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Tim Shelley

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!

AP file photo/David Zalubowski

Governor J.B. Pritzker is setting an ambitious goal to get 750,000 electric vehicles on Illinois roadways by 2030. To make that happen, state transportation secretary Omer Osman says a massive build-out of charging stations is needed - and fast.


The commander of the Illinois National Guard says they will be forced to make major cutbacks if Congress does not reimburse them soon for the costs they incurred responding to the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Galesburg District 205 is buying school supplies for all its students this year.

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A truly open seat election for Congress is relatively rare and tends to attract a lot of interest from ambitious politicians. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' retirement creates a wide open field in the 17th Congressional District next year.

Two U.S. senators are investigating whether former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr improperly interfered with a federal probe into Caterpillar's tax practices.

Knox County is forming a task force to address a drastic uptick in violent crimes this year.

COVID-19 variants are now becoming commonplace.

Ray LaHood is no longer the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees.

Former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reportedly needed money for home repairs when he took $50,000 from the associate of a foreign national in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice says former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood took undisclosed foreign money while serving in President Barack Obama's administration.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he's now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for those hesitating to roll up their sleeves, he said not to take his word for it.


The Reverend C.T. Vivian died before finishing his memoir It's in the Action. That left co-author Steve Fiffer with the job of telling the rest of the civil rights icon's life story.

At this point in the pandemic, OSF HealthCare says it will not turn away the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine "if it's the only option" available for patients.

The quiet excitement in the room was palpable as five OSF Saint Francis Medical Center health workers sat down in a cushy blue chair one by one, rolled up their sleeves, and received their first dose of Pfizer's newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he's not yet ready to acknowledge Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the presidential election.

The wallaroo that roamed the streets of Peru on Wednesday afternoon likely will need a new home.

<--break->Chief Doug Bernabei of the Peru Police Department said a man who recently moved to the LaSalle County area owned the marsupial as a pet.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she has recovered from COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you're still processing the results from Election Night, you're not alone. Tim Shelley recently spoke with Bradley University political science professor Megan Remmel to break down what happened in some of the biggest races in Central Illinois.

A national political analyst says Republican Esther Joy King could give U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos a closer-than-expected race in the 17th Congressional District.

A $750,000 federal grant will expand anti-trafficking efforts in 46 central Illinois counties.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said the continual back-and-forth on additional coronavirus stimulus aid is unfair to the American public.

OSF HealthCare is adapting lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand breast cancer screening to low-income and minority women.

The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations is now looking into the 2018 death of a Army National Guardsman in Galesburg.

Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine and learn remotely for the next two weeks.

Despite recent sorting machine removals in Peoria and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots in November.

When Dr. Thomas Luft got a stuffy nose in June, he didn't think much of it at first.

Food insecurity and the invasive Asian carp are two familiar, longstanding issues in Peoria. But a new stakeholder group believes they've discovered a way to use one problem to solve another.

A 28-year-old Galesburg man faces federal charges of inciting riots in Chicago and Minneapolis - and handing out explosives to fellow rioters.

The city of Galesburg is considering joining the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan led by Peoria.