, family-friendly events at the Mansion in Pekin.

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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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