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.
Even some Aldermen who are supportive of parts of Mayor Emanuel’s parking meter deal are agreeing with downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly that the City should consider trying to get out of the whole deal, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The Emanuel administration has committed $750,000 in leftover NATO Summit funds to offer more nighttime events at city parks this summer.
In a newsletter to 42nd Ward residents Alderman Brendan Reilly says he is getting expert help trying to find ways of getting out of the city’s 75-year parking meter lease deal championed by former Mayor Richard Daley.
“Water quality makes a tremendous difference in how we can interact with the river, but also provides us jobs; it provides us business revenue,” said Friends of the Chicago River executive director Margaret Frisbie.
The Chicago City Council has approved Mayor Emanuel’s plan to reduce the water bills of some charitable groups, but negotiations are still continuing, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Norma Reyes, a top official under former Mayor Daley, has died. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore looks back.
The Council’s Human Relations Committee wants to encourage athletes to be comfortable acknowledging their sexual orientation, as the NBA’s Jason Collins has.
Oak Park’s incoming Mayor will still be able to own a restaurant that serves liquor thanks to a new law that Governor Quinn signed yesterday, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
To be honest, 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti says he hasn’t seen the mayor’s ordinance yet and whether it exempts enough charities. But if it doesn’t, he says he and some colleagues have their own.
Skokie Democrat Jan Schakowsky says the lower unemployment figures are welcome as far as they go, which isn’t quite far enough.
Mayor Emanuel still acknowledges progress in the city’s efforts to reduce gun violence in Chicago. But, he says he’s concerned about the spate of violence overnight, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
A Chicago City Council committee is recommending approval of a new charter school in the McKinley Park area that was previously rejected by the Chicago School Board, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
City Law Department Senior Counsel Rose Kelly says the proposed ordinance means for both tenants and landlords to act quickly if there is an infestation of bedbugs in an apartment.
Illinois’ top health official is pushing for broader sex education classes in the public schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Governor Quinn says UNO has built some impressive schools but if there are questions about how those schools were built he has to take action.
Some food pantries in the western suburbs are finding that victims of the recent flooding are flowing into their centers now, looking for relief, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The bill sponsored by Sugar Grove State Senator Jim Oberweis would hike the speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour. In most counties, it is now 65.
Some members of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus want to give the city’s Inspector General increased powers; perhaps more authority than Mayor Rahm Emanuel would want him to have.
Chicago aldermen are giving their early blessing to a measure to commemorate the centennial of women having the right to vote in Illinois, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The Coca-Cola Company has stepped forward to pay for 50,000 blue carts for the city’s curbside recycling program, even though the city had essentially raised the money for them already.
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