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!

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The city of East Peoria will allow nonessential businesses to begin reopening Friday.

A man in his 70s who lived at the Generations at Peoria nursing home has died. It's the fifth COVID-19 death in a nursing home reported in the Tri-County area since the pandemic began.

The Knox County Health Department is reporting a positive COVID-19 case in a baby girl.

Jeff Smudde / WCBU

Caterpillar is laying off more employees to cut costs in the wake of COVID-19.

All Tazewell County employees are returning to work next week.

Local golfers are raring to get back onto the course Friday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

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The Peoria Park District is saying "no" to many summer mainstays this year amid continuing uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CEO of the Par-a-dice Hotel and Casino's parent company said the East Peoria property may rebound fairly quickly once Illinois reopens for business.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger said he will not prosecute or enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's extended stay-at-home order.

There are several options on the table, but none of them were palatable enough to members of the Peoria City Council to move forward with plugging the city's gaping $50 million budget hole on Tuesday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

A week after the first Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing site opened, nearly half of all new cases diagnosed in Peoria County are stemming from swabs collected at the new community clinics.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

As COVID-19 testing expands in Central Illinois, so does the contact tracing efforts to identify more positive cases.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said it's time for the governor to talk with downstate leaders about a process to begin reopening their economies before the end of May.

Caterpillar's first quarter sales and revenue declined 21 percent in the first three months of this year, when compared to the same stretch of 2019.

The city of Pekin will let golfers drive their privately-owned carts on the streets to hit the links.

The Pekin City Council approved a new four-year contract with its police union after a lengthy discussion over its affordability and communication about the negotiations.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

There are increasing concerns among healthcare providers that people suffering major medical emergencies are avoiding the hospital due to COVID-19 fears.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said people have largely complied with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order so far, but he is seeing increasing signs of impatience.

One of western Illinois' largest employers is shutting down after a "small portion" of its 1,700-strong workforce tested positive for COVID-19.

The Monmouth Smithfield Foods plans produces about three percent of the country's fresh pork products. It also makes bacon.

At least two Rock Island County residents and one Warren County resident who worked at the plant tested positive for the virus on April 17. Further cases at the plant haven't been disclosed since then. Warren County has reported 45 positive cases since April 10.

A 21-year-old Galesburg woman is dead after she was stabbed at her home early Saturday morning.

An employee at the Dollar General store on Southwest Adams in South Peoria has tested positive for COVID-19.

Peoria County Government via Facebook

The Peoria County Board voted unanimously Thursday to begin winding down operations at the Heddington Oaks nursing home.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said while many were disappointed to hear the governor is extending the stay-at-home order through the end of May, it's important for people to continue adhering to it.

Bradley University is eligible for up to $4.2 million in financial help through the federal CARES Act. But there's still a lot of uncertainty on when and how that money may benefit the institution and its students.

Courtesy City of East Peoria

East Peoria is trashing its recycling program effective May 1.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Heartland Health Services is opening up testing to all adults displaying COVID-19 symptoms at its East Bluff site.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said Congress needs to act now to help out local governments.

The Peoria City Council asked city manager Patrick Urich to create a variety of potential borrowing and cutting scenarios for them to consider next Tuesday to balance the city's budget.

A man is dead after he drowned in the Illinois River Tuesday near the Fulton County community of Liverpool and the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge.

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