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!

The city of Peoria has negotiated a tentative $1.5 million settlement to end a lawsuit filed by the family of murder victim Kayla Fannon.

Bradley University is offering buyouts to all full-time employees in an effort to trim costs as the institution faces a grim upcoming year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Illinois River is expected to hit major flood stage in Peoria by Friday morning. Cities aren't waiting until then to start preparing.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria's new state-run COVID-19 testing site opens this Saturday. One perk - less intimitating nasal swabs.

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The Dunlap School District's new offices should be completed by this fall.

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Restaurants and bars are busily preparing to open back up for business outside next Friday.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified the young boy killed yesterday in a shooting police deemed accidental.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Unless your need is urgent, you probably won't be able to get in to see the dentist for a while longer.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

A child has died after a shooting deemed accidental in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

The East Peoria City Council gave an initial nod towards allowing businessman Roy Sorce's special use permit to process Asian carp caught in the Illinois River into bait.

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A new 4-story, $45 million mixed use development appears to be officially on the way to East Peoria's Levee District.

The city of Galesburg is considering joining the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan led by Peoria.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

It's getting harder for health departments to convince people who were in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient to stay at home and self-quarantine.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria hospitals are now offering the experimental drug remdesivir as a treatment option for certain COVID-19 patients.

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Morton Mayor Jeff Kaufman said while he likes both the Restore Heart of Illinois and Tri-County regional reopening plans, there's a major stumbling block that makes him wary of adopting it without the governor's blessing - liability.

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Illinois civil rights leaders say they're deeply concerned about displays of antisemitism at this past weekend's protests against Governor J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order.

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When dine-in restaurants begin reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease, it appears table spacing is the top concern for customers and restauranteurs alike.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The new state-run COVID-19 testing site in Peoria is now slated to open May 23.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria officials said Friday they'll be ready to implement their regional phased reopening plan in the next week or so.


Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is appointing a "Return to Campus" team to prepare for probable scenarios in the upcoming school year.

The Peoria County Board approved a 10.5 percent across the board cut to its 2020 budget as COVID-19 takes a bite out of incoming revenues.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria officials declined to take any new questions on the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan at the regularly scheduled COVID-19 press conference Thursday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County region saw perhaps its largest one-day tally for COVID-19 testing at its community-based collection sites thus far on Wednesday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

While local politicians are arguing for varying reopening timelines, small businesses are still largely focused on short-term cash infusions to stay afloat in the near term.


A 22-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Peoria on Wednesday evening.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Demolition of the former Bergner's at Sheridan Village has begun, marking the end of the iconic Central Peoria department store building.

Peoria County Government via Facebook

The 11-county "Heart of Illinois" subregion plans to implement its own, speedier reopening plan independently of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan, which lumps Peoria in with the Quad Cities and Rockford in reopening phases.

Bradley University will no longer require students to submit their standardized test scores to be considered for admission.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

After weeks of deliberation, the Peoria City Council is authorizing the city manager to draft operational cuts of up to $10 million to balance this year's city budget.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says the Bloomington COVID-19 drive-thru test site will move to the Peoria Civic Center this week.