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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Stands By Plan Not To Raise Taxi Fares

Mayor Emanuel is standing firm against raising taxicab fares, even as he looks at other ways to allow regular cab drivers to make more money, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

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Firefighters respond to the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center  in Aurora on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Blasts FAA For Lack Of Backup For Crippled Air Traffic Center

“How could you have an airport that is so integral to the national and the international system with no backup capacity that one individual can have this impact?” Emanuel asked Wednesday.

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City Colleges Offer Free Ride To CPS Graduates With High GPA

The Chicago STAR Scholarship, which stands for Students Taking Academic Responsibility, would be offered to CPS graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.0, and who place into college-level math and English programs, and enroll in one of the various so-called “pathways” at any of the seven City Colleges of Chicago.

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U Of C Launches Program To Help Government, Nonprofit Officials Become Better Leaders

The University of Chicago has just launched a training academy to teach the leaders of not-for-profit groups and local government to be better leaders, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

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Cabbies, City Agree To Reforms; Centralized Dispatch, But No Fare Hike

With the city of Chicago allowing so-called ride-sharing companies to operate under fewer restrictions than traditional taxi companies, the Emanuel administration and cab drivers have reached an unprecedented agreement on reforms to help the taxi cab industry.

09/30/2014

President Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn eat at Valois in May 2014.

Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

President Barack Obama’s popularity might be wavering nationally, but it’s still pretty high in Illinois, and Gov. Pat Quinn was welcoming the president’s appearance at what’s expected to be a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday.

09/30/2014

Bruce Rauner (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Rauner Calls For Postponing Vote On State Income Tax Until After Election

The election for Illinois Governor is still weeks away, but Republican candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to veto the idea of lawmakers voting to make permanent the 2011 income tax increase before he has a chance to take office.

09/29/2014

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Oberweis Clash Over Gun Control, Taxes In Meeting WIth Tribune Editorial Board

Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and his Republican challenger Jim Oberweis verbally tangled over subjects ranging from gun violence and immigration to ethics in a meeting before the Tribune Editorial Board.

09/29/2014

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mayville talked about the U.S. and Arab air strikes in Syria against the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kirk Wants More Air Strikes On ISIS Targets In Iraq And Syria

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the level of bombings seen in Operation Desert Storm would do more damage than the relative handful of missions now underway in Syria and Iraq.

09/26/2014

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Thompson Center Rally Seeks Public Funds For Private Schools

Students, teachers and parents staged a big rally for so-called “school choice” at the Thompson Center today, trying to make sure their voices are heard in the debate over school funding.

09/25/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Admits Mistake In Proposing Planned North Side School Be Named After Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he was wrong to try to name a North side prep school for President Barack Obama.

09/24/2014

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City Encouraging Small Businesses To Use Social Media

It is “Social Media Week” in Chicago, and the Emanuel administration is encouraging small business owners to get with the programs.

09/23/2014

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Judge Won’t Speed Up North Riverside’s Attempt To Privatize Fire Dept.

An attorney for a suburban firefighters union said they will continue their fight against an attempt by the village of North Riverside to privatize its fire department.

09/23/2014

Artist rendering of what the new 95th Street Station will look like. (Credit: city of Chicago)

CTA Breaks Ground On New 95th Street Red Line, Bus Terminal

CTA and elected officials have officially broken ground on the sprawling new 95th street terminal planned for the Red line, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/22/2014

Bruce Rauner (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Rauner, Partial Owner Of Pittsburgh Steelers, Sidesteps NFL Domestic Violence Question

The latest scrimmage in the race for governor finds the two major candidates dealing with the issue of domestic violence in the National Football League, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/17/2014

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Emanuel: Custodial Contractors Can ‘Clean Up Their Desks And Get Out’ If They Fail To Fulfill Contract

Mayor Emanuel says the Chicago Public Schools will hold its cleaning contractors accountable, amid complaints from principals and announcement of layoffs among janitors, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/16/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Optimistic Chicago Will Land Obama Presidential Library

Mayor Emanuel says he’s encouraged about the chances of Chicago being home to the planned Barack Obama Presidential Library.

09/16/2014

Bruce Rauner. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Rauner Steps Up Attacks As Poll Numbers Fall

Behind in the latest poll, Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner is stepping up his attacks on what he calls the corruption of incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn.

09/15/2014

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Watchdog Accuses Chicago Public Schools Of Violating Open Records Law

The Chicago Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit accusing the administration of violating the law when it comes to providing the public with information about how the district is run.

09/12/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Urges Republican Colleagues Not To Play Politics With Military Action Against ISIS

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is warning fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill against trying to score political points over President Obama’s plan to attack and destroy the Islamic State terrorists, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/11/2014

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