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 Washington D.C. He says that it is an honor 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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Police Board Chief Urges Emanuel To Create CPD Reform “SWAT Team”

Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson must take ownership of reforms in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing report on the Chicago Police Department.

01/20/2017

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Chicago City Hall’s Top Lawyer Stepping Down

Patton says he’s not leaving his $174,000-a-year job as corporation counsel under a cloud. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

01/19/2017

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Chicago Aldermen Call On DOJ Officials To Investigate Law Department

Some Chicago Aldermen are calling on the Federal Justice Department to investigate the city’s Law Department for alleged abuses.

01/16/2017

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‘Ethicists’ Could Help Social Media Companies Combat ‘Fake News,’ Expert Says

Loyola University’s Don Heider says Facebook previously had a team of people to screen postings, but replaced them with a computer algorithm.

01/11/2017

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Mayor Emanuel, Jesse Jackson Sr. Weigh In On Facebook Torture Video

A visibly upset Rahm Emanuel called the video “sickening.” Jackson says it represents a “moral and spiritual collapse.”

01/05/2017

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West Side Alderman Blasts McCarthy For His ’60 Minutes’ Comments

The former Chicago police superintendent offered a grim assessment of officer morale in Chicago, but Jason Ervin says he helped create the environment. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

01/03/2017

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Trump Presidency Raises Concerns About Constitutional Limits

With the inauguration fast approaching, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns president-elect Donald Trump might infringe upon constitutional freedoms after taking office.

12/30/2016

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Gov. Rauner Challenges Dems To Bring Him Spending Plan

The Republican says Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Democratic lawmakers want to force a crisis after stopgap funding expires in January. WBBM’s Craig Dellimore reports.

12/16/2016

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City Council Expected To Vote On Easing Menthol Sale Ban

The full Chicago City Council, this week, is expected to vote on easing the ban on sales of menthol and other flavored cigarettes near schools.

12/12/2016

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Private Company To Renovate Lincoln Park’s Theatre On The Lake

The Chicago Park District is letting a private company design, renovate and operate a revitalized Theatre on the Lake building with a storied history.

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Chicago Panel Drafts Resolution Condemning Discrimination Against Muslims

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) says officials here and in cities across the nation are making sure they are on record standing with Muslim citizens.

12/05/2016

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4,000 Properties Available For $1 With Expansion Of Large Lots Program

Major Emanuel announced Tuesday a major expansion of the city’s Large Lots land sale program, that will expand into more than 30 communities across Chicago.

11/30/2016

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State Budget Deadlock Continues To Harm Social Service Organizations

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with members of the not-for-profit sector.

11/25/2016

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Blackhawks Warrior Player Among Many In Attendance At Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Soldier Field held Friday its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, honoring the veterans in Chicago who have served.

11/11/2016

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Rauner Signs Executive Order Designed To Cut Red Tape Burdening Small Businesses

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Monday an Executive Order designed to cut red tape that reduce over-regulation, and—his office says—to Grow the Economy.

10/17/2016

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Nearly Half Of Illinois Voters Want To Leave State, New Poll Finds

Institute Director David Yepsen says 47 percent would like to head in a different direction.

10/10/2016

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City Council Vote On New Police Oversight Office Expected This Week

A full City Council vote could come as soon as tomorrow.

10/04/2016

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City Transforms Clinic At South Side School Into Community Healthcare Center

City government is using money from the tax on electronic cigarettes to expand the health clinic at the John Drake Elementary School into a full service primary care health center.

09/23/2016

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Retailers Warn Against Possible Cook County Soda Tax

Retailers were speaking out Wednesday amid published reports Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a new tax on sugary soft drinks, up to a penny an ounce.

09/21/2016

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Aldermen: CPD Should Make Quick-Clotting Gauze Available to Officers

Fourteenth Ward Alderman, Edward M. Burke and 11th Ward Alderman Patrick Thompson held a news conference, on Wednesday to urge CPD to make a quick-clotting gauze available to officers.

09/07/2016

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