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
9:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Abducted Peoria woman dead in a murder suicide effort

The Peoria Police Tactical Unit sitting near the intersection of Green and Perry during the standoff at 703 NE Monroe in Peoria Tuesday.
Tanya Koonce WCBU

 The 28-year-old woman who was allegedly abducted from work by her estranged husband in Pekin Monday was found dead yesterday in her car parked in the OSF St Francis deck. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports her husband shot himself after about nine hours with Peoria Police. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Main and University intersection changes could take place this year

The Main and University intersection in Peoria could see initial redesign changes by the end of the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports a water-main break last month created an opportunity:

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers says the options he’s recommending includes raising the intersection about six inches: think expanded speed bump, on-street parking that secures expanded sidewalk bump outs at the corners, and diagonal pedestrian crossings:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:23 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Proposed changes to dog ownership regulations go public

Dog ownership regulations in Peoria are getting a second look.  Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson hosted the first of two public meetings on the proposed changes last night at Lakeview Library.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:26 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Peoria residents and business owners learn about concealed carry

Concealed Carry trainers are beginning to get licensed. But citizens interested in carrying a concealed weapon have until the first of next year before they can apply.

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1:37 am
Tue September 24, 2013

PHA redevelopment for Taft Homes taking shape

The redevelopment of Taft Homes is taking shape. The Peoria Housing Authority Board unanimously approved taking the next steps in relocating the 216-unit housing complex from near the riverfront. But it’s estimated to cost nearly $45-Million to build the proposed four to six new apartment buildings across the city.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Peoria Art Fair recognized by national publication

The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair is being recognized as one of the top 100 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The recognition is in this month’s edition of the magazine. The Peoria Art Guild staff says the honor showcases the level of quality the Fine Art Fair aims to achieve, as well as the exemplary craftsmanship of the artists that attend. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:21 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Peoria Reads! announces next book selection

This year’s Peoria Reads! selection honors the many 50th anniversary milestones of the Civil Rights era. The community reading project is inviting people to read Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Some road work suspended over Labor Day weekend

Some lane closures will remain in effect in the Peoria area as IDOT suspends road work for the Labor Day holiday. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Durbin touts Senate-backed immigration reform bill

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman speak to reporters in-front of the replica 777D Mining Truck that serves as the Caterpillar Visitors Center Theater.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin toured Caterpillar’s Visitor's Center with the company’s CEO touting the merits of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill. Durbin says the bill will have a dramatic impact on economic growth in the country, offering companies like Caterpillar, ADM and Kraft the opportunity for more skilled labor workers. But he says it's also not an easy path to becoming a citizen: 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Peoria Councilman Gary Sandberg found dead in home

The body found in the home of Gary Sandberg is believed to be that of the at-large city councilman.  Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says good friends went to Sandberg’s home at 1213 South West Adams Street this afternoon to check on him. They called 911 about 2:15, saying they had found a man deceased. 

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