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!

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Just two years after Ernie's Dairy Dream re-opened on Peoria's South Side, the business is looking to pick up and leave the city.

The murder case of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks is back in adult court. 

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Activists from across the world are protesting today in an effort to drive governments to address climate change.

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in connection with yesterday’s stabbing in the North Valley neighborhood. 

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Developer Kim Blickenstaff is adding yet another project to his plate. This may be his biggest yet.

Peoria At-Large Councilman Zach Oyler is trying to submit polygraph readings as evidence in his domestic battery case.

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The past president of the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals spoke Wednesday in Pekin for a National Recovery Month networking luncheon. 

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A recently closed Central Illinois confectionary institution is coming back under new ownership. 

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The intersection of River Road and Camp Street in East Peoria may soon become easier to navigate. 

The East Peoria City Council rolled out the welcome mat for recreational cannabis Tuesday.

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"This American Life" host Ira Glass will appear at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg this Saturday. 

Glass' talk, "Seven Things I've Learned," starts at 7:30 p.m. "This American Life" reaches more than 2.2 million people every week on more than 500 public radio stations across the U.S., including WCBU. Another 2.5 million download the podcast every week. 

Glass began his career at NPR in 1978. He's hosted "This American Life" since 1995. 

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The FDA is weighing a crackdown on flavored vapes as more people are suffering from respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarette usage. Seven people are now reported dead, including one from Illinois. 

The Peoria International Airport is continuing to set new passenger records this year. 

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The truck-tractor driver involved in an accident with a charter bus Monday faces multiple citations. 

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 39-year-old Daniel Fitzgibbons of Dubuque, Iowa rear-ended a charter bus headed northbound on Interstate 155 near Delavan around 10 a.m. 

Ten of the 29 occupants of the charter bus went to area hospitals to get checked out. None suffered life-threatening injuries. 

A program aimed at helping farmers adapt more environmentally sustainable practices is expanding fast.

The S.T.A.R. program started in Champaign County two years ago. Forty-two other counties are now on board, including Peoria, Mason and Tazewell.

Here’s how it works. Farmers fill out a worksheet to grade their current soil and water conservation practices. Then they send it in.

Bruce Henrikson is the project coordinator. He said many central Illinois farmers don’t initially make the grade. 

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is calling for federal regulators to scrutinize the closure of four coal-burning power plants in Central Illinois.

Rules adopted by the state earlier this year required Vistra Energy to cut 2,000 megawatts of power generation in Illinois to be in compliance.

The Texas energy company announced it close power plants in Havana, Canton, Hennepin and Coffeen by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval. 

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A group of Illinois Democratic lawmakers want to cap insulin prices at $100 per month.

Three Republican candidates have filed to run for the 17th Congressional District. 

East Moline attorney Esther Joy King, U.S. Army veteran Eugene Farrell of Roseville, and Bill Fawell of Galena filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. 

King has made appearances at events throughout the sprawling 17th Congressional District since declaring her candidacy last month. She recently appeared at the Pekin Marigold Festival with the Tazewell County Republicans. 

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The E.D. Edwards coal power plant in Bartonville would close in 2022 as part of the settlement of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several environmental groups. 

The Clean Air Act lawsuit was filed by the Natural Resources Defenses Council, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association. The suit alleged the Bartonville plant repeatedly violated opacity standards for smoke, particularite matter limits, and federal reporting requirements. 

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It's been about 40 years since the FBI first declassified its cache of documents on Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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A 6-alarm fire at a Pontiac furniture warehouse kept 21 fire departments busy for most of Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has hired the first Latina executive director to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office has reached an $850,000 settlement with a LaSalle County chemical company that dumped thousands of pounds of a likely carcinogen near the Illinois River. 

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in the shooting death of 42-year-old Eddie Wren.

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A pair of new exhibits make their big debut tomorrow at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art sent photography from famous 20th century artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Sally Mann to Peoria. 

The works usually don’t leave New York City. Museum curator Bill Conger said the 80 works on display are precursors to contemporary artistic photography. 

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Peoria native Shaun Livingston is retiring from the NBA.

David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about “Brahms and Bruch”, the concert opening the 11th Season of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Featuring Brahms’ melodious Second Symphony and the Bruch Violin Concerto, tune in to find out why this particular symphony holds a special place in the heart of the maestro.

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Three century-old weekly newspapers in Tazewell County are no more.

Or rather, they're now all one. 

The East Peoria Times-Courier, Morton Times-News, and Washington Times-Reporter merged with the relatively new Woodford Times to create the new "Times-News Reporter."

In an unsigned note to readers, the new GateHouse publication said readers will continue to receive their free paper on Wednesdays.

"Thank you for your continued support of our brand of journalism - reliable, accurate and community-focused news," read the note. 

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A 42-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the neck Thursday evening in Peoria's East Bluff.

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A registered sexual offender from Canton was arrested for soliciting sex from an underage girl.

The Canton Police Department said Jeremy Mentzer, 28, began talking to the girl on Sept. 2 via social media. Police said he was using a fake name.

Detectives posed as the juvenile girl and got Mentzer to agree to meet at a predetermined location. He was arrested by police when he arrived. 

He was arrested for indecent solicitation of a child, a class 2 felony. 

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