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. Tanya’s currently the Treasurer of the Illinois News Broadcaster’s Association. She lives in East Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.   

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Peoria District 150 is asking the community to hold the sophomore Richwoods High School football player injured Monday in thoughts and prayers.

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Two Peoria area schools are included on the US Department of Education’s annual Blue Ribbon School list.

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The United States gained 655 new citizens Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid and other dignitaries presided over the swearing-in for the immigrants from 77 countries.

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A Peoria woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision near Edelstein.

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A Peoria man is in custody in connection with the weekend death of Thomas Whitby. 39-year-old Daniel Jablonski was arrested for First Degree Murder Saturday.

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Those interested in learning more about solar energy have an opportunity Saturday. Homeowners and businesses across the state include several locally are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour open houses from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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A large water main break near the intersection of Main and Adams in Peoria has downtown traffic rerouting this morning.

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Delta Air Lines is ending its nonstop service to Detroit November 27th.  Delta has offered two weekday round-trip Detroit flights.

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41-year-old Sean Juergens was killed Tuesday night in the area of Route 24 and Mendenhall Road.

Two fires Monday in Peoria County are responsible for more than a million dollars in damages. A fire was discovered at Walls Industrial Services in Glasford early Monday morning. It reportedly took multiple rural fire departments about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The cause of that fire is still undetermined as is the extent of the loss and no one was injured.

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A Morton man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.

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The Peoria Fire Department and the Peoria County Coroner are offering words of community awareness and support in the face of two suspected opioid overdose deaths.

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The Peoria Police Department has narrowed the list of people suspected in the disappearance of Alexis Scott. The 20-year-old Peoria woman went missing after attending a party on September 23, 2017.

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48-year-old Eric Hollis was arrest Wednesday evening after he surrendered to Peoria Police. Police remained at bay for about three hours before his arrest.

A former Peoria police officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.

In a story from the Associated Press aired on Peoria Public Radio News Monday, we reported Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law requiring cat owners to have their pets vaccinated for rabies with regular updates from the age of four months. That story was factually inaccurate. The General Assembly significantly changed the scope of the measure before it became law.

  

A couple-driving-team did some fast maneuvering for the best possible outcome to bad situation over night on Interstate-74 near Kickapoo in Peoria County.

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The Peoria City/County Election Commission is preparing to move next month. The office on South West Adams is moving to a new location on Brandywine Drive.

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The Diocese of Peoria is asking for the community to join in prayer for healing, following the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on Catholic Church sex abuse.

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CARBONDALE - The Carbondale City Council is considering allowing "natural" burials that involve biodegradable materials and no chemicals. The council is discussing altering its code to allow the process at Oakland Cemetery.

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Portions of central and western Illinois remain dry as drought conditions persist across the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor says Kentucky is the only Midwest state with normal soil conditions.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A lawsuit by 17 states challenging President Donald Trump's separation of migrant families at the Mexico border has been transferred to a California courtroom where a federal judge is already overseeing several related cases.

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Main Street in Peoria is fully open between Farmington Road and Maplewood.

A water main break last week meant a large portion of the road needed to be removed. Illinois American Water crews replaced about 10 feet of water main. That work was completed soon after the water main break.

 

But the restoration work took a little longer. The road restoration was completed and it was reopened Tuesday.

 

 

 

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It’s still unclear what the cause of death was for the 47-year old man found unresponsive in downtown Peoria Saturday evening.

Peoria Standoff Ends Peacefully

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A more than 4-hour police standoff ended peacefully today.

Some in the community are questioning the deadly use of force by Peoria Police over-night. 19-year-old Luis Cruz was shot three-times, including once in the head, arm and leg. 

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Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop. Luis Cruz died overnight. The shooting happened just after midnight at West Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and south Blaine Street.

A house fire in Bartonville claimed the life of four-year-old John Bankes III.

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A small aircraft has made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate-55 just north of Lincoln.

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  Congressman Darin LaHood did a quiet military medal presentation in his Peoria office Monday.

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