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!

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is displaying a collection of the works of the ultimate Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci.

This week Collin Krause of the Way Down Wanderers joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about recording, touring, and the band’s unique Peoria roots. Listen in as Collin gives an impromptu performance of PRINCIPLES OF SALT, the first track on the Album. 

Screenshot of Wednesday's Board Meeting / Tazewell County Clerk and Recorder

The Tazewell County Board is in a furor after County Clerk John Ackerman gave his employees raises after the board approved a budget next year. 


Extra police are on the Bradley University campus after a threatening note was found in Olin Hall this afternoon.

Police said the note threatened violence in that building tonight. The Bradley University Police Department said it hasn't been determined to be a credible threat, but BU and Peoria police are taking it seriously. 

Police officers are posted at each entrance of Olin Hall to check bags and personal belongings. Classes around campus will otherwise continue as normal. 

Recreational marijuana businesses have been a hot-button topic for many municipalities around the state. But it appears everyone is on the same page in Woodford County. 

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved Revolution Global's Delavan cultivation center to grow recreational cannabis.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he's "appalled" by reports of forced student isolation in Illinois schools and promised immediate action.

Courtesy IOCI Media

Governor J.B. Pritzker shot down the suggestion of amending the Illinois Constitution to address the state's public pension funding deficit.

Countesy City of East Peoria

It appears a protracted dispute over the East Peoria firefighter union's contract may be resolved.

The East Peoria City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the first reading with four ayes. Commissioner Dan Decker abstained.

Decker is a firefighter and former union member who's now in a management job. He voted on a previous version of the contract, raising questions over whether it was legal and proper for him to do so.

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Another hotel is set to open in East Peoria.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Downtown Peoria is getting several new additions in one historic building.

Photo by Christopher Korose for the Illinois State Geological Survey. \ Used With Permission

New research on a central Illinois crater suggests possible links to an Ice Age about 455 million years ago. 

Courtesy KDB Group

Legend says it was President Teddy Roosevelt who first gave historic Grandview Drive its name. 

The Partnership for a Healthy Community wants to lower the Tri-County suicide rate by 10 percent over the next three years. 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified next month.

James Herr and Alyce Jackson join Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about “Music in the McKenzie”, the monthly performance series that happens at the Peoria Public Library’s North Branch. James will performing a part of the series on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm along with HMM Harlan, Meister, and Mitts.

A Peoria supportive living facility's federal lawsuit over SNAP benefits is driving most of the state's congressional delegation to ask for the funding's release. 

Keokuk Junction Railway Company

Pioneer Railcorp's sale to a private equity firm apparently means the annual Santa Train won't be rolling into rural Peoria and Fulton County towns anymore.

For the past 10 years, Keokuk Junction Railway Company's annual Santa Train visited Glasford, Canton, Mapleton, Breeds, Cuba, Smithfield, and other small towns along the railway tracks each December, bringing Santa's holiday caboose along every year. 

Glasford Village Clerk Tammy Jo Stetler said the new owners of the railway informed village leaders they won't be continuing the annual holiday event. 

Spanky Edwards for Congress

A Peoria Democrat says the people of the 17th Congressional District need another option in the March 2020 primary besides incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation needs donations for their Little Free Pantries.  The pantries are set up at 14 schools across the district. This month, they're hosting a Thanksgiving food drive.  The pantries also stock hygiene products and household items.

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Peoria Journal Star's parent company will merge with Gannett to create the nation's largest newspaper chain.

The judge presiding over Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler's domestic battery case has recused himself. 

The Peoria County Coroner says a 6-month-old girl died from a lack of oxygen to her brain. 

Illinois Sierra Club

A federal judge has approved a consent decree to close the E.D. Edwards power plant by the end of 2022. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment. 

Kristin McHugh

UnityPoint Health is abandoning plans to merge with South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

UnityPoint didn't offer a reason for dropping the tentative merger plans, but said in a statement they maintain "great respect" for Sanford. 

Creative Commons

A 20-year-old Peoria man faces murder charges in connection with the death of his 6-month-old daughter.

Quest Charter Academy's leaders say they'll prove to the Peoria Public Schools Board that it deserves to continue. 

The Peoria Public Schools board unanimously approved a conditional 2-year renewal for Quest Charter Academy.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

World War II veteran Karl Schmidt of Peoria was the keynote speaker at Illinois Central College's Veterans Day event Monday.