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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Chicago Laundromat Owners Oppose Emanuel’s Proposed Water Tax Hike

They say the revenue-generating increase would trickle down to people who use the laundromats. WBBM Political Craig Dellimore reports.


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Activists Seek More Public Input In Police Oversight Plan

A group of religious leaders stood outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Thursday, demanding changes and more citizen involvement in plans to replace the Independent Police Review Authority, but some aldermen were preaching patience on the effort to create a new police watchdog agency.


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World-Class Tennis Facility Coming To Chicago’s South Side

The new tennis facility is finally breaking ground in the Washington Park Community.


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New Library Coming To Altgeld Gardens

The City of Chicago announced Wednesday it will build a new, state-of-the-art library at Altgeld Gardens, in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority.


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Ohio Gov. Kasich Meets With Illinois GOP Delegation, Never Mentions Trump

Illinois party members are in Cleveland this week for the expected nomination of Trump. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.


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Mike Pence’s Chicago Ties: His Irish Grandfather Settled On South Side

In a speech to the City Club of Chicago in December 2014, the presumptive Republican candidate for vice president shared his story.


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Republican Sen. Kirk: Fundraising More Challenging Here With Trump Atop Ticket

The incumbent admits fundraising is a little harder among Republican donors because of uncertainty over Trump’s candidacy.


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Chicago Sick-Pay Mandate Advances In City Council

Aldermen have given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that would make most companies in the city give their workers mandatory sick days off.


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Senate GOP Leader Expects Short-Term Budget Deal By End Of The Month

A top Republican lawmaker said it’s likely the Illinois General Assembly will reach an agreement on a stopgap budget deal soon, but long-term solutions might take a while.


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Mayor Emanuel Walks Back Comments About Governor’s Wife

Diana Rauner heads the Ounce of Prevention Fund, an early childhood education group that has joined a lawsuit over the state budget impasse.


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With Rahm Weakened, Aldermen Showing More Dissent

Chicago aldermen might not have completely shed their label as a rubber stamp, but with Mayor Rahm Emanuel significantly weakened in his second term, the City Council has grown more independent.


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Rauner Encouraged By Progress Of ‘Budgeteers’ In Springfield

Gov. Bruce Rauner said a group of lawmakers trying to craft a budget deal seems to be making good progress, and he’s encouraged about possibly reaching what he calls a “grand compromise.”


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Some Aldermen Not Buying Emanuel Administration’s Airbnb Proposal

Key aldermen are not buying the Emanuel administration’s latest proposal to regulate so-called “house sharing” rentals like Airbnb, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Mayor Emanuel Bristles At Critics Who Say Chicago Not Doing Enough To Fund Schools

Some Republicans in Springfield have criticized legislation that would change the way education money is distributed because they say it does too much for Chicago when the city isn’t doing enough for itself.



Cook County Commissioner Proposed Making Circuit Court Clerk An Appointed Position

Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri wants Springfield to change the Cook County Circuit Court clerk from an elected position to an appointed one, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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State GOP Leader Unsure How Donald Trump Will Affect Legislative Races

(CBS) — The top GOP lawmaker in the Illinois House says he can’t predict how having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket will shape state and local races here, reports WBBM’s Political […]


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Gov. Rauner Surprised Board Of Ed Report Didn’t Recommend State Takeover Of CPS

Governor Bruce Rauner is baffled that the Illinois State Board of Education says Chicago Public School finances don’t warrant a school takeover, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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U Of C Working With Community On Plans For New Trauma Center

After years of resisting demands from community activists, officials at the University of Chicago Medical Center say they are working closely with the community to bring a trauma center and expanded health care to the South Side, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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University Of Chicago Seeks To Address Concerns In Report On Trauma Center Plan

Officials at the University of Chicago were countering some regulators’ criticisms of their long-awaited plan to establish a Level One Trauma Center on their Hyde Park hospital campus.


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Presidential Candidates Campaign In Indiana Ahead Of Primary

Most, but not all, of the major candidates for president are crisscrossing Indiana ahead of that state’s key primary Tuesday, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.




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