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!

Midstate College via Facebook

Midstate College in Peoria will close its doors at the end of the summer session next month.

Wall Street didn’t like what it saw in Caterpillar’s second quarter earnings report...but there may still be some reasons for Big Yellow to feel optimistic this year.

Peoria County Property Tax Records

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor thinks the future looks bleak for Steak ‘n Shake.

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria will be honored by a state Democratic organization for helping to build up the party from the grassroots.

Peoria County Property Tax Records

Standard and Poor has serious doubts Steak 'n Shake will continue to be able to meet its financial obligations.

Peoria Public Radio

A person said they were robbed at gunpoint near Bradley University late Monday evening and forced to drive the robber to South Peoria. 

The Bradley University Police Department said a man in his 20s approached the victim near Bradley and Duryea around 10 p.m. The man pulled a handgun, demanded the victim's property, and made the victim drive him to Peoria's South Side. 

The suspect was last seen at Madison Park Terrace and Wiswall. The victim was uninjured. 

The suspect was 5'3" and wearing a red shirt and black pants. 

An investigation is continuing. 

Midstate College

Midstate College President Meredith Bunch says low and declining enrollment has forced the sudden closure of the 131-year-old private institution in Peoria. 

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said she hopes former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before a House committee tomorrow sheds more light on his report into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Perry Memorial Hospital

OSF HealthCare and Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton are eyeing "a variety of partnership options." 

(Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP)

The Grammy Award-winning rock band Goo Goo Dolls are making a stop at the Peoria Civic Center this autumn.

The Goo Goo Dolls will play in Peoria on November 5 as part of a nationwide tour promoting their new album, Miracle Pill

Tickets for the Peoria show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center box office and on TicketMaster. Tickets start at $35. 

The Goo Goo Dolls' biggest hits came in the 1990s. They're known for such song as "Name," "Iris," and "Black Balloon." 

Midstate College via Facebook

The announcement of Midstate College’s closure next month took students by surprise. 

Midstate College will close at the end of next month.

Peoria County Property Tax Records

Steak 'n Shake has agreed to an $8.35 million payout to 714 plaintiffs who allege the company broke federal and state overtime laws. 

Peoria County Jail

For the third time this year, a Peoria man faces charges after he was arrested following a police chase.

Brian K. Bearce, 37, was spotted by a Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputy just after midnight Sunday. The deputy recognized Bearce for his outstanding traffic and felony warrants during an attempted traffic stop at Derby and 14th Street in Pekin. 

Police said Bearce refused to pull over. During the pursuit, police said Bearce pointed a handgun out his vehicle window at a deputy. The chase ended when Bearce struck a vehicle at Sheridan and 8th. 

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A Peoria woman died Sunday due to the extreme heat, coupled with a lack of air conditioning.

Officiating high school sports may not be for those who take criticism to heart. 

Bradley University said the new $100 million Convergence Center won't begin hosting classes until the middle of the fall semester. 

Unattended food on a stove is likely to blame for a large fire at Koinonia House on Sunday evening.

Dave Mingus was appointed to serve on the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees.

Mingus is the former mayor of East Peoria and the CEO of TazWood Center for Wellness. He holds a master's in counseling and human development from Bradley University. He also graduated from ICC. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The annual bike giveaway at Peoria Public Library’s Lincoln Branch is continuing to encourage kids on the South Side to read throughout the summer. 

Will recreational cannabis legalization have a big impact on usage among teens? 

National Weather Service Central Illinois via Twitter

If you’re tired of this heat, be patient. Central Illinois’ heat wave isn’t going anywhere in the next few days, but relief is coming by the end of this weekend.

The City of Peoria has hired Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Rick Powers to lead the city's public works department.

Powers currently heads the Indiana DOT's LaPorte Division, with a staff of 500 employees and annual budget of $300 million. Powers was previously the head of the Indianapolis Code Enforcement Department and Co-Chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee. He previously worked in Virginia and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is in negotiations for a full merger with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in the Chicagoland area, the group announced Wednesday.

A medical research partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois is getting a big boost. 

Dick Durbin via YouTube

Senator Dick Durbin is joining a chorus of critics decrying President Donald Trump’s recent tweets and comments on four Democratic congresswomen of color. 

“This weekend, President Trump sunk to a new low. His tweets saying quote ‘four Democratic congresswomen should go back to their countries’ were racist and reprehensible comments. Elected officials of both parties should condemn the president’s statement.” 

The comments were made Tuesday on the Senate floor. 

One local organization is working to break down barriers around testing for and even talking about sexually transmitted diseases with teenagers.

Deric Kimler is the executive director of Central Illinois Friends. The group was started in 1990 by a group of local citizens concerned about the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then, the group has expanded into sex education and STD testing, prevention and treatment referrals throughout the 16 Central Illinois counties they serve. 

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Peoria Public Schools is adopting a new policy aimed at distracting cellphone usage in the classroom.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

It’s been half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 program was the only time the U.S. put astronauts on the surface of another planet.

Armstrong is one of just 12 people in all of human history to do so. But NASA is using the 50th anniversary to promote it’s new project, called Artemis. 

Illinois Central College

A new Workforce Development Center at Illinois Central College's East Peoria campus will receive a total of $9 million in government funding.