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!

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The Peoria Innovation Hub is gaining forward momentum.

Governor J.B. Pritzker will be in Peoria Monday to kick off the next steps for the hub. It’s an affiliate of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and the Illinois Innovation Network

Michelle Conger is the Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, one of the partners in the project. 

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For Halloween this year, Peoria is dressing up as a winter day. 

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A $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois will allow the Center for Prevention of Abuse to continue and expand its human trafficking education programs in area schools. 

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Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the 2019 School Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education is good news for the district. 

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The suspect in an alleged attempted murder incident in South Peoria has died. 

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Peoria Public Schools is taking steps to address its high rates of racially disproportionate discipline.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The National Weather Service is projecting an early season snow for Central Illinois.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Wednesday morning. Total snow accumulation is expected to be 1 to 2 inches in the Tri-County area, with up to 3 inches possible in Galesburg. 

The NWS Lincoln Office said a rain/snow mix will develop Tuesday night, and change to mostly snow later tonight into Wednesday. 

Ground temperatures will remain warm, but some slick spots may develop on secondary roads, bridges and overpasses. 

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A snow removal expert says it is important for plow drivers to use the least amount of salt possible on the roadways to limit environmental impacts. 

Mark DeVries was the keynote speaker at the Snow and Ice Workshop in East Peoria for public works employees on Tuesday. He said once salt gets into the water system, it can have some serious impacts.

“So no matter what we’re using, we want to use only what we need in winter maintenance," he said.  

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The man who’s spent nearly 60 years behind bars for the grisly murders of three women at Starved Rock State Park will soon be up for parole again.

A 20-year veteran of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office was terminated for unprofessional conduct. 

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The Peoria Public Schools board voted 5 to 2 Monday against suspending classroom walkthroughs until the end of the school year.

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Revolution Global is adding housing to its list of properties in Delavan. 

Retiring state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is UnityPoint's newest executive.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

It appears the former flagship Bergner's store at Sheridan Village is destined for the wrecking ball.

Stephen King’s novel and subsequent films adaptations have thrilled audiences for decades. 

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is not running for a 6th term.

Unes announced Thursday he is retiring after his current term ends in January 2021.

Unemployment fell across most of Illinois over the yearlong span ending in September. But not in the Peoria region.

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Downtown Peoria's Madison Theater is featured in a new book on abandoned movie theaters.

Many young people leave the Peoria area for other cities when they start out on their own. But around Thanksgiving, they head home.

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Peoria's WAOE-TV is moving its antenna to LaSalle County. 

In July, the Federal Communications Commission approved Four Seasons Peoria's application to shift the station's main transmission site from Tazewell County to a location not far from Starved Rock State Park.

The antenna move still keeps the MyNetwork TV affiliate on the air in most of the Tri-County area, and the station will remain licensed to Peoria.

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The Peoria Heights Village Board unanimously approved developer Kim Blickenstaff’s plans to revive Al Fresco Park on Tuesday. 

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Four Central Illinois coal plants and a southern Illinois coal mine are slated to close by year’s end.

Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create new programs to help workers and communities impacted by the coal facility closures. And they say movement on the legislation is needed now. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said earlier this month he does not expect action on the legislation during this year’s veto session. 

But State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) says that is unacceptable. 

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Caterpillar is reporting a drop in sales and revenues, as well as profit per share.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was involved in a 9-year-old Goodfield boy's livelihood 14 times since his birth.

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The Peoria Police Department is looking for a key witness to a fatal hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

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The Pinecrest Drive overpass above Interstate 74 in East Peoria is set for replacement next year. 

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The Murray Baker Bridge will shine again. 

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) is calling on President Donald Trump to pull down a tweet comparing the House impeachment inquiry to a "lynching." 

Central Illinois will receive $1.52 billion under the five-year capital improvement plan released Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

The work funded by the Rebuild Illinois plan passed by the General Assembly earlier this year includes next year’s deck replacement on the Murray Baker Bridge, construction on U.S. Route 24 from Banner to Kingston Mines, a new bridge over the Illinois River at Henry, and work on Knoxville Avenue and Pioneer Parkway. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity after several arson incidents this month.

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