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
4:10 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Construction resumes on UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center after accident

Construction has resumed on the exterior of UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center. The construction project was halted last week when a worker fell about 30 feet from the scaffolding. The East Moline Glass Company employee remains hospitalized.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Ground breaking begins on new UnityPoint Methodist College campus

The former American Furniture Building is being reconstructed into the new UnityPoint Methodist College.
Credit Tanya Koonce

The UnityPoint Methodist College is getting a new campus. The former American Furniture Building is being reconstructed with Student Housing built on adjacent land to house both the nursing and health sciences programs. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Kirk pushes passing Trade Promotion Authority

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk tours ADM Plant
Credit Tanya Koonce

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk toured the ADM Plant on the Riverfront in Peoria Wednesday. Senator Kirk says getting a new trade agreement is necessary for companies like Peoria-based Caterpillar and ADM:

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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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Community
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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Crime
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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