Tim Shelley

Assignment Editor/Digital Director

Tim Shelley is the Assignment Editor and Digital Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.

Before venturing into the world of radio, Tim worked as Assignment Editor and later Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WEEK-TV for several years.

Tim was also the editor for three weekly newspapers covering much of Tazewell and Woodford counties.

He was born in Peoria, and is a graduate of East Peoria Community High School, Illinois Central College and Bradley University.

When not covering the news, Tim enjoys playing his guitar, reading up on American and ancient Roman history, and spending time with his friends and family.

Tim also collects the works of Elmer M. King - Peoria history rocks!

Will recreational cannabis legalization have a big impact on usage among teens? 

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If you’re tired of this heat, be patient. Central Illinois’ heat wave isn’t going anywhere in the next few days, but relief is coming by the end of this weekend.

The City of Peoria has hired Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Rick Powers to lead the city's public works department.

Powers currently heads the Indiana DOT's LaPorte Division, with a staff of 500 employees and annual budget of $300 million. Powers was previously the head of the Indianapolis Code Enforcement Department and Co-Chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee. He previously worked in Virginia and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

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OSF HealthCare is in negotiations for a full merger with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in the Chicagoland area, the group announced Wednesday.

A medical research partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois is getting a big boost. 

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Senator Dick Durbin is joining a chorus of critics decrying President Donald Trump’s recent tweets and comments on four Democratic congresswomen of color. 

“This weekend, President Trump sunk to a new low. His tweets saying quote ‘four Democratic congresswomen should go back to their countries’ were racist and reprehensible comments. Elected officials of both parties should condemn the president’s statement.” 

The comments were made Tuesday on the Senate floor. 

One local organization is working to break down barriers around testing for and even talking about sexually transmitted diseases with teenagers.

Deric Kimler is the executive director of Central Illinois Friends. The group was started in 1990 by a group of local citizens concerned about the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then, the group has expanded into sex education and STD testing, prevention and treatment referrals throughout the 16 Central Illinois counties they serve. 

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Peoria Public Schools is adopting a new policy aimed at distracting cellphone usage in the classroom.

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It’s been half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 program was the only time the U.S. put astronauts on the surface of another planet.

Armstrong is one of just 12 people in all of human history to do so. But NASA is using the 50th anniversary to promote it’s new project, called Artemis. 

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A new Workforce Development Center at Illinois Central College's East Peoria campus will receive a total of $9 million in government funding.

Dr. Robert Davison-Aviles is stepping down from the Peoria Public Schools District 150 school board as he takes on a new role at Bradley University.

Davison-Aviles was first elected to the board in 2016. 

The Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780 union called him an "asset to the board." 

A replacement hasn't yet been named. 

Local congressional representatives are speaking out about a string of President Trump’s tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color.

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A Bradley University sophomore and his brother both were killed Friday in what police believe was a murder-suicide committed by their mother.

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The area’s major health providers are working to assess and address the community’s biggest health needs.

The 70th Annual Heart of Illinois Fair starts tomorrow  at Expo Gardens. 

Roxy Baker is an organizer for the fair. 

“You know, events from years past, including the truck and tractor pulls, all the livestock shows and events, we have a celebrity swine showmanship competition," she said. 

Some new attractions include a Heart of Illinois Fair Pageant and a new wine tasting event. 

The fair runs tomorrow through Sunday. 

Click here for more information. 

Zion Coffee Co.

A popular coffee spot in Peoria's Warehouse District is set to open another location in Peoria Heights. 

Zion Coffee Co. announced the planned opening of Zion Social at 4616 N. Prospect early next year. The location will include a mix of coffee and craft cocktails. 

"When we considered locations for our new concept, the Heights was a perfect choice based on its long-standing reputation for unique food and dining experiences," said Zion Coffee Co. owners Mike and Banu Hatfield in a statement. 

Zion Coffee Co. first opened in February 2017. 

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A lack of math skills can often scare people away from pursuing careers in the trades. Illinois Central College has a program for that.

Peoria International Airport shattered another of its own records in May.

The airport saw nearly 62,000 passengers. That’s more than any previous May in the airport’s history, and also marks its third-busiest month ever.

Director of Airports Gene Olson explained what he believes is behind the recent high volume of flyers choosing Peoria. 

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Four hundred and forty. That’s the number of potential years of life lost in Peoria County last year to homicides. 

Cast Members Ed Peck and Kiana Baylor join Jenn Gordon on Out and About to talk about the award winning musical opening this weekend at the Tent in Upper Bradley Park. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME weaves together the stories of a Harlem ragtime musician, a loyal upper-class wife, and a determined Latvian immigrant. Find out what went into bringing this show to life and how its message remains relevant in the 21st Century.

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) isn’t optimistic her former rival for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District will fare any better across the Mississippi River. 

Former Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling announced earlier this week that he will run for Iowa’s Second Congressional District. 

“Well, I defeated him twice, and I think he’s got a third loss coming his way," she said. 

Schilling lost his seat to Bustos in 2012, and failed to win it back in the 2014 race. 

A Bradley University professor is set to be appointed to fill a vacancy on the Peoria County Board. 

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One person is dead after a semi tractor-trailer struck another semi broke down on the side of Interstate 74 on Wednesday afternoon.

Proactive measures by community health organizations helped make a dent in Peoria County’s overdose death numbers last year. 

That’s according to Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson. 

The 2018 Mortality Report shows that Peoria County saw a 22 percent drop in overdose deaths from 2017. Hendrickson says there are a few factors at work.

There are a lot of different ideas for filling the grocery gap on Peoria’s South Side and East Bluff. 

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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy  is working to craft policies to cut down on firefighter exposure to carcinogens.

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One Central Illinois company wants to make it easier for schools to recycle food waste.

Better Earth Logistics is rolling out a new composting program for schools in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Co-founder Luke Rosenbohm said he wants to teach future generations how to cut down on wasted food. 

“America is one big pothole.”

That’s according to Obama-era Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The Peoria Republican said Congress needs to look to his home state for inspiration on how to improve the condition of the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.

"We need to take a page out of the Illinois book, and 30 other states around the country that have raised their own gas tax, and get a bold bill with a good vision," said LaHood. 

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) said he is displeased with the way the capital bill quickly took shape. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a $45 billion infrastructure upgrade plan into law last month. 

“There was thousands of pages of bills introduced in a matter of hours that spent over $40 billion that we were supposed to vote on without anybody reading it. That’s bad form," he said. 

The Republican legislator said lawmakers were asked to vote on doubling the state motor fuel tax without getting a chance to actually know which projects would benefit. 

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A Peoria woman headed the wrong way on the interstate died when her vehicle collided with an RV on Saturday.

The Illinois State Police said Judy McLeese, 64, was headed west on eastbound Interstate 74 near Gale around 7:45 p.m. when her vehicle collided head-on with an RV. McLeese was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said McLeese was not wearing a seatbelt and likely died instantly. It is unknown why she was travelling the wrong way on the interstate. 

The driver of the RV was not injured. 

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