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.

Aldermen Brendan Reilly, Ameya Pawar, and Michele Smith (left to right) roll out two stacks of budget documents and audits as they criticize mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for not providing specifics for his budget plan. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Allies: Garcia Budget Plan As Real As ‘Leprechauns And Unicorns’

At a City Hall press conference, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and three aldermen who back the mayor rolled out a couple of hand trucks of budget books and audits they claim mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia could use to craft his budget plans.

03/19/2015

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Effort To Phase Out Red Light Cams Fizzles Out At City Council Meeting

An effort to begin phasing out Chicago’s Red Light Camera system was derailed at Wednesday’s City Council Meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/18/2015

Taxis navigate the city streets on September 8, 2011 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Watchdog Finds Shortcomings In Taxi Inspections

Chicago’s inspector general has raised questions about inspections of taxi cabs by the city that regulates the taxi industry, and a top administration official has blamed faulty equipment for some of the problems.

03/17/2015

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UIC, University Of Chicago Urge Obama To Put Library In Chicago

Two Chicago universities vying for Barack Obama’s presidential library are taking a break in the competition to send a message to the president: Pick either one but just don’t pick New York.

03/16/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel with Andrew Wells, Sr. Managerof the Chicago Urban League, talking about  economic development in depressed areas in Back of the Yards neighborhood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Proposes ‘Right To Thrive’ Zones, Wilson Endorses Garcia

Challenger Commissioner Chuy Garcia is reacting cooly to Mayor Emanuel’s proposals for so-called “Right to Thrive” zones in some poorer neighborhoods, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/11/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Support Transferring Park Land For Obama Library

At a joint meeting Wednesday, three City Council panels voted heavily in favor of the Emanuel administration’s plan to transfer about 20 acres of land in either Washington Park or Jackson Park to the city if the Barack Obama Foundation picks the University of Chicago’s bid for the future Obama presidential library.

03/11/2015

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Aldermen To Vote On Plan To Transfer Park Land To City For Obama Library Bid

Aldermen were expected to give preliminary approval on Wednesday to the Emanuel administration’s plan to allow the city to take control of Park District land to be used for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, if the president and first lady choose the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility.

03/11/2015

Ald. JoAnn Thompson (Credit: aldermanthompson.com)

City Council Remembers Alderman JoAnn Thompson At Special Meeting

The Chicago City Council said a formal, and sad, “goodbye” to one of its own Tuesday at a specially called meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/10/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discusses his push to get low-level jail inmates released more quickly. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail Faster

One woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.

03/10/2015

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Propose $100 Cap For Bail Bond Processing Fees

If a criminal defendant posts bail to go free pending trial, county clerks across the state keep 10 percent of the money as a processing fee, no matter the crime, even if charges are later dropped.

03/09/2015

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Corruption In Illinois Didn’t Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With Fraud

A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.

03/06/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lake County Offers Rauner Task Force Ideas To Cut Government Costs

The head of the Lake County Board on Friday said lower jury duty pay should be among the things considered as task force appointed by the governor looks into lowering the cost of local governments.

03/06/2015

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)

Garcia: Maybe Emanuel And Rauner Should Fix Budget Over A Bottle Of Wine

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to answer tough questions about how he plans to handle the city’s financial woes.

03/04/2015

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Emanuel Defends CPS Decision To Administer PARCC Test

Mayor Emanuel is defending the decision by Chicago Public School officials to back down on their resistance to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/03/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk: Chicago Could End Up Like Detroit If Mayor Emanuel Not Re-Elected

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has given his tacit endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/02/2015

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Advocate For Elected Chicago School Board: Time Is Ripe

hose who want to see an elected Board of Education in Chicago say this week’s overwhelming referendum vote in favor of the idea may be symbolic, but it’s a real boost, too.

02/27/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner: Government Union Donations To Elected Officials ‘Should Be Illegal’

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has suggested mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s relationship with the Chicago Teachers Union ought to be against the law. The governor wasn’t exactly singling out Garcia.

02/27/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (R) has lunch with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on election day February 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  White is co-chair of Emanuel's re-election campaign. Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, to be held on April 7, 2015. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jesse White: Emanuel “Has To Rethink” Red Light Camera Program Ahead Of Runoff

White co-chairs the mayor’s re-election campaign, and he said he’s prepared to take Emanuel to black churches and community meetings so he can regain African-American votes he’s lost in his first term.

02/26/2015

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (left) and Bob Fioretti (right)

Fioretti Hedges On Endorsing Garcia, After Calling For “United Front” Against Emanuel

Just hours before the election, mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti was assuring reporters he wanted to see the “anybody but Rahm” movement stick, regardless of which candidate ended up in a runoff with the mayor.

02/25/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner’s Budget Plan

Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.

02/20/2015

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