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.

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Human Service Agencies Scaling Back As State Budget Impasse Continues

Officials with the region’s social service agencies and their supporters says the ongoing state budget impasse is having a growing effect on the work that they are doing, or trying to do, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Alderman Wants To Open Chicago’s Doors To Video Gambling, But Mayor Says No

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) has introduced a measure that would open the doors for video gambling machines in Chicago, but would allow aldermen to ban the machines from specific areas, or entire wards.


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Mayor Emanuel Defends Speed Camera Program Amid Reports Of Erroneous Tickets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the worth of the city’s speed camera program in the face of reports of nearly $2.5 million in erroneous tickets being issued, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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New Ordinance Would Prohibit Fast-Tracking City Asset Sales

At today’s Chicago City Council meeting, Aldermen are expected to approve an ordinance that will shed more light on any plans to privatize City services or City assets.


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Claypool Says CPS Ready To Make Budget Cuts If Springfield Increases Funding

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says his administration is ready to make more budget cuts if Springfield ups the ante on funding for the City’s school system, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.



Illinois Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Chicago Pension Case

The Illinois Supreme Court has heard arguments in the Emanuel administration’s attempt to save its pension deal with some city employee unions, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Emanuel: State Budget Impasse ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

As Chicago prepared to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said politics in Illinois would qualify as a Shakespearean tragicomedy.


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Dunkin Defends Siding With Rauner To Kill 2 Attempts To Thwart Governor’s Power

The Democratic state lawmaker who thwarted House Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to overrule Gov. Bruce Rauner on two crucial votes this week said he hopes his action helps bring more compromises in Springfield.


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Aldermen Seek To Protect Military Personnel Under Hate Crime Ordinance

The proposal approved in committee on Tuesday would add active and prior military personnel to those protected by the city’s hate crime ordinance.


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Preckwinkle Expects Approval Of New Ammunition Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has said she has enough votes to approve a new countywide tax on ammunition for handguns and rifles.


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Gov. Rauner Backs Down On Restrictions For State Child Care Assistance

Governor Bruce Rauner has backed down on restrictions imposed this summer for state child care assistance.


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Preckwinkle Formally Proposes Increase In Cook County Hotel Tax

The hospitality industry and some commissioners are predicting a calamity, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Survey Of CPS Principals Shows 6 Out Of 10 Leave Within 5 Years

A survey of Chicago Public School Principals says most of them are leaving the school system early and not necessarily in search of better pay, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Attorney General Lisa Madigan Joining FTC Crackdown On Harrasing Debt Collection Services

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining the Federal Trade Commission and other local law enforcement agencies in a crackdown on illegally aggressive debt collection services, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Cook County Amusement Tax Proposal Draws Fire From Some Commissioners

Some Cook County commissioners are raising their voices against plans to impose a county amusement tax on top of Chicago’s existing tax, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Cook Commissioners, Activists Call For Increase In Funding For Restorative Justice Programs

Some Cook County commissioners want to amend the county budget to boost funding for programs to keep young people off the streets and out of prison, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Transportation Firm To Bring 800 Jobs To Chicago

A Chicago-based transportation logistics company has announced plans to double its workforce in the city, after recently acquiring a Skokie-based operation. Echo Global Logistics CEO Douglas Waggoner said his transportation and technology company is absorbing a firm it acquired.


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Aldermen Begin Limiting Where Newly Legal Food Carts Can Operate

It’s been barely a month since the City Council opened the door for food carts to operate legally in Chicago, and already aldermen have begun carving out some parts of the city where they won’t be welcome.


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Alderman, Activists: Property Tax Hike Will Hurt Chicago Renters

A freshman alderman has joined community groups in predicting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed property tax increase would create a crisis in affordable rental housing.


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Aldermen Reach Compromise To Allow Ride-Sharing Drivers To Make Airport Pickups

In a compromise worked out today, drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to serve Chicago’s airports and the city might be able to hire a few more police officers, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.



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