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!

The Peoria Civic Center placed bids to host both the IHSA Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments for the next three years.

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On this week’s episode, fiber artist Dana Baldwin joins Jenn Gordon to talk about her stunning collection of dresses created out of film strips. The exhibit: Dana Baldwin - Film Dresses, is on display through end of January at the Peoria Art Guild. 

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A basketball arcade game manufacturer is celebrating its grand debut in Peoria.

The CEO of Peoria's Children's Home says it's important for non-profits to think like businesses, not charities.

Matt George wrote a new book..."The Nonprofit Game Plan: The Proven Strategy to Nonprofit Success."

George said just like for-profit businesses, non-profits need money to avoid cutting back on services. But he said there is important distinction.

"The difference in a for-profit is you may lose revenue or investors are not happy or the stock goes down. What happens in a not-for-profit, is it could mean life or death," he said. 

Both Peoria County State's Attorney candidates say youth outreach is how the county can begin to reduce its rates of juveniles charged with crimes. 

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Peoria International Airport is adding nonstop flights to the Music City. 

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It's rare to see additional faces in the few remaining bureaus in the state capitol these days. But WEEK/HOI's parent company is bucking that trend.

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A local food distribution company wants to start up a new side business to stay open: craft cannabis growing.

Eugene Farrell of Roseville is calling it quits on his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 17th Congressional District. 


Peoria Public Schools is formally cutting ties with a former school resource officer criticized for a racially insensitive social media post.

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Illinois isn't typically in play in presidential primaries. Peoria, even less so.

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Nobody was injured after a school bus transporting East Peoria high school students was involved in a crash Saturday. 

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With a record 25 homicides on the books in the city of Peoria last year, responding to violence and ensuring safety is a key campaign issue for both Peoria County State's Attorney candidates. But both candidates have different takes on how relationships play into that response.

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The two Democratic candidates for Peoria County Clerk bring different philosophies on how to improve the office's operations.

Commuters are about to get their first taste of the months-long closure of the Murray Baker Bridge to come.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Celeste Matheson and Rebekah Dentino join Jenn Gordon to talk about “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”, the deliciously clever comedy running Jan 10-12 and 17-19 and the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in Upper Bradley Park. 

The head of Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino's parent company says sports betting may be just what's needed to bring people back to a business that's steadily lost customers over the last several years as video gaming became more convenient statewide.

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State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) announced Thursday he's retiring at the end of his term. 

In his place, Widmer Fabrics CEO Win Stoller will fill the Republican nomination for the district, which stretches from Peoria to Galesburg. 

"With Central Illinois at a turning point, everyone must serve where they can cause positive change," Weaver said in a statement. "I believe I can now make the most positive impact closer to home by serving my community in a different position of service." 

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is warning the public of three deadly "designer drugs" he said are appearing locally.

Between October and December 2019, three people died from three different "new emerging psychoactive substances." 

Tianeptine, an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder, killed someone in October. The drug is showing up in various powders, counterfeit pills, and heroin. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a pair of ambitious criminal justice reform goals Thursday: the end of cash bonds and mandatory minimum sentences in Illinois.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) will run unopposed in March's Democratic primary.

Her challenger, Spanky Edwards of Peoria, was removed from contention by the Illinois State Board of Elections Thursday after a petition challenge was upheld. 

It now appears there is only one Republican contender in the race to succeed retiring state Rep. Mike Unes. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections sustained objections to the petitions of Pekin Republicans Corey Campbell and Samuel Goddard. 

This leaves only Pekin Mayor Mark Luft on the GOP ticket in March. He's set to face Democrat Josh Grys in November. 

Unes, an East Peoria Republican, announced his retirement last year as he takes a new job with UnityPoint Health. 

The seat covers swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties. 

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Advocate Eureka Hospital will be sold to Urbana-based Carle Health.

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It was a homecoming of sorts Thursday for Dr. Marquita Furness Davis. 

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A federal arbitrator is ordering the city of Peoria to rehire a police officer fired in 2018 for racially insensitive social media posts.

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A federal appellate court says the lawsuit against the city of Peoria filed by a man wrongfully convicted in a 1977 double homicide can sue the city for damages. 

Johnnie Lee Savory spent 30 years in prison for the rape and stabbing murder of 19-year-old Connie Cooper and the murder of her 14-year-old brother, James Robinson.

Savory, then 14, said police fabricated evidence, destroyed evidence that would exonerate him, and coerced a false confession from him after a 31-hour interrogation. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison. 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos isn't endorsing a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary yet, but she says it's important for the eventual nominee to understand something about districts like hers.

All signs point to Illinois losing a congressional district following the 2020 census. And if current population trends are any indication, that will mean less representation for downstate Illinois.

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Nashville prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole for alleged Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking, a Morton native. 

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Morton's AutonomouStuff came to this year's first major expo armed with a pair of big announcements.