Craig 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Chicago prepared to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said politics in Illinois would qualify as a Shakespearean tragicomedy.
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.
The proposal approved in committee on Tuesday would add active and prior military personnel to those protected by the city’s hate crime ordinance.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has said she has enough votes to approve a new countywide tax on ammunition for handguns and rifles.
Governor Bruce Rauner has backed down on restrictions imposed this summer for state child care assistance.
The hospitality industry and some commissioners are predicting a calamity, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.