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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Dunkin Defends Siding With Rauner To Kill 2 Attempts To Thwart Governor’s Power

The Democratic state lawmaker who thwarted House Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to overrule Gov. Bruce Rauner on two crucial votes this week said he hopes his action helps bring more compromises in Springfield.

11/13/2015

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Aldermen Seek To Protect Military Personnel Under Hate Crime Ordinance

The proposal approved in committee on Tuesday would add active and prior military personnel to those protected by the city’s hate crime ordinance.

11/10/2015

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Preckwinkle Expects Approval Of New Ammunition Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has said she has enough votes to approve a new countywide tax on ammunition for handguns and rifles.

11/10/2015

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Gov. Rauner Backs Down On Restrictions For State Child Care Assistance

Governor Bruce Rauner has backed down on restrictions imposed this summer for state child care assistance.

11/09/2015

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Preckwinkle Formally Proposes Increase In Cook County Hotel Tax

The hospitality industry and some commissioners are predicting a calamity, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/09/2015

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Survey Of CPS Principals Shows 6 Out Of 10 Leave Within 5 Years

A survey of Chicago Public School Principals says most of them are leaving the school system early and not necessarily in search of better pay, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/04/2015

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan Joining FTC Crackdown On Harrasing Debt Collection Services

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining the Federal Trade Commission and other local law enforcement agencies in a crackdown on illegally aggressive debt collection services, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/04/2015

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Cook County Amusement Tax Proposal Draws Fire From Some Commissioners

Some Cook County commissioners are raising their voices against plans to impose a county amusement tax on top of Chicago’s existing tax, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/03/2015

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Cook Commissioners, Activists Call For Increase In Funding For Restorative Justice Programs

Some Cook County commissioners want to amend the county budget to boost funding for programs to keep young people off the streets and out of prison, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

11/03/2015

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Transportation Firm To Bring 800 Jobs To Chicago

A Chicago-based transportation logistics company has announced plans to double its workforce in the city, after recently acquiring a Skokie-based operation. Echo Global Logistics CEO Douglas Waggoner said his transportation and technology company is absorbing a firm it acquired.

10/29/2015

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Aldermen Begin Limiting Where Newly Legal Food Carts Can Operate

It’s been barely a month since the City Council opened the door for food carts to operate legally in Chicago, and already aldermen have begun carving out some parts of the city where they won’t be welcome.

10/27/2015

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Alderman, Activists: Property Tax Hike Will Hurt Chicago Renters

A freshman alderman has joined community groups in predicting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed property tax increase would create a crisis in affordable rental housing.

10/27/2015

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.

10/26/2015

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)

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.

10/26/2015

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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.

10/22/2015

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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.

10/21/2015

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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.

10/20/2015

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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.

10/20/2015

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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.

10/20/2015

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.

10/19/2015

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