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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Washington is now a Walldogs mural community.

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More Peoria County youth are testing positive for COVID-19.

Peoria Area CVB

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is focusing more attention on attracting both tourists and locals to area destinations.

The Peoria Public Schools board spent more than two hours Wednesday night discussing refinements to its fall Return to School plan.

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About 50 people gathered Wednesday afternoon for a peaceful Black Lives Matter event on the Metamora square.

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The East Peoria Fire Department wants to transport all rescue calls within the city's corporate limits.

We've become accustomed to daily tallies of new COVID-19 statistics in the news. But one researcher at Western Illinois University argues absolute numbers and percentages tend to give a misleading picture when comparing different communities.


A coalition of Illinois business groups is launching a new campaign against the graduated income tax constitutional amendment voters will consider on November's ballot.


The Morton Pumpkin Festival is still on for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic means it will look different than any of the previous 53 celebrations of the village's signature crop.

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The Peoria Housing Authority's leadership is pledging better communication with residents after closure of the Taft Homes gates and a bolstered private security presence caused confusion and alarm over the weekend.

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The city of Peoria is applying for funding to convert Fulton Plaza into a two-way street next year.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing sites in Pekin and the East Bluff are now appointment-based.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Aaron Chess is announcing his candidacy for Peoria's 1st District council seat.

Peoria Firefighters Local 50 via Facebook

The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a major fire Thursday evening at the OSF Cardiovascular Institute.

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The Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is running a slate of at least eight candidates for state and county offices in November.

Prairie Farms is laying off 62 employees as it converts its Peoria milk production facility to a distribution center.

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The nonprofit Pekin Outreach Initiative recently purchased a house downtown to serve as a centralized resource for people experiencing homelessness in the city.

The East Peoria Police Department said its investigation into a Sunnyland woman who claimed she was attacked by two men on bicycles is closed after no evidence was found to substantiate the claim.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Washington police say they've made an arrest in the city's second reported homicide this month.

Dunlap CUSD 323 via YouTube

Dunlap students will be returning for full weeks of school this fall.


A man is dead after a shooting late Monday night on Peoria's South Side.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Washington Police Department is investigating the city's second homicide this month.

The central Illinois real estate market hasn't been immune from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, but local Realtors say there are some good signs on the horizon.

Seven people were shot in four different shooting incidents overnight in Peoria.

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

For the first time in months, residents of Illinois long-term care facilities can once again visit with loved ones in person as Illinois moves into phase 4 of reopening.

Black Justice Project via Facebook

A coalition of Peoria community groups requesting the disciplinary records of several police officers involved in fatal incidents, say they're not satisfied with the statement released Wednesday night by Chief Loren Marion III and the police union.

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The Peoria Park District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to begin the process of exploring the potential removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Bradley Park.

Peoria Park District Zoom Call

The Peoria Park District Board of Trustees has approved temporary closures at three facilities as a cost saving measure.

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The Trump administration is moving to end federal funding for the COVID-19 testing site in Peoria on June 30.