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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A prominent redistricting reform advocate says he thinks the latest effort to change how the state draws legislative maps has enough support in the Illinois General Assembly to move forward. 

Bradley University

A Bradley University cybersecurity expert is leading research aimed at shielding whistleblower anonymity. 

Dr. Jacob Young will serve as the Senior Advisor on Cybersecurity for the National Whistleblower Center. He's the director of the Bradley University Center for Cybersecurity in Peoria. 

Young said with modern technology, it’s harder than ever for whistleblowers to stay anonymous and avoid retaliation for speaking out. 

IOCI Media Services

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the Clean Energy Jobs Act is unlikely to come up for a vote in the fall veto session.


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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 via Facebook

A $3.4 million federal grant will fill support gaps at Peoria’s three public high schools.

Peoria Public Schools received a School Climate Transformation Grant it will use to start the “Lights On, Peoria” program at Richwoods, Manual and Peoria Central. 

Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the grant will help vulnerable students and “ignite a fire” for their success. 

“If you work hard and you play by the rules, for the most part, one should have the opportunity to succeed. But for some students, we have to provide intervention," Kherat said. 

Doscotch Law

Peoria attorney Chris Doscotch will be the next judge on the 10th Judicial Circuit. 

Washington Police Department via Twitter

A Washington woman died Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash involving a truck-trailer.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley said first responders headed to the intersection of McClugage, just north of the Spring Creek Road intersection, around 9:15 a.m. after the semi and a passenger vehicle collided. 

Illinois State Police Trooper Haylie Polistina said the semi, driven by 47-year-old Francis Wesselhoff of Gridley, struck a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 76-year-old Jerry Bedwell after it failed to yield. 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving Peoria County $5.6 million to remove dangerous lead paint from homes.

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A nine-block stretch of downtown Peoria is now the Innovation District.

Tannins & Hops via Facebook

Tannins & Hops is no more, but expect the beer to keep flowing on Water Street. 

Brandy Bryant will serve in Rachael Parker’s old seat on the Peoria County Board.

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A 9-year-old faces five first-degree murder charges in connection with a fatal trailer fire in Goodfield last April.

Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger said that he reviewed multiple reports before making the decision to prosecute. 

Kathryn Murray, Jason Wall, and three children ages 2 and under died in the April 6 blaze at Timberline Mobile Home Park.

Katrina Alwood and a child escaped the fire. 

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the fire was intentionally set. He determined the five deaths were homicides. 

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Congress could use fewer showhorses, and more workhorses.

That's according to Sean Q Kelly. He's a political science professor at California State University and the co-editor of a recent book on House Minority Leader Bob Michel, Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. He said the Peoria Republican listened and was willing to do the hard, unglamorous work to get legislation passed.

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Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said further polarization is the most likely result to come out of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Tannins & Hops via Facebook

It appears the Warehouse District's speakeasy is permanently closed. 

Tannins & Hops was opened at 619 SW Water in 2017 by Bryan Harlan at the old Rhodell brewery building. The bar temporarily closed in August for undisclosed reasons. 

On Monday, a message on the bar's Facebook page announced it will not reopen. 

City of Peoria

The 19th-century railroad turntable at Peoria’s Riverfront Park may soon go to a new home. 

The Monticello Railway Museum in east-Central Illinois wants to use the historic turntable as part of its functional railroad. 

“We are now looking at developing more comprehensive plans for the Riverfront Park, Bridge to Bridge and beyond. And it just doubled up, like we should make sure this goes into productive use," said Assistant City Manager Deborah Roethler. 

Courtesy Peoria Riverfront Museum

OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Easterseals Central Illinois are partnering to better coordinate care for people with autism.

Where should art live and how should it be experienced by a community? Natalia Villanueva Linares joins Jenn Gordon to talk about The Terrain Biennial – and international festival of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches. Listen and find learn about the local artists featured at the Hale Memorial Church site as well as other Peoria locations.

The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will host a multistate conference next spring focused on fighting human trafficking. 

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An 8-year-old girl is expected to recover after she was shot in the leg this morning on Peoria's West Bluff.

Luke Burdsall is the latest addition to the WEEK team.

The Pennsylvania native joins Semone Doughton and Meteorologist Jesse Guinn on 25 News Today starting next Monday, Oct. 7. 

Burdsall comes to the Peoria-Bloomington TV market from Lake Charles, La., where he was an evening anchor at NBC affiliate KPLC. He joined that station in June 2018. 

He's a graduate of Temple University. 

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Early childhood educators from across the state met in East Peoria Thursday to learn more about implicit biases - and how they can address them. 

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Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman says Illinois is at the forefront of election security following the 2016 elections. 

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Brothers Kenny and Wayne Baum will co-chair this year’s Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign.

The campaign runs November through January. It raises money for holiday assistance and financial support for people throughout the Peoria area. 

Wayne Baum is board chairman of CORE Construction.

“Peoria is such a generous community. I mean, in so many causes. They basically never say no; they reach out, small donations, large donations. And they always seem to come up with the necessary needs of the community," he said. 

Karla for IL88 via Facebook / Illinois General Assembly

A Bloomington Democrat will challenge Republican state Rep. Keith Sommer for his seat next year. 

U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Pennsylvania

An alleged conspiracy to import and distribute deadly fentanyl and synthetic opioids touched Central Illinois. 

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia announced charges against three Chinese nationals Tuesday. Deyao Chen, Guichun Chen, and Liangtu Pan face 63 drug-related criminal charges. 

Donald Trump's presidential re-election campaign has named four of Illinois' five GOP congressmen as honorary co-chairs.

Trump Victory Illinois named Representatives Darin LaHood, Rodney Davis, John Shimkus and Mike Bost. Missing from the list was Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon), an occasional Trump critic.

Kinzinger made headlines this week when he called a Trump tweet alluding to a "Civil War like fracture" if the president is impeached "beyond repugnant." 

A panel discussion on former House Minority Leader Bob Michel's legacy and a new book on the Peoria Republican is set for next Monday at Bradley University.

The discussion will feature Frank Mackaman and Sean Q. Kelly, the authors of Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. The discussion will also feature former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley. Chris Kaergard of the Peoria Journal Star will moderate. 

If you've turned on the local TV news in the past week or two, you've probably noticed a couple new faces. 

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