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!

There are a lot of different ideas for filling the grocery gap on Peoria’s South Side and East Bluff. 

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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy  is working to craft policies to cut down on firefighter exposure to carcinogens.

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One Central Illinois company wants to make it easier for schools to recycle food waste.

Better Earth Logistics is rolling out a new composting program for schools in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Co-founder Luke Rosenbohm said he wants to teach future generations how to cut down on wasted food. 

“America is one big pothole.”

That’s according to Obama-era Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The Peoria Republican said Congress needs to look to his home state for inspiration on how to improve the condition of the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.

"We need to take a page out of the Illinois book, and 30 other states around the country that have raised their own gas tax, and get a bold bill with a good vision," said LaHood. 

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) said he is displeased with the way the capital bill quickly took shape. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a $45 billion infrastructure upgrade plan into law last month. 

“There was thousands of pages of bills introduced in a matter of hours that spent over $40 billion that we were supposed to vote on without anybody reading it. That’s bad form," he said. 

The Republican legislator said lawmakers were asked to vote on doubling the state motor fuel tax without getting a chance to actually know which projects would benefit. 

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A Peoria woman headed the wrong way on the interstate died when her vehicle collided with an RV on Saturday.

The Illinois State Police said Judy McLeese, 64, was headed west on eastbound Interstate 74 near Gale around 7:45 p.m. when her vehicle collided head-on with an RV. McLeese was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said McLeese was not wearing a seatbelt and likely died instantly. It is unknown why she was travelling the wrong way on the interstate. 

The driver of the RV was not injured. 


The Catholic Diocese of Peoria is preparing for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen after a  miracle was attributed to him.

Two Illinois State Police troopers were injured while attempting to arrest a Peoria man during a traffic stop near Morton on Thursday evening.

Police said a car driven by Damien Grant, 30, was pulled over at 5:15 p.m. for a traffic violation. During the stop, a trooper said they saw "criminal activity" happening in the vehicle. A second trooper arrived to help search Grant's vehicle, and a loaded handgun was found. 

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A recent incident in Chillicothe now has the park district asking: just what are the state’s rules for breastfeeding in or near a public pool? 

On Tuesday, a woman was breastfeeding her daughter while dipping her feet in the water at Shore Acres Pool. An employee asked her to cover up or go somewhere else. The woman claimed this broke the law. 

Chillicothe Park District Executive Director Kevin Yates said mothers are allowed to breastfeed at all of their facilities. But he said there’s a discrepancy in Illinois law when it comes to nursing near a pool. 

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A bill currently awaiting Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature would close a loophole in state law that allows some massage parlors to operate without state licensing. 

Flooding on the Illinois River has claimed a toll on another annual event. 

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For the first time, an Illinois governor joined in West Peoria's annual Independence Day parade. 

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A semi tractor-trailer transporting a load of ramen noodles overturned Wednesday night near Morton.

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Three people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in Central Peoria early Thursday.

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Independence Day got off to a bloody start in Peoria this year, with one person killed in a shooting and several others injured in multiple acts of violence.

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One man is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting in South Peoria early Thursday morning.

Central Illinois isn’t exactly seeing knee-high corn by the 4th of July this year.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhoffer said the corn crop is “all over the place” this year due to delays caused by wet weather.

“We’ve got corn that’s chest-high in the Peoria area, and we’ve got corn that’s ankle-high. So it’s going to be a very long harvest season come this fall," he said. 

Kirchhoffer says this is the first year he can remember where farmers were planting over three months: April, May and June. Usually, the planting process takes just two weeks.

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U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she is pressing for a federal disaster declaration for farmers in her district. 

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos says she hopes funding legislation she recently helped push through the House makes it through the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Bustos is a Democrat who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. She said she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t play partisan politics with the bills. 

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A Pekin man is dead after a two-vehicle accident in rural South Pekin.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office responded to Illinois Route 29 and Main around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. 42-year-old Chad Williams of Pekin was found trapped in a vehicle.

He was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. 

Harwood said a witness saw Williams pull out in front of another vehicle. 

The occupants of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation. 

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Get ready to celebrate the nation’s birthday with some fireworks.

The fireworks show at Glen Oak Park starts tonight around 9:15 p.m. As a result, Prospect will close from Nebraska to McClure around 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night, you can watch the UnityPoint Red, White and Boom fireworks show along the riverfront in Peoria or East Peoria. The show kicks off around 9:30 p.m. and wraps up around 10.

The Peoria Police Department is asking people to avoid sitting on Main between Washington and Water to keep the area clear for emergency vehicles. 

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

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What could a UnityPoint merger with Sanford Health mean for patients and prices?

A nationwide increase in falling deaths is raising concern over the quality of care for seniors.

Fatal falls in the U.S. have tripled, according to recent medical journal reports. More than 800 Illinoisans died after a fall from 2008 to 2014.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said while falls might not cause immediate death, they can lead to other fatal health problems.


CityLink riders want more service after dark and on weekends. That’s the biggest takeaway from the recently-released “CityLink on the Move” study.

The Knoxville, Garden, Western, Sheridan and Parkview routes currently don’t operate after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, or 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The routes don’t run at all on Sundays. 

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Morton’s Village Board voted unanimously last night to ban cannabis businesses from starting up within village limits. 

The recreational cannabis law recently signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives local municipalities a wide amount of leeway on regulation of cannabis businesses. The Morton ordinance bans cannabis cultivation centers, dispensaries, processors, transportation companies or craft growing within the village. 

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The Peoria Housing Authority is taking a big step towards redeveloping the Taft Homes. 

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A Peoria man has died after he was struck by a falling tree limb at his Central Peoria home on Sunday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Nathaniel Peck, 39, was found lying in his yard unresponsive in the 4200 block of N. Dayton around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A 40-foot long tree limb was found lying near Peck.

Harwood said a strong storm and winds likely caused the limb to fall. 

Peck was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m. Harwood said he suffered severe head trauma. 

There will be no autopsy. 

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The village of Morton is one of the first communities in the state to opt out of allowing cannabis businesses within village limits.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell is reminding drivers there are now stricter penalties for distracted driving. A new law which went into effect today makes the first instance of distracted driving a moving violation. 

“Prior to this it wasn’t on the first offense. Why this is significant is because anyone that receives three moving violations in a 12-month span is highly likely to have their license suspended by the Secretary of State’s Office," he said.