Tim Shelley

News Director

Tim Shelley is the News 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!

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A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

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A 91-year-old man is the Tri-County area's first COVID-19 linked death.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is reporting the area's first COVID-19 related death.

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More positive COVID-19 tests are coming back in Central Illinois - including the first confirmed cases in Stark and Mason counties.

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Peoria activist and community organizer Chama St. Louis says she's running for Peoria mayor next year.

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The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.

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Local medical students are gathering personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the frontlines.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said more people are going outside in groups as the weather warms up. But he's asking people to adhere the governor's stay-at-home-order.

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OSF Saint Francis Chief Nursing Officer Jen Hopwood said the hospital has boosted its bed counts to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

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The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is reactivating the Disaster Relief Fund originally created after the Washington tornado to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Peoria City/County Health Department medical director Dr. Gregg Stoner said the local COVID-19 infection and death projections he's seen give a real sense why social distancing measures like the stay-at-home order are necessary.

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An Illinois nonprofit is offering two months' of mortgage or rent payments to help people out during the COVID-19 crisis.

A four-hour long standoff with the suspect in a pair of incidents over the weekend died Tuesday with his apparent suicide by gunshot in a North Valley home.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is asking residents to call the non-emergency police number if they spot large gatherings defying the governor's extended stay-at-home order.

The USDA approved a waiver allowing families on the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food program to substitute other milk products when coupon-eligible milk isn't available.

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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing similar to what rolled out in McLean County this past weekend isn't here in Peoria - yet.

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The Tri-County hospitals are now reporting the number of COVID-19 related cases in their intensive care units.

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Illinois unemployment claims skyrocketed from 10,000 the week ending March 14 to more than 114,000 the following week.

Caterpillar is "indefinitely" laying off an unspecified number of employees at its East Peoria Building KK plant.

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a suspect considered armed and dangerous.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln said the tornado that briefly touched down about a mile east of the Peoria International Airport on Saturday night caused only minor damage.


A Bradley University student enrolled in the Semester Abroad program has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is applauding the passage of the CARES Act - the single largest relief package in American history.

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Daily life is dramatically different for most Illinoisans under Gov. JB Pritzker’s “stay in place” order. The directive took effect March 21 and mandated the closure of schools and all businesses deemed non-essential across the state.

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Peoria County administrator Scott Sorrel says privately-tracked cellphone data released by major providers shows people are taking the governor's stay-at-home executive order seriously.

The annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe is postponed to late August.

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The Tazewell County Board approved a $35 pay increase for election judges who worked the recent primary election.

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Caterpillar said COVID-19 is beginning to negatively impact the earthmoving giant's supply chain - and warned more facility closures may be on the horizon.

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Heartland Health Services is rolling out a mobile clinic this week to provide medical screening and care to local shelters.