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 West Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.   


2:34 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New name, structure for Heartland Partnership

The Heartland Partnership now has a new name and structure. The group of organizations that used to function in the Partnership have been reduced, refocused, and in at least one case, completely disbanded. The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council are the two private businesses remaining under the newly-named Greater Peoria Business Alliance.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Peoria news briefs

The City of Peoria is getting a graffiti removal machine. The Altamount Neighborhood Association is selling the machine and supporting equipment to the Peoria Police Department for one dollar.  The seven-thousand-dollar graffiti removal machine was purchased through a grant from a local rotary club. Paul Wilkinson is a member of the Altamount Neighborhood Association that’s experienced and removed gang graffiti. Wilkinson helped make the transaction possible.     

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:25 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Richerson out as PRM President and CEO

Jim Richerson is no longer running the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The announcement comes after the Museum failed to provide Peoria County with contractually required financial information. Peoria County voters approved a quarter of one percent sales tax increase to build the museum in 2009.

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12:01 am
Tue May 14, 2013

North Peoria nature center project gets state funding

The Peoria Park District is putting some state parks grant funding to work on building a Nature Center in Tawny Oaks. It’s next to Singing Woods off Route 88 in North Peoria. Bonnie Noble is the Executive Director of the Peoria Park District. She says the more than $217,000 state grant gets the Tawny Oaks Nature Center project started: 

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10:10 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Peoria Police arrest husband for Denise Leuthold's murder

Nathan Leuthold

The Peoria Police Department arrested Nathan Leuthold Wednesday morning for the murder of his wife, Denise Leuthold on February 14. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says  his department arrested the 37 year-old Leuthold in Pekin during a traffic stop they initiated. He says people have shared information that’s helped his department meet the probable cause standard to make Leuthold’s arrest. But Settingsgaard says detectives are still actively following-up on details.  

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Outside the Horseshoe

Eileen & Doug Leunig

Credit Eileen & Doug Leunig
Host Tanya Koonce

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening at 6:00p.m. WCBU airs Outside the Horseshoe prior to the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meeting. The show previews some of the top issues on the council agenda, or delves into a  topic important to the city. Tune in to 89.9 WCBU before each Peoria City Council meeting for this program, or catch the podcast of each episode online. 

Outside the Horseshoe
2:31 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Outside the Horseshoe - February 12, 2013

The City of Peoria launches its new website Wednesday, but it was recently released in a soft launch. We’re talking with the city’s new Chief Information Officer, Sam Rivera, and Rachel Cook who coordinates Technical Support for the city and headed-up the project. If you would like to follow along with the conversation on the city’s website the address is Peoriagov.org.

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