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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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BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Orland Hills) call on Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner to release his full income tax returns. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Quinn Supporters Urge Rauner To Release Full Tax Returns

The campaigns of Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner were trading fire Thursday over who pays what in personal income taxes.

07/03/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at a South Loop church on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Governor Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

Gov. Pat Quinn visited the historic – and conveniently named – Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church to sign a measure extending the life and powers of the state’s African American Family Commission.

07/02/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Department Of Commerce Releases Five-Year Economic Development Plan

While critics are attacking Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plans, his economic development team is out with a five-year plan for boosting Illinois’ economy, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/30/2014

Congresswoman Robin Kelly leads Mayor Emanuel, lawmakers and others in talking about need for new gun laws. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Releases Report On Gun Violence

First-year Congresswoman Robin Kelly is hoping her new report on gun violence can help spur more action on Capitol Hill, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/30/2014

Ballots

Judge Tosses Term Limits Measure, Rauner Plans Appeal

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said he plans to appeal a Cook County judge’s ruling that tosses out a ballot initiative seeking to impose term limits on state lawmakers.

06/27/2014

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Schneider: Lack Of Immigration Reform Holding Back Economy

A year after the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform plan, North Shore Congressman Brad Schneider said it’s unfortunate the bill remains stalled in the House.

06/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to sign legislation requiring Illinois schools to develop and implement anti-bullying policies. (Credit; Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.

06/26/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Refuses To Testify About Anti-Violence Program

Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a challenge to testify before a legislative panel looking into the scandal-plagued anti-violence program Quinn created before the 2010 election.

06/26/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Back Mayor’s Plan To Hike Phone Tax To Fund Pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has lined up enough City Council support to increase the monthly surcharge added to phone bills in Chicago, as part of the effort to address the city’s pension crisis.

06/26/2014

Chicago aldermen and advocates for the homeless discuss a proposed moratorium on closings of single room occupancy hotels in Chicago. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Mayor’s Office Pushing For Moratorium On Closures Of SRO Hotels

Advocates have said many people are being left homeless because residential hotels have been closing in increasing numbers.

06/25/2014

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Inspector General Questions Free Garbage Service For Some Non-Profits

Chicago’s inspector general is raising questions about which buildings and organizations receive free city trash pickup and which should get it, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/23/2014

Senator Dick Durbin speaking at the Wheatland Tube Company on the Southwest Side. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Durbin Calls For Tax Credit For Companies That Employ Americans

Senator Dick Durbin was on the Southwest Side Monday morning to push for what he calls the Patriot Employer Tax Credit, reports WBMM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/23/2014

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North Riverside Mayor Suggests Privatizing Village Fire Department

Mayor Hubert E. Hermanek Jr. says having a private firm take over the village’s firefighting duties could save taxpayers more than $700,000 in pension payments, health insurance and more.

06/20/2014

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IT Firm To Train Minority Women In STEM Jobs

Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said his Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, is proud to work with UST Global in what’s called the “Step IT Up” program in Chicago.

06/19/2014

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City Council Committee Passes Ordinance Requiring Gun Sales To Be Videotaped

Chicago aldermen have given preliminary approval to a measure allowing guns to be sold within the city as a federal court has ordered.

06/18/2014

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Cook County Morgue To Launch Grief Counseling Partnership With UIC

The Cook County Board has approved a pilot grief counseling program for the families who must come to the County morgue to identify remains, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/18/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Davis To Obama: ‘Do Everything In Your Power’ To Avoid Another Iraq War

One of President Obama’s staunchest allies in Congress is expressing concerns about the Administration’s plans to send some military personnel to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

06/17/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign shared this photo comparing his 500-plus-page budget plan to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner's 11-page budget "blueprint," the only detail he's offered on his plan for the state budget so far. (Credit: Twitter/QuinnForIl)

Vallas: Rauner ‘Chickened Out’ On Budget Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn has dispatched his running mate, Paul Vallas, to ridicule the so-called 10-point budget plan outlined by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

06/13/2014

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Year-Round City Sticker Sales Coming To Clerk’s Office

This is the last June that Chicago motorists will have to wait in long lines outside the City Clerk’s office to get their vehicle stickers.

06/13/2014

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