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.   


Peoria Public Radio News
3:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Bradley to play in NCAA Baseball Championship

The public is invited to attend Bradley's final practice at Dozer Park before the Braves head to Louisville for the weekend's NCAA Baseball Regional.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Police prepare checkpoints for holiday weekend

Credit Tanya Koonce

State and local police are out in force for the traditional kick-off of summer. An estimated 33-million motorist will take to the nation's roadways this weekend. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:16 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Public to welcome home Honor Flight Veterans

An Honor Flight takes off from Peoria International Airport early Tuesday morning. 22 World War II veterans, 37 from the Korean War and seven terminally ill Vietnam Vets are making the journey to the Memorial in Washington D.C. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

ICC President retiring

  Illinois Central College President John Erwin is retiring effective Friday, May 1, 2015.

Erwin’s held the position for more than 14 years. As President, Erwin led ICC’s expansion of academic programs and the school’s footprint.

  ICC moved into the shuttered Zeller Mental Health Center building that now serves as the school’s North Campus, opened a southern location in Pekin and added student housing during Erwin’s tenure. He also oversaw a number of additional building construction and expansion projects.

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4:10 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

600 people become new citizens in Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce

Bradley University hosted the state’s largest naturalization ceremony of the year. About 2,000 people gathered at the Renaissance Coliseum for the ceremony. Paul Phillips is a Supervisory Immigration Services Officer out of Chicago. He says typically there are quarterly naturalization ceremonies.  

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7:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Arrests, car accident follow Peoria police incident response

Peoria Police Officers responded to a physical altercation on Garden Street in South Peoria Thursday hours after regional leaders talked state cuts.  Officers made several arrests in the incident that also led to an officer-involved car accident. Peoria Police shift commander Jared Ginglen says police services could hurt if state budget woes are passed onto the city:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Pekin City Council candidates and mayoral candidates sound off at forum

On April 2, 2015, 10 of the 11 Pekin City Council candidates and the three people running for mayor participated in a forum. The council candidates took the firsts round. The mayoral  participated in the second round of the forum.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Schock Resigns: "I do this with a heavy heart"

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock says he’s resigning March 31st following weeks of intense press scrutiny. The news comes after questions surrounding Schock’s travel expenses and relationships with donors:

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5:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Schock, under scrutiny, defends another travel expense

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock spent more than $10,000 in taxpayer funds for at least 10 staff members to accompany him to New York City. 

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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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