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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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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Head Of Illinois Physicians Group Praises Efforts To Increase Availability Of Heroin Antidote Naloxone

The head of the state’s premier physicians group is applauding efforts to make a life-saving heroin antidote available to more people, professional and otherwise, reports WBBM Political editor Craig Dellimore.


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Madigan Wants To Abolish Statute Of Limitations For Child Sex Crimes

In the wake of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s child sex abuse scandal, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has renewed her call to eliminate the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children.


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Bears Looking To Improve Soldier Field With Revenue From Increase In Stadium Advertising

The Bears are planning some unspecified improvements that will enhance the game day experience, George McCaskey says.

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Goodell Praises Chicago’s Handling Of NFL Draft But Says Other Cities Want It, Too

Denver and Los Angeles are among the contenders for the next draft, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his city is the gold standard.

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DuPage County Pays Tribute To African American History

The DuPage County Board has used the recent anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King to commemorate the contribution African Americans have made to the county, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Downstate School Districts Say State Budget Cuts Hurting Them, Too

School superintendents from around Illinois are telling an Illinois House Education Task Force that Chicago Public School officials are not alone in saying that the state’s current school funding practices are hurting poor children, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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City Announces Comprehensive Trades Program At Dunbar Career Academy

The Chicago Public Schools have announced that Dunbar Career Academy will establish the city’s first comprehensive high school program for the construction trades, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Ted Cruz, John Kasich Team Up To Stop Donald Trump, But Will It Work In Indiana?

People taking the pulse of the electorate in Indiana says they’re not sure Republican candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich will succeed in their bid to team up and stop Donald Trump’s bid for the presidential nomination, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.



With Arbor Day Approaching, Morton Arboretum President Emphasizes Importance Of Trees To Urban Areas

With Arbor Day less than a week away, the head of the Morton Arboretum is emphasizing how much people in urban areas like this depend on trees and even forests, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.




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