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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In the last month, the Woodford County Health Department hired and trained up to six new contact tracers. Three of them already have quit.

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The Northern Tazewell Fire Protection District will contract with the Washington Fire Department for full-time ambulance service, starting Tuesday.

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Studies show blood plasma donated by people recently recovered from COVID-19 can provide some real benefits to those currently battling the disease. But in central Illinois, there's not enough to go around.

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The Heart of Illinois Food Pantry Network is encouraging healthy donations during its 12 Days of Giving campaign in December.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. WCBU's Joe Deacon talks to a group of Bradley University students participating in a NASA challenge aimed at putting astronauts back on the Moon. Plus, Tim Shelley speaks with UnityPoint Health-Methodist Chief Medical Officer Dr. Samer Sader about Central Illinois' desperate need for more convalescent plasma donations to treat COVID-19 patients.

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The COVID-19 pandemic will bring Thanksgiving holiday travel to its lowest counts in years, but millions of people are still ignoring advice from public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Our top story takes us to Morton, where Joe Deacon checks in on turkey sales at Yordy Turkey Farm. And WCBU Correspondent Tory Dahlhoff tells us how area social service organizations plan to distribute Thanksgiving meals this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ten more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19 complications in the past day, and health officials reported Tuesday a total of 209 coronavirus patients being treated at the Peoria-area’s four hospitals.

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The 10th Judicial Circuit is pausing jury trials until January as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in central Illinois.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Our top story tells us of a U.S. Department of Education investigation into reports of anti-Semitism on the University of Illinois campus. Lee Gaines brings us that story. And WCBU's Joe Deacon chats with newly elected Republican State Representative Mark Luft of Pekin about what he hopes to accomplish in Springfield - and why he plans to remain mayor of his hometown.

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The City of Peoria will have an eyepopping seven candidates for mayor to choose from on the February 2021 primary ballot.

UPDATED 2;45 P.M. TUESDAY | The South Side Mission will close its shelter for women experiencing housing insecurity in the coming days.

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The Tri-County region reports 1,043  new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and eight more deaths.


With more than 250,000 people dead as a result of this year's COVID-19 pandemic, more families may struggle with an empty seat around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

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For many families, this Thanksgiving will look like no other.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 20, 2020. Our top story tells us of a new free legal resource for Illinoisans to expunge cannabis convictions from their records. We talk to State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth about the program. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding travel this Thanksgiving. We hear from local medical experts about the safest ways to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she has recovered from COVID-19.

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For the second consecutive day, the Tri-County Area added more than 400 new COVID-19 cases, and more than 200 patients are hospitalized in the region as the pandemic’s second wave continues to surge.

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The Par-A-Dice casino will shut down to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker's new Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations.


A 29-year-old Peoria man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with a fatal weekend shooting.

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The Morton basketball team is benched after the Illinois High School Association bowed to Gov. JB Pritzker's announcement Tuesday effectively "pausing" the winter sports season as he tightens statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

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Fulton County has long been a reliable Democratic vote. In every election since 1988, the rural county just west of Peoria has turned out in force for the Democratic presidential nominee, including voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, November 18, 2020. You'll hear about how voters in once reliably blue rural counties like Fulton are shifting to the right. That's leading to tighter races for Democrats in places like the 17th Congressional District. You'll also hear from Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. She talks about why the district isn't practicing for the winter basketball season.

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The East Peoria City Council is standing by its non-enforcement of Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.

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A 31-foot tall Abraham Lincoln sculpture is heading to Washington.

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Peoria Public Schools District 150 will phase back to full remote learning after Thanksgiving.


Peoria police are investigating after a suspect reportedly fired shots at a plainclothes officer in South Peoria.


It appears Washington will have a contested mayoral race.

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The Tri-County region is reporting 1,059 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has tested positive for COVID-19.