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.

A smartphone displays the 'Uber' mobile app, which allows users to hail private-hire cars from any location. (Photo credit: QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Reach Compromise To Allow Ride-Sharing Drivers To Make Airport Pickups

In a compromise worked out today, drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to serve Chicago’s airports and the city might be able to hire a few more police officers, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Uber, Taxi Drivers Engage In Shouting Match Ahead Of City Council Hearing

A news conference turned into a shouting match ahead of the City Council hearing on allowing ride-sharing services to pick up passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Final Vote On Lucas Museum Pushed Back Until Next Week

Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to shrug off the delay in the vote on the $400 million privately-funded Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, but sources told the Sun-Times negotiations with the Chicago Bears have stalled final approval.


A smartphone displays the 'Uber' mobile app, which allows users to hail private-hire cars from any location. (Photo credit: QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Call For Tightening Ride-Sharing Requirements Ahead Of Budget Vote

Even as the Chicago City Council advanced Mayor Emanuel’s budget towards next week’s final vote, several aldermen are trying to win agreement on a tightening of the requirements for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Emanuel Says Gun Buyback Program Prepared For Scammers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says officials are ready for activists who want to thwart the city’s gun buyback program, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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CPS Bringing High-Speed Internet To Every Classroom

Every classroom at the Chicago Public Schools should have broadband wireless Internet access by next school year, thanks to a $38 million federal grant announced Tuesday.


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Committee Backs Mayor’s Budget Plan After Tweak To Garbage Collection Fee

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget passed its first major test on Monday, as the City Council’s Budget Committee endorsed the spending plan after the mayor made a slight change to satisfy aldermen who fear his proposed garbage collection fee would be used to pay for other things.


A smartphone displays the 'Uber' mobile app, which allows users to hail private-hire cars from any location. (Photo credit: QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Several Aldermen Join Taxi Industry In Opposition To Emanuel’s Proposed Ride-Sharing Rules

Several City Council members are joining Chicago’s taxi industry in fighting what they say are unfair breaks in the Budget for ride-sharing services like Uber-X and Lyft, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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City Council Finance Committee Holds Hearings On Mayor’s Proposed Property Tax Increase

The Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee, has held hearings on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s planned $588-million tax property tax increase, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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O’Hare Opens New $516 Million Runway

Runway 10R/28L at the south end of the airfield cost $516 million. Some local officials said it won’t be used enough to justify the cost, and complained it will bring flight noise over new neighborhoods, but deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said it would improve overall air traffic flow at O’Hare.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking about former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett/ (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Expresses Outrage At Byrd-Bennett, Denies Involvement In SUPES Contracts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he had nothing to do with the $23 million in contracts that indicted former Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommended to the school board, and is infuriated with her, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto avoids the tag of the Chicago Cubs catcher Koyie Hill (55) and scores on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Theriot during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

St. Louis Mayor Brushes Off Emanuel’s Offer To Bet On Cubs-Cards Series

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says his staff’s time is too valuable to waste on setting up a friendly wager.

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State’s Attorney Candidate Pushes Idea Of Dedicated Gun Court

One of the two challengers running against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez next year has said she wants to do better to crack down on gun violence, but she can’t agree with the cornerstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wish list for new state gun laws.


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Rauner, Madigan Trade Blame Over Damage From Budget Impasse

Governor Bruce Rauner has levelled another broadside at Democratic lawmakers, blaming them for the budget impasse that has caused suffering and cuts in social services across the state, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


United Taxidrivers Community Council spokesman Peter Ali Enger (at podium), UTCC chairman Fayez Khozindar (far left) and other cab drivers discuss plans for a one-day protest in Chicago, in response to proposed rules allowing ride-sharing companies to do business at the airports for the first time. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Cabbies Plan One-Day Strike In Protest Against Ride-Share Companies

Chicago cab drivers said they plan to stage a one-day strike in Chicago on Thursday, to protest proposed city rules they believe would give ride-sharing services like Uber even more of an unfair advantage.


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Officials Weigh Idea Of Merging Chicago And Cook County Election Operations

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had an easy hearing before the City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday, mostly avoiding questions about a proposed cost-saving idea.


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IPRA Chief Says Allegations Leveled By Fired Investigator Without Merit

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority reports it’s resolving cases of alleged police misconduct more quickly and handling some controversial issues properly, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Interest Group Suggests Raising Gas Tax To Improve Chicago Area Roads

With Houston about to overtake Chicago as the third most populous city in the nation, a local planning expert has offered some bold ideas for putting the boom back in the local economy.


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Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich Makes Campaign Stop In Chicago

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in downtown Chicago this afternoon. He was also in the city doing some fundraising, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Clerk Touting Plan For All-Access Vehicle Stickers For Realtors

As city budget hearings continued Tuesday, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza told aldermen a new type of vehicle sticker stands to make a substantial amount of money for the city.




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