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.

City Hall

Protesters Removed From City Hall After Sit-In Over CPS Bond Deals

Chicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.

11/20/2014

City Hall

City Retirees Blast New Health Care Premiums In City Budget

As aldermen prepared to approve the mayor’s 2015 budget plan on Wednesday, retired city workers were complaining they would be hurt by health care premiums included in the spending plan.

11/19/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Aldermen Want Companies Doing Bond Business With City To Disclose Workforce Diversity

Chicago Aldermen are recommending passage of a requirement to force companies doing bonds business with the City to disclose the diversity of their work forces, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/18/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters Seek Action During Veto Session

With state lawmakers set to return to Springfield for three days of veto session later this week, and then again in early December, advocates for a higher minimum wage were urging the legislature to act on a measure to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour.

11/18/2014

Candidates for mayor, alderman, city treasurer, and city clerk line up in the basement of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on Monday to file nominating petitions. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Election Begins Taking Shape As First Candidates File Petitions

The first day of candidate filings for the city elections in February gave some early indications about the various races, but can’t tell the whole story.

11/18/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Aldermen Back Mandate For 24-Hour Security For Medical Marijuana Businesses

The City Council Zoning Committee easily approved a measure that would require all medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to hire around-the-clock security guards.

11/14/2014

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What Does Rahm Want From His Buddy, Governor-Elect Rauner? Money

With his friend Bruce Rauner preparing to take the helm as the next governor of Illinois in two months, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday outlined his hopes and expectations for the incoming administration.

11/12/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Committee Approves Single-Room Occupancy Hotel Ordinance

The City Council Housing Committee is recommending full approval of an ordinance that would make it more expensive to turn single room occupancy hotels into market-rate units, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/10/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Local Health Officials Remain Vigilant For Ebola Cases

State and local health officials say the risk of Ebola occurrences here in Illinois remains low, but the health care system remains vigilant, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/10/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Still Not Giving Details On Economic Plans

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner remained mum Wednesday when it came to specifics for his short-term economic plans for Illinois, ahead of a meeting with the state’s top lawmakers.

11/07/2014

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

Emanuel Playing Coy On Opinion Of Lucas Museum Design

Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined to say Wednesday whether he liked the proposed design of filmmaker George Lucas’ lakefront museum.

11/06/2014

Voting machines in Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Election Officials Will Need Days To Finish Counting Votes

Regardless of whether Gov. Pat Quinn concedes the race to Bruce Rauner anytime soon, it will be days before an official count confirms who won the race for Illinois governor.

11/05/2014

Advocates with the Disability Rights Coalition for Housing demonstrate outside City Hall. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Disabled Residents Demand More Support For Accessible Housing

A small crowd of people, most with varying disabilities, chanted outside City Hall; calling for more affordable, accessible, integrated housing.

11/05/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Aldermen Vent Frustrations About Increased O’Hare Noise

At a City Council budget hearing on Friday, Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino had to handle several pointed questions about the noise at O’Hare International Airport.

10/31/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner, Quinn Seek To Shore Up Support Among Key Voters

With five days until the election, both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner were playing to groups they hope will be their strength at the polls.

10/30/2014

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Aldermen Furious At McCarthy’s Lack Of Data On Police Staffing

At City Council budget hearings on Thursday, some aldermen were angered that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy could not immediately tell them exactly how many officers are currently on the force.

10/30/2014

Ald. Leslie Hairston (Credit: Facebook)

Prosecutors Investigating Alderman’s Offer Of Prizes To Voters

Cook County prosecutors have begun investigating a South Side alderman who admitted she made a mistake by offering rewards to her constituents if they vote in the upcoming election, no matter who they vote for.

10/30/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel votes early in the 2014 General Election, at 69 W. Washington St. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayor Votes Early, Pushes Minimum Wage Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cast his ballot in the race for governor on Wednesday, to make a point about early voting, and what’s at stake in next week’s elections.

10/29/2014

A city plow clears a residential street in the Bucktown neighborhood. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Official: Snow Removal Crews Ready If It’s Another Wicked Winter

With his boss up for re-election in February, the man in charge of snow removal for Chicago said Tuesday that city crews are ready for the coming winter, even if there’s a repeat of last year’s brutal conditions.

10/28/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Defends Ebola Quarantine Policy, Rauner Calls For Travel Ban

Governor Pat Quinn is standing by his administration’s policy of ordering mandatory quarantines for those returning to Illinois after being exposed to Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/27/2014

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