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!

Spanky Edwards for Congress

A Peoria Democrat says the people of the 17th Congressional District need another option in the March 2020 primary besides incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation needs donations for their Little Free Pantries.  The pantries are set up at 14 schools across the district. This month, they're hosting a Thanksgiving food drive.  The pantries also stock hygiene products and household items.

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The Peoria Journal Star's parent company will merge with Gannett to create the nation's largest newspaper chain.

The judge presiding over Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler's domestic battery case has recused himself. 

The Peoria County Coroner says a 6-month-old girl died from a lack of oxygen to her brain. 

Illinois Sierra Club

A federal judge has approved a consent decree to close the E.D. Edwards power plant by the end of 2022. 

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After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment. 

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UnityPoint Health is abandoning plans to merge with South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

UnityPoint didn't offer a reason for dropping the tentative merger plans, but said in a statement they maintain "great respect" for Sanford. 

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A 20-year-old Peoria man faces murder charges in connection with the death of his 6-month-old daughter.

Quest Charter Academy's leaders say they'll prove to the Peoria Public Schools Board that it deserves to continue. 

The Peoria Public Schools board unanimously approved a conditional 2-year renewal for Quest Charter Academy.

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World War II veteran Karl Schmidt of Peoria was the keynote speaker at Illinois Central College's Veterans Day event Monday.

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The Illinois State Police is investigating the death of a woman in the Tazewell County Jail.

Central Illinois is facing some unseasonably cold weather Monday - along with a helping of snow. 

The Peoria Symphony’s upcoming “Unforgettable” concert offers an evening of classical music and jazz that spans three centuries, featuring jazz vocalist Judy Page and the Todd Kelly Quintet. Pianist and composer Derel Monteith joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about the common threads that can connect and even fuse together classical music and jazz. Darell also talks about the thrill of creating a new arrangement of Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinari’s Here’s to Life for Judy Page to debut with the orchestra.


Bradley University is weighing cuts and new programs to tackle an $8 million budget deficit.

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The non-profit Leapfrog Group's Fall 2019 Hospital Rankings are out. Some Peoria-area hospitals stack up better than others.  OSF Saint Francis Medical Center received an A, as did OSF Saint Mary in Galesburg. 

“We are pleased but not surprised at these high ratings,” said OSF Saint Francis President Bob Anderson in a statement. “Providing the highest level of care has always been our focus and it’s great to see our efforts recognized in this way.”

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Richwoods High School was rated in the top 10 percent of STEM schools in the country by Newsweek magazine.

The mayor, village clerk, and entire police department of East Galesburg have resigned en masse. 

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Another big new mixed-use development is coming to the Warehouse District. 

Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress is gearing up for a run against Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler.

Sears Holding Corp.

The Sears at Northwoods Mall in Peoria is closing. 

Ninety-six Sears and Kmart stores across the country are closing as part of a recent $250 million infusion of new capital into the struggling retailer. 

Going-out-of-business sales will start Dec. 2. This leaves Sears Holdings with just 182 stores open nationwide. 

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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy is retiring. 

OSF’s venture capital arm is investing in a new healthcare data company. 

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Bradley University President Gary Roberts says a small number of colleges exploiting predominantly African-American star athletes may ruin sports for all of higher education.

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Competitive video games are poised to overtake traditional athletics in the next 10 to 20 years. 

An Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer from Knox County was charged with official and sexual misconduct.

The Illinois State Police said Garrick Randolph, 52, faces two counts on each charge. On August 12, a female parolee reported Randolph sexually assaulted her in her Galesburg home. A second parolee interviewed by officers also said Randolph sexually assaulted her. 

Randolph was arrested on Oct. 23. He posted bond the same day. Each warrant was for $75,000 bond. 

Peoria Public Schools board members heard Quest Charter Academy's arguments for five more years of funding at a public hearing Monday night.

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The Peoria Innovation Hub formally kicked off Monday in downtown Peoria. 

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Revolution Global CEO Mark de Souza sees good signs for the future of cannabis in Illinois.