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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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived in East Peoria with full fanfare on Wednesday morning.

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Starting Thursday, Peoria County voters who choose to have their ballot mailed to them can pop it into a new secure dropbox outside the county Election Commission office on Brandywine Drive.

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Rockford attorney David Black is running as the Illinois Green Party's candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride is asking voters to retain him for another 10-year term in November. The results of that race could have an impact on the partisan lean of the state's highest court for years to come.

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Nearly seven months of coping with lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people on edge.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover crash involving Dunlap Fire Chief James Hanson.

Bradley University is lifting the all-student quarantine on Wednesday, but many COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place.

Two Stark County men are dead after drowning near Williamsfield over the weekend.

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The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute will soon call home the former Midstate College campus.

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About 4,000 University of Illinois Chicago medical employees are currently on strike statewide, including 150 employees of the College of Medicine in Peoria (UICOMP).

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Two candidates for local office gave brief statements making their cases to voters at the League of Women Voters Greater Peoria candidate's forum Thursday night.

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Jim Combs may be stepping down as director of the East Bluff Community Center he helped start, but he'll always be a huge part of it.

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Bradley University is making good on its promise to step up disciplinary enforcement to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

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At Eureka College, the fall semester is going "so far, so good" despite the new challenges presented by COVID-19.

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East Peoria City Council members spent most of their meeting Tuesday night explaining the additional fees on water and sewer bills to concerned residents.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread on campus under control.


The Illinois Department of Transportation is studying the reconstruction of Knoxville Avenue from Pennsylvania to just north of War Memorial Drive.

Peoria 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo said he's not running for another term next year, but he is eyeing a potential mayoral run.

Montelongo was elected to his current seat in 2013. Before that, he served four years as an at-large councilman.

"Two, four-year terms in one position should be plenty for anyone in public office to get things done. Now is the time to move up or move out of the way. So, it is time to pass the baton on to someone new to keep all the great things moving forward," Montelongo said.

East Peoria entrepreneur Roy Sorce is proposing a recreational cannabis start-up in the city's downtown.

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Five residents from Peoria and Tazewell counties died this weekend from COVID-19.

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The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations is now looking into the 2018 death of a Army National Guardsman in Galesburg.

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Tazewell County is at a COVID-19 warning level again.

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Bradley University's one-week COVID-19 positivity rate now stands at 14.4% as the university experiences a spike in new cases.


A man suffered a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound on the East Bluff Thursday afternoon.

You know it's getting close to election season crunch time when candidates start popping up on your local airwaves.

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Bradley University is looking to correct the institution's COVID-19 course with a two-week all-student quarantine period.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride wants to serve on the state's high court for another 10 years.

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Gloria Clark-Jackson is telling her brother's story, 50 years after the civil rights activist from Peoria was killed in a Chicago police raid.

Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine and learn remotely for the next two weeks.

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Despite recent sorting machine removals in Peoria and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots in November.