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Craig Dellimore

dellimore250 Craig DellimoreCraig Dellimore, political editor for WBBM, joined the station in 1983 after working for several years with the Associated Press Radio Network in WashingtonD.C. He says that he been honored to take over a post masterfully manned by Bob Crawford, whose more than three decades of work set the standard for broadcast political reporting in Chicago.

During his time at WBBM, Craig has performed a variety of jobs, including anchor, managing editor, legislative correspondent and suburban bureau chief.

Craig says he has covered a number of national political conventions for WBBM, and that he enjoys the challenge of helping to inform listeners about important issues facing them. He also says he likes to get behind the traditional headlines and sound bites to illustrate why some political events are transpiring the way they have.

However, he says some of his most memorable stories have been outside of the political realm. Craig covered the tragedy of the 1994 crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Roselawn, Indiana. He also reported on the resilience of farmers and other Illinois residents along the Mississippi as they recovered from widespread flooding.

Craig also followed a west-suburban woman for over two years in her quest for a lung transplant which she eventually received. The story highlighted the growing need for organ donations.

Although Craig has done a lot of work outside the political spectrum, he says he really loves politics and his job.

Chicago Fire Department

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Jim Oberweis, a U.S. Senate candidate, talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

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Tom and Gail Wise pose with their 1965 Mustang in the Ford exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The car is the first of the iconic Mustang automobiles to be sold in the United States. Gail purchased the car new in Chicago after graduating from college for $3,447.50. She needed the car to commute to her new $5,000-a-year job teaching third grade at a suburban school. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

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A woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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A US government official with the State Department's Passport Services reaches for a new blank US Passport. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Screenshot of the new Chicago Public Library website (Credit: CBS)

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A puppy mill. (File Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States)

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Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

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Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses an anti-violence summit at Chicago State University. (CBS)

Emanuel Calls For Some Juvenile Records To Be Automatically Expunged

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Durbin: Progress Being Made On Prison Reform

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A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

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David Koschman

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Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner announces the formation of a committee of Democrats and Independents supporting his campaign. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

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Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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City Hall

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