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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Study: City’s Red Light Camera Safety Claims Exaggerated

The Emanuel administration was standing by the city’s scandal-plagued red light camera program on Friday, in the face of a Chicago Tribune study revealing the city’s safety claims have been overblown.

12/19/2014

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. (Credit: CBS)

Wilson To Rahm: “Every Citizen Should Be Able To Run”

Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson is criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to challenge the nominating petitions he filed to get on the ballot for mayor in the 2015 election.

12/18/2014

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Chicago Firm Competing For Medical Marijuana Licenses

An African-American owned company in Chicago has applied to become one of the first firms to obtain a license to grow and sell medical marijuana.

12/18/2014

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Mayor’s Panel Issues Recommendations On Curbing Violence In Chicago

A commission organized by the mayor has issued a report outlining what it calls a “strategic plan” for curbing violence in Chicago.

12/16/2014

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CTA To Begin Testing New Rodent Control Plan At Bus Garages, Rail Terminals

The Chicago Transit Authority says it will be testing a new rodent reduction plan that aims to get rid of rats before they’re born, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

12/15/2014

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Preckwinkle Wants To Stop Automatically Sending Juveniles To Adult Court

Illinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.

12/12/2014

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

Emanuel Blasts Quinn After Former Campaign Aide Picked To Run Illinois Sports Facilities Board

Mayor Emanuel is critical of Governor Quinn for engineering the appointment a campaign aid to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

12/10/2014

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City Council Delays Vote On E15 Gas Station Ordinance

Aldermen have delayed action on a proposed ordinance that would require many gas stations to offer fuel that contains a higher blend of ethanol, in an issue that has Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th) at odds.

12/10/2014

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City Council Committee Approves Taxi Ordinance Without Fare Increase

Chicago Aldermen have given preliminary approval to an ordinance that would help licensed taxicab drivers to make more money without a fare increase, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

12/09/2014

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Study: City Council A Bigger Rubber Stamp For Emanuel Than For The Daleys

The City Council has bristled under criticisms that it is little more than a rubber stamp for Chicago’s mayors, but a new study has revealed that label is more accurate now than ever.

12/09/2014

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Aldermen Propose To Ban Law Enforcement From Using Chokeholds

Chicago Aldermen are considering an ordinance that would ban police and others from using chokeholds to subdue suspects, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

12/08/2014

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City Council Considering Ordinance Requiring Gas Stations To Pump Fuel With More Ethanol

Right now, motorists use gasoline that contains 10 percent corn-based ethanol. The ordinance would require a pump dispensing 15 percent ethanol.

12/08/2014

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Fioretti Pushes Commuter Tax, Rejects Garcia’s Graduated Income Tax Proposal

The two most prominent contenders running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February have come up with some very different ideas about raising revenue for Chicago.

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Inspector General: Aldermanic Office Workers Caught Doing Political Work On City Time

The City Council’s embattled Inspector General says workers in nearly half of Chicago’s aldermanic offices have been caught doing political work on the taxpayer’s time.

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Lawmakers Consider Requiring Locking Devices For Prescription Painkillers

Experts have asked state lawmakers to require locking containers for prescription painkillers, to help prevent theft and abuse.

12/03/2014

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City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago’s Minimum Wage

The City Council Committee on Workforce Development on Monday backed the mayor’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019, and sent the measure to the full City Council for a vote on Tuesday.

12/01/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with Kurt Summers Jr., who the mayor nominated to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely. (Credit: Mayor's Office)

Summers Takes Office As City Treasurer

Chicago’s new city treasurer, Kurt Summers, was sworn in Monday morning, to fill the balance of the term of Stephanie Neely, who left to take a job in the private sector.

12/01/2014

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Despite Economic Recovery, Charities Still Struggling For Dollars

At a time when many people give to charity groups, the economy has improved, but there are still challenges in raising money.

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School Administrators Plan Push To Overhaul Public Schools

A group of school administrators has outlined a plan to change curricula and modify some hiring practices, in an effort to improve school performance; but overhauling school funding has proven to be a thorny issue.

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U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

Business Leaders Applaud Obama’s Action On Immigration

Some Illinois business leaders said they are glad President Barack Obama has taken executive action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation, but they also want to see Congress step up with more sweeping changes to immigration laws.

11/21/2014

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