Tanya Koonce

Outside The Horseshoe - June 10, 2014

Jun 10, 2014
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  The Peoria City Council again deferred the Marriott Hotel management change question Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The city is in the secondary lender seat on the redevelopment project and is waiting on the primary lender to sign-off.  


The Tazewell County Health Department is looking to add to state law for the body art industry. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

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Governor Pat Quinn is offering 45 million dollars in state funding to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. That’s after FEMA’s second denial for public disaster assistance. 

Outside The Horseshoe - February 25, 2014

Feb 25, 2014

  The longest most difficult stretch of winter seems to be past. However the resulting potholes are a bumpy reminder that it was a harder winter than normal. Peoria Public Works Director Michael Rogers talks about the road patching effort at hand. He is our guest for this Outside the Horse Shoe.  

PSD 150 administrative concerns expanded

Feb 20, 2014

The controversy surrounding the administration of Peoria’s public school district hit a pitch level this week. The group ‘Change 150’ formalized its call of no confidence in Superintendent Grenita Lathan and her top administration. 

A new group urges change at PSD 150

Feb 19, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria City Council special policy session on design and community character started with a public call for the removal of School District 150’s Superintendent. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the group urging the action is called Change 150.   


Educating to meet needs

Jan 20, 2014

Business and Education leaders are working in 20 Illinois Communities to arm students with more academic skills in math and science. Illinois Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it’s called the Pathways Initiative.



The Peoria Police Officer’s Union is asking why 18 vacancies in the department are not being filled more quickly. 

Neighbors oppose proposed Sports Complex

Jan 14, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Some of the would be neighbors of the proposed Louisville Slugger Sports Complex are concerned about the additional traffic, noise and light it would create. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that was the message delivered at the public meeting on the proposed complex in the northern part of Peoria.

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The Peoria Fire Department has received nearly 50 calls for pipes that are breaking as they thaw. That means what people are using to thaw pipes is a point of caution.  

Driving conditions in the cold post-snow

Jan 7, 2014

Most business is resuming this morning despite the lingering cold temperatures. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports people will want to allow plenty of extra travel time: 

Outside the Horseshoe - December 10, 2013

Dec 10, 2013

It’s the year-end review with the Peoria City Hall Press Corps. Our guests for the conversation are Peoria Journal Star City Reporter Nick Vlahos and 1470 WMBD Reporter Ed Hammond.

Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE that airs immediately before our live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meetings.  


Outside The Horseshoe - July 23, 2013

Jul 23, 2013
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  The Peoria City Council meets for the first time Tuesday since the passing of At-Large Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  Tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE is to pay respects to the longest serving councilman at the horseshoe.  Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce speaks with the current members of the Peoria City Hall press corps, Jonny King of 1470 WMBD and Nick Vlahos of the Peoria Journal Star:

Outside The Horseshoe - April 23, 2013

Apr 24, 2013
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  The City of Peoria's response to the flooded Illinois River is the topic of this Outside the Horseshoe.  Scott Reeise is a Public Works Engineer with the City. He was instrumental in creating Peoria’s flood wall. Public Works Manager David Haste is overseeing its maintenance and the city’s general flood response efforts. Both men are guest on this Outside the Horseshoe.  

Video gaming regulations for East Peoria

Mar 20, 2013

  The City of East Peoria is requiring all video gaming machine holders to register. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved the measure that requires registration and a $25 per machine fee. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says he supports the measure, but the city will need to revisit how it regulates video gaming. “I question the best interest of it being in the city, particularly because we have the Par-a-dice [Casino] that does a good job of monitoring, that does a good job of community support,” Mingus says.

Federal proposal aims to put more doctors to work

Mar 15, 2013

   Congressman Aaron Schock is renewing his effort to get more doctors into the workforce the same day fourth year medical students matched for residency assignments. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports. 

The Peoria Republican says it was an exciting day for many new doctors, but also disappointing for those who didn’t get placed. He says the number of residency slots needs to be increased to counterbalance the current and pending doctor shortage. Schock says the American Medical College estimates a shortage of 130,000 doctors in the next decade. 

Outside the Horseshoe - February 26, 2013

Mar 12, 2013

Adams and Jefferson Streets in Downtown Peoria are currently one way streets in downtown Peoria. The Peoria City Council Meeting Agenda asks the council to give staff direction on perusing a plan to convert Adams and Jefferson streets to two-way. Interim Peoria Public Works Director Jeff Smith is our guest for this episode.