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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The sponsoring alderman is working on what he hopes is a harmonious compromise. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.


Chicago Aldermen Stand Firm On ‘Sanctuary City’ Status

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The bill would have required municipal workers and laborers to contribute more to their retirement and allow them to retire at age 65.


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The governor said Republicans would support laws changing the state’s pension systems and providing $250 million in school pension relief.


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U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

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Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago Gets New Home, New Name

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City Begins Effort To Get 10,000 Young Chicagoans Back To Work, School

Emanuel said the city’s partnering with Thrive Chicago to help reconnect some of the young people who aren’t in school and are unemployed.


Chicago Hosts International Forum On Urban Waterways

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Emanuel To Unveil Plan To Eliminate Traffic Deaths

The Emanuel Administration’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan is expected to drastically reduce the number of fatal accidents on Chicago’s streets.


Official: Rauner “Plays Politics” With Chicago Infrastructure Funds

CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said the state is holding up final approval on a number of road, bridge and traffic signal projects.


Police Reformers To City Hall: Pick Up The Pace

Frustration seeped out Wednesday during a public forum. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.




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