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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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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The Peoria Fire Department says arson is the cause of two weekend fires. The first happened early Saturday morning in a vacant home and the second occured Sunday at King Food and Tobacco Mart.

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The Peoria Police Department is investigating the city's 13th homicide of the year. 20-year-old Terence Stone was found shot in the 900 block of West Nebraska around 9:15 p.m. He died less than hour later at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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 A Peoria man was stabbed to death yesterday at Parkview Estates Apartments. Police found 29-year-old Kang Abel behind Building H of the Gale Avenue apartments yesterday about 5:00. He was transported to the hospital and died in surgery about an hour later. The preliminary autopsy showed Abel died of two stab wounds to his lower torso.

J.B. Pritzker is doing a listening tour with veterans. The tour included a stop in Peoria Thursday. 

A man has died following a Wednesday shooting in the East Bluff. 24-year-old Jermaine Jackson was pronounced dead at OSF Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. 

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  A 13-year-old was shot yesterday and a 15-year-old suspect is in custody.

 

Shotspotter recorded one shot about 4:30 p.m. Police responded to the 800 block of West McClure. The youth was found in the alley with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to OSF St Francis Medical Center and underwent surgery.

 

15 alleged Bomb Squad Gang Members are facing federal racketeering conspiracy charges among others that carry up to life in prison if convicted.

Kickapoo Creek Road is open again in Peoria County.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures in the middle to possibly upper 90s Saturday through Monday will lead to potentially hazardous conditions statewide, especially for elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions.

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The much loved Lydia Moss Bradley statue that graces the circle drive in the heart of Bradley University’s campus is absent, at least for now.

It was EPIC Firefighter Day at the Peoria Fire Department’s Central House. Peoria firefighters and managers hosted 20 EPIC participants.

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Anthony L. Jackson, 27 is being held on $2 million bond for the shooting death of his uncle, Timothy Jackson.

The details of the deadly disagreement are not completely clear. But 43-year-old Timothy Jackson was apparently stabbed about 3:45 a.m. Thursday, in a fight at the same location he was shot to death less than three hours later.

The Bloomington and Peoria Invest Health teams hosted a day long peer exchange event. The event at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront included more than 100 people from the region. They shared ideas and strategies to improve overall community health. 

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Peoria Police are investigating the death of 43 year-old Timothy Jackson. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

38-year-old Mark Runyon is facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of his father Frank Runyon.

The Morton man accused of the Waffle House mass shooting in Tennessee has spoken to a reporter at a Nashville TV Station. 29-year-old Travis Reinking had remained silent since the shooting and his arrest. But in the call to WTVF’s Nick Beres, Reinking said he wanted to talk about his case, his mental health, and his two appointed lawyers. In that call from the Davidson County Jail, he said he is “perfectly healthy” and he was aiming to represent himself in the case.

Peoria Police are investigating the death of a 74-year-old Peoria man as a homicide.

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Ameren shareholders are holding the company accountable for coal ash contamination at current and former facilities in Illinois and Missouri.

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The East Peoria Levee District and Civic Plaza has a new reading garden. The new community space was dedicated Wednesday. The garden cost just over $500,000 to build. It was paid for entirely by private donations raised through the East Peoria Foundation. Sue Yoder-Portscheller is the president of the Foundation. She says the garden was designed to anchor downtown and be green, growing and family centered.

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