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 suspect is in custody after a man was found in a car with a life-threatening gunshot wound on Saturday evening in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.

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Three Michigan men were arrested Friday after a business burglary at Northwoods Mall.

In this WCBU Black History Special, you'll hear some of our best reporting about the people who brought us to where we are—and what we can learn to better decide where we go next.

Courtesy Jerry Milam / Peoria Riverfront Museum

If the name "Jerry Milam" means anything to you, it's probably because you know something about the Golden Voice Recording Studio he and his wife founded in South Pekin. That's where bands like REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Head East recorded some of their biggest albums.

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The expansion of the 1B phase of COVID-19 vaccinations includes pregnant women. While the Tri-County area isn't yet expanding eligibility, other areas of the state may choose to begin that expansion starting Thursday.

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Gov. JB Pritzker says Peoria County is a leader in the state's COVID-19 vaccination effort.

The incumbents in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Peoria City Council Districts will move to the April 6 general election.

UPDATED 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY | With 100% of the vote in, At-Large City Councilwoman Rita Ali and current 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo are the two Peoria mayoral candidates advancing to appear on the April 6 general election ballot.

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More than 25,000 residents of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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The Peoria Federation of Teachers is going public with its concerns about the March 1 return to school after Peoria Public Schools administration declined to bargain over several issues deemed outside the union's purview.

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The rehabilitation of a low-income Peoria apartment complex is wrapping up. But the lengthy waitlist suggests there may be more demand than supply for affordable housing in the city.

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The Tri-County area announced sharp cutbacks in its allocation of first COVID-19 vaccine doses last week as the state directed local health departments to dedicate more to second doses.

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Bradley University is planning a full return to traditional, in-person education in the fall 2021 semester-- assuming current COVID-19 trends hold.

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A Galesburg man faces murder charges after an arson fire killed one person and left another seriously injured.

On Sunday, the Galesburg Fire and Police Departments responded to a house fire at 261 Pine St. A 50-year-old man was found outside the house. He was transported to the hospital with burn injuries, and later transferred to a burn unit.

Katrina Hainline, 60, was found dead inside the house after the fire was brought under control.

Police said the fire was intentionally set. Donald Denniston, 38, faces a first-degree murder charge and aggravated arson charges.

A Washington woman is dead after she apparently slipped down an embankment following a vehicle accident.

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Daniel Aschheim is the new Consul for Public Diplomacy for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

WCBU's Tim Shelley spoke to him after a recent Peoria Area World Affairs Council event. They chatted about Israel's relationship with the new Biden administration and other issues.

An underground gas leak forced the evacuation of buildings near Dozer Park on Monday morning.

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A Fulton County man is dead after his body was discovered in an icy pond in rural Astoria.

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UPDATE: 2/15/21 12 PM: The health department confirmed Monday that the vaccine projections for the next three weeks are for first doses, specifically.

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Surging overall demand for the COVID-19 vaccine may mask hesitancy among certain populations, particularly among communities of color.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County is currently administering around 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses a month. But all the pieces are in place to drastically upscale that operation--if only more supply was available.

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When it comes to the Peoria area's wishlist for state legislators, there's a lot of needs--from road repairs to renewing tax credits. But one item clearly comes in as the top priority.

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The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education gave its unanimous consent to a full return for in-person learners on March 1.

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Elevate Trampoline Park will discontinue Saturday teen nights at all Illinois locations following a large fight at its North Peoria location last Saturday.

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Bradley University will ease its campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions starting Tuesday.

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The Peoria Police Department is investigating after a large fight broke out Saturday night at Elevate Trampoline Park.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria City/County Health Department is now using a "1st dose saver" request form to be put on a COVID-19 vaccination wait list.

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Public university presidents recently wrote Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to make higher education a priority area for COVID-19 vaccinations. But with only a limited number of doses available, Pritzker said he made the decision to place higher ed staff and students in the 1C class--or at least behind K-12 employees.

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Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties continue to trend in the right direction on COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths.

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Natural Fiber Welding is opening a 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility just south of downtown Peoria.