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
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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Peoria Public Radio News
7:03 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Peoria City Council spends three hours in executive session

The Peoria City Council spent nearly three hours in executive session after last night’s regularly scheduled business meeting.

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Government
6:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

New law certifies IL skilled workers to teach students

Long-time employees of local businesses, like Pekin’s Excel Foundry, can be certified to teach on a part-time basis. The state certification is for part-time teaching and is limited to a specific skill as part of a school district’s curriculum. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed the bill that in-part creates the special teacher certification law. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Ticket vendor for Cat's Visitors Center experiences security breach

Credit: Caterpillar Visitor's Center Facebook page

Caterpillar says the third party ticket vendor for its visitor’s center has experienced a security breach. That has the potential to impact those who’ve purchased tickets to Cat’s Visitors Center online or at the box-office. It does not include Caterpillar’s adjacent Merchandise Center or the company’s systems or hardware.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Man found in Illinois River likely died from drowning

The Peoria County Coroner says the man fished out of the Illinois River Tuesday night likely died from drowning. Johnna Ingersoll identified the man as 31-year old Matthew Nettles of Washington. She says there was no evidence of trauma and she’s following through with toxicology testing.

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Business
5:12 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Caterpillar owns whole Peoria block adjacent to world headquarters

 

Caterpillar now owns the entire city block next to its world headquarters in downtown Peoria. Cat spokesman Rusty Dunn says the company completed the move with its purchase of the Peoria professional Building on Main Street. 

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Business
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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Environment
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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