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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The Peoria County Coroner is offering a message of concern. Jamie Harwood says the man found deceased in Peoria Heights Tuesday was the third person in the Peoria area to die from apparent drug overdoses in the last two weeks.

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The downward trend for Illinois home sales continued last month despite an uptick in median prices. The Illinois Realtors organization reports family home and condominium sales statewide were down 5.6% in April when compared with last year.

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Bradley University President Gary Roberts is retiring next year. In a letter to faculty and staff this morning Roberts says he has informed the Bradley’s Board of Trustees of his intention to retire at the end of his contract next May.

A Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy escaped injury after his patrol vehicle was swept up in flash flooding early Wednesday.

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The Peoria Police Department is joining the free Neighbors app by Ring and encouraging others to consider it too.

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Authorities have identified the teen who died in an early morning Peoria shooting. The victim is 18-year-old Louis Salazar.

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Peoria police are investigating the city's 9th homicide of the year. The young man was shot and killed in the Taft Homes.

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Peoria police have arrested the woman wanted for stabbing another young woman in large fight last week at Schmoeger Park.

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A Peoria woman stabbed in the neck during a Thursday afternoon fight is dead. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 19-year-old Charee A. Alexander died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 2:05 p.m. Friday.

The Woodford County community of Goodfield is still largely trying to understand a fire that killed five people Saturday night.

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Newcomers prevailed in several key races in Peoria and Tazewell Counties in the election Tuesday.

ISP and State Mourns Death of Troopers

Apr 1, 2019
Illinois State Police

Funeral services are planned for one Illinois State Police Trooper, as many are still trying to comprehend the death of another early Saturday morning.

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  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An audit has criticized the state's response to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans' home that caused 13 deaths.

UnityPoint Health

The three major mental health service centers in the greater Peoria region are creating a new organization aiming at bringing new resources to bare on behavioral healthcare.

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An effort to save the Rock Island County Courthouse has hit a roadblock.

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Illinois State Police, District 08 is conducting Roadside Safety Check and Saturation Patrols in Tazewell County during the month of April.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his felony corruption case.


CityLink is operating continuous bus shuttles Friday and Saturday to the Peoria Civic Center for the Boys Basketball Class-1A and 2A State Finals.


WTVP is searching for a new President and CEO. A joint management agreement with WILL in Champaign Urbana includes Moss Bresnahan serving in that role for both stations.

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Illinois Central College Vice President Rita Ali ran away with the Consolidated Primary Election Tuesday for the Peoria City Council At-Large Race.


Peoria Notre Dame High School’s principal died Tuesday.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address Wednesday. It’s likely to be an ambitious budgetary road map. Pritzker says state’s budget has been ravaged.

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Indivisible Peoria Area, members supports and others are gathering today at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Peoria.

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A winter storm brought a mix of snow and freezing rain to Illinois, coating some parts of the state with icy accumulations.

A Tennessee grand jury has issued multiple indictments against the former Morton man accused of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House.

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The deadly arctic deep freeze enveloping the Midwest is forcing widespread closure of schools, businesses and government offices. It’s also prompted the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region.

Peoria County Coroner's Office

An 82-year-old man Marquette Heights man died Tuesday due to cold exposure.

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Autopsies are complete on the two Peoria men killed in a Tuesday morning shooting.

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The frigid weather moving across Illinois is prompting officials around the state to prepare for its impact. Subzero temperatures will begin Tuesday but Wednesday is expected to be the worst.

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Two young men police believe are adults were shot and killed over night.