Ameren released plans to build a high power transmission line through Illinois with different proposed routes. One of the routes included running across Shelby County. County landowners and their attorneys, and with the help of State Representative Adam Brown and State Senator Chapin Rose, voiced their opposition to the proposed route. In the end Ameren abandoned the routes through Shelby and Moultrie counties, opting for a route through Piatt and Douglas counties.
In 2013 Shelbyville mourned the passing of its mayor Roy Shuff after a fight with cancer.
Shuff was an avid supporter of all things Shelbyville, taking part in the Sister City program with Okuwa, Japan, working to keep International Paper in Shelbyville, and advocating city improvement projects such as the Downtown Streetscape project and the minipark. He served on the Shelby County Economic Development Committee and the Chautauqua Committee
Shuff served as mayor from 2007 until his death May 31.