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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Police are investigating after someone reportedly fired a gunshot into a house near the Bradley University campus. 

Three suspects reportedly knocked on the door of a house in the 1400 block of Main on Monday night just before 10 p.m. When the resident opened the door, a suspect pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into the hallway.

The suspects then fled east in a red sedan. No injuries were reported.

The suspects are described as black males between ages 14 and 18. They were wearing large black puffy jackets, black pants. One wore a white knit hat. 

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she's concerned about the situation in Iran and Iraq following the U.S. assassination of a prominent Iranian general.

A state disciplinary commission said Tazewell County's former public guardian used money he was supposed to be managing for others' benefit for himself. 

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said Matthew Stropes illegally steered more than $30,000 he was managing for three men with disabilities while serving as the county's public guardian between his appointment in 2009 and 2019. 

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A veteran American diplomat says Iranian retaliation for America's assassination of one of their top generals in Iraq could take many forms.

The Defense Department says it took "decisive action" to protect Americans when it killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike. The move has inflamed an already tense state of affairs between Iran and the U.S.

Ronald Neumann is the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria, and Bahrain. He's a Middle Eastern policy expert who now serves president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. 

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When asked about the greatest risks in sex work, one Peoria-area sex worker bluntly replied with one word: "death."

The Heartland Festival Orchestra celebrates 2020 with Broadway favorites inspired and influenced by the world of rock music.

Artistic Director David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about how American Musical Theatre has evolved over the last four decades to maintain its cultural relevancy and popularity. Broadway stars Dan Domenech, Morgan James, and LaKisha Jones join the HFO for this rockin’ start to the New Year.

Tickets and information at heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

A lone Democrat joined Illinois' House Republican delegation in signing a legal brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to "reconsider" the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion access nationwide.

More than 200 members of both houses of Congress signed the amicus brief filed with the high court on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago) joined Illinois Republicans Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost and John Shimkus.

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Central Illinois' first baby of the new decade was born this morning at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.

Sullivan Swanson was born at 12:21 a.m. to Michael and Leah. He weighed 7 pounds, 4.7 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

The parents call Sullivan their "miracle baby." He was born after the couple went through four years of IVF treatments. The Swansons are adoptive and foster parents to two other boys.

Methodist's maternity team presented the family with a basket of new baby items and toys.

Rumors that Illinois gun owners will lose their firearms if they use cannabis under the state's new legalization mandate are false.

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More than 200 people lined up outside Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria to buy legal recreational marijuana on New Year's Day.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said there will be "noticeably heightened law enforcement visibility" on and around the campus as crime concerns mount. 

A number of incidents, mostly armed robberies involving handguns, have been reported near the campus. The latest incident last week involved a victim unaffiliated with the university robbed at gunpoint on the sidewalk between Westlake Hall and Bradley Hall. 

Three Central Illinois cannabis dispensaries plan to open New Year's Day as the state's new recreational marijuana law goes into effect. But you might not be able to smoke what you buy.

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Passenger trains last rolled into a Peoria train station in the early 1980s. But there may be a way to link the River City's residents to the rails once again.

The Bradley University Police Department said someone was robbed at gunpoint on campus Thursday evening.

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Three people were found murdered in the small Livingston County village of Cullom on Christmas Day.

UPDATE: The fugitive has been found.

ORIGINAL: The Minier Police Department is asking residents to lock their doors and windows due to a wanted fugitive in the area.

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UPDATED:  A missing Deer Creek man whose remains were found Monday in rural Tazewell County died of blunt force trauma, according to autopsy results.

Peoria and Tazewell County hospitals are asking people to limit hospital visits to avoid spreading the flu. 

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Three people are dead after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their vehicle.

Illinois 18th Congressional District Democratic candidate Mark Haasis is ending his campaign.

The Peoria Public Library is embracing new forms of digital media as the third decade of the 21st century dawns.

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The Dream Center's newly expanded $1.2 million emergency homeless shelter is opening today.

Tune in as Jenn Gordon talks with Bruce Colligan from Peoria Players Theatre about celebrating the New Year in style. The Musical Review “A Ring-A-Ding-Ding! New Year” features some of the best vocal talent in Peoria singing showstopping numbers inspired or introduced by “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. The performance takes place on December 31 at 7:30pm. For tickets and information visit peoriaplayers.org

As expected, Central Illinois' congressional delegation split along party lines on the roll call for two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) voted to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) both voted no.

Thirteen members of Peoria's Bomb Squad gang were convicted on federal racketeering charges Tuesday.

The charges alleged the 13 men engaged in murder, attempted murder, assault, and arson as part of their gang activities. 

The federal jury found Eugene Haywood, 25; Raevaughn Rogers, 20; Kenwan Crowe, 21; Ezra Johnson, 24; Jahlin Wilson, 23; Andre Neal-Ford, 21; Lance Washington, 23; Torieuanno White, 25; Sherman Williams, 25; Lloyd Dotson, 29; Keith Gregory, 20; Mytrez Flora, 25; and Kentrevion Watkins, 21; all guilty.

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A University of Illinois farm economist painted the picture of just how bad 2019's wet weather was for the agricultural community.

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A frequent forum for political protest in Peoria was the host for about 100 ralliers calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment Tuesday.

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Tazewell County deputies have arrested a 52-year-old Sunnyland man for the murder of a missing Morton man.

Representative Cheri Bustos says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

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East Peoria's NuMed cannabis dispensary will sell adult-use products on New Year's Day.

The dispensary was quietly awarded permission to sell recreational cannabis last Friday by state regulators. An employee of the store confirmed they expect to have product on January 1st...but didn't know what time they'll open their doors.

The city of East Peoria approved recreational cannabis zoning regulations earlier this year. 

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