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.

One of two rows of meat packing buildings on Fulton Market, just west of the Loop. (Credit: City of Chicago)

City Weighing Landmark Status For Fulton-Randolph Market District

Despite objections from many local property owners and residents, the city of Chicago is considering landmark status for the Fulton-Randolph Market District along the west bank of the Chicago River.

04/30/2015

Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With NFL Draft In Town, Bears Still Hoping To Bring Super Bowl To Soldier Field

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey admitted they’d first have to solve the problem of the stadium being about 8,000 seats too small for what the NFL wants for a Super Bowl.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Reveals Plans For Tackling City’s Debt

With the city’s bond rating just a couple levels above junk status, Mayor Emanuel told the Civic Federation he is ending or phasing out some of the city’s more questionable borrowing practices.

04/29/2015

Chicago police Detective Dante Servin listens as Judge Dennis Porter reads his decision at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Chicago, for Servin's trial on manslaughter charges in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. The defense asked the judge for a directed verdict after the prosecution finished making its case last Thursday. Porter found Servin not guilty on all counts. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

McCarthy: Evidence Would Have Cleared Officer In Rekia Boyd Shooting

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is defending his statement that a police officer cleared in the shooting of a 22-year-old woman should never have been charged, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/27/2015

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey Pushes Anti-Sweatshop Ordinance

Modeled after an anti-sweatshop law in Chicago, the ordinance proposed by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) would require companies that sell goods and clothing to the county to sign affidavits asserting they and their subcontractors are free of sweatshop labor.

04/24/2015

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

O’Hare Noise Activists Say More Meetings With FAA Not Enough

After talking with Mayor Emanuel in Washington, Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta promised to double the number of meetings to be held before a new runway opens at O’Hare Airport this fall.

04/22/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal Investigation

After a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/20/2015

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

County Commissioner Wants Sheriff’s Police To Help CPD Patrol West Side

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) has written a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking him to allow the Sheriff’s Department deploy additional officers on the streets of the Austin neighborhood.

04/16/2015

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Emanuel To Rauner: “Chicago Will Not Be A Right-To-Work City”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested creating so-called “right-to-work zones” across Illinois, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen have said that won’t happen in Chicago on their watch.

04/16/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Approves Settlements For Families Of Laquan McDonald, David Koschman

Money matters were uppermost at Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting, reports WBBMs Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/15/2015

Ald. Helen Shiller

Former Alderman Helen Shiller No Longer Interested In City Council Budget Analyst Postion

Chicago Aldermen have to rethink their positions on who will become the City Council’s budget analyst. Former Alderman Helen Shiller has broken the stalemate over the job by saying she no longer wants it, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/14/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Committee Approves Settlements To Families Of David Koschman, Laquan McDonald

A Chicago City Committee has voted to approve two big settlements in connection with cases involving police, in one way or another, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/13/2015

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

City Treasurer Kurt Summers Expects Springfield To Act On Pensions

One of the key players in any Chicago pension reforms says he expects some significant moves from Springfield in the coming weeks, regardless of how the State Supreme Court rules on the existing pension deals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/12/2015

Spike Lee

Alderman Pans Reported Title Of Spike Lee Film, ‘Chiraq’

Mystery surrounds the reported film project to be filmed in the Windy City with an all-star cast. Some aren’t crazy about the title, which suggests violence.

04/10/2015

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Officials Discouraged By Very Low Turnout In Suburban Elections

If you thought Chicago’s 40 percent turnout on Tuesday was poor – and it was – pity the surrounding suburbs. The Cook County Clerk’s office said suburban turnout was only about 14 percent on Tuesday. McHenry County barely reached 11 percent. Lake County was little better at 11.25 percent.

04/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel places his hand over his face as he laughs at his own joke during a news conference at Carole Robertson Center for Learning April 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel was elected to his second term as mayor after defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a runoff election. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Rahm Laughs Off Latest Rumors About Going Back To White House

“This is the best job I ever had,” he said. “I have no interest in another job. Zero, zilch, none, nothing, okay?”

04/09/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Garcia Continue To Squabble Over City Budget

As they approach Tuesday’s runoff election, Mayor Emanuel and challenger Chuy Garcia continue to clash over how much to say–or not say–about plans to confront the city’s budget woes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/05/2015

Ballots

Early Voting For Runoffs Outpacing February Election

Chicago election officials said they’re hopeful for good turnout for the runoff elections on Tuesday, with the contest for mayor and 18 aldermanic seats up for grabs.

04/03/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia: ‘No Gravy To Go Around’ In Contract Talks With City Workers

Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has scoffed at accusations he will be beholden to public employee unions that have backed him in his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel, because of the substantial cash they’ve given Garcia’s campaign.

04/02/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticizes Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handling of crime in Chicago, amid a spike in shootings and murders during the first three months of 2015. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Garcia Blasts Emanuel On Rise In Murders, Shootings

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday sought to use residents’ unease about the city’s latest crime statistics to slow Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s momentum ahead of next week’s runoff election.

04/02/2015

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