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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There are more questions than answers when it comes to students returning to classrooms this August.

UPDATED 9 a.m. | The drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Bloomington will close Thursday and move to Peoria, which already has excess testing capacity at four community-based sites, WGLT has learned.

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The closure of Bloomington's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site this Thursday means more traffic from Bloomington-Normal may come through the Peoria area's four community-based testing sites.

Minnesota Public Radio

A new Asian carp operation in East Peoria would allow the "limited" processing and freezing of the invasive fish in an effort to reduce the species' numbers.

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The COVID-19 testing site at John Gwynn Jr. Park's Faucet Field will now only open on Tuesdays.


Bradley University students will be back on the Hilltop for fall classes.

Catholic Diocese of Peoria

A suburban Chicago priest is in line to succeed Bishop Daniel Jenky as the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria in about two years.

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More than four in ten people who tested positive for COVID-19 at one Peoria's three community-based testing sites were asymptomatic.

Peoria P&Z Documents

The former Midstate College campus is on track to become the new home of the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute.

An infant is safely in her mother's care after a vehicle was stolen with her still inside.

The vehicle was stolen just after 1 p.m. Thursday at Frye and California. The car was left running with the 11-month-old inside. The car was spotted near Monroe and Spring around 1:10 p.m. The vehicle was later found in an alley off the 1000 block of NE Madison, without the baby inside.

Around 3 p.m., the child was found alone in an alley in the 2600 block of N. Prospect. The child was in good condition, and reunited with her mother. She was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

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COVID-19 testing is now available for all adults at Peoria's three community-based testing sites beginning Friday  - even if they don't have any symptoms of the virus.

For recent college graduates, trying to enter the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic is a daunting task. But Jon Neidy, executive director of Bradley University's Smith Career Center, says there are reasons to be optimistic.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says there's a public health argument to be made for breaking down the four large "health regions" in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan.

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State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) said Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan doesn't work for cities like his.

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The village of Peoria Heights is distributing grants of up to $1500 each to help businesses make rent and mortgage payments.

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Convalescent plasma therapy is showing some early signs of success as a COVID-19 treatment.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's newly unveiled "Restore Illinois" plan splits the state into four "health regions" which could potentially reopen at different paces.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The entire East Peoria City Council said it supports Mayor John Kahl's decision to buck Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order and begin reopening businesses last week.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is the new strategic philanthropy officer for the OSF HealthCare Foundation.

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Peoria Ag Lab scientists are introducing their latest invention: a new and improved kitty litter.

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The Peoria Public Library is beginning curbside pickup of books and other items starting Wednesday.

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The city of Pekin passed a balanced $61.2 million budget - but not without some major cutbacks due to COVID-19.

Hawkeye Hotels

Hotels and hospitality are one of the hardest-hit industries by COVID-19.

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The businesses at Keller Station are finding new ways to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jury trials won't look the same once the governor's stay-at-home order is lifted.

A Peoria man is dead after a shooting early Sunday morning in the city's South Side.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl announced Friday he is forging ahead with his Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan in the face of Governor J.B. Pritzker's modified stay-at-home order.

As Woodford County and East Peoria go their own way against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order, Peoria County's chief prosecutor said she'll continue upholding it.