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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.

A woman smoking an electronic cigarette. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Consider Ban On E-Cigarettes

If you’ve taken up use of electronic cigarettes in an effort to kick the habit – or simply get your nicotine fix without the smoke – you might soon have to find another option in most places in Chicago.


Ald. Ricardo Munoz

22nd Ward To Take Part In Participatory Budgeting For First Time

What would you do for your community with a million dollars? Some residents from throughout Chicago are getting a chance to answer that question, for real.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Expert: Courts Need Monitor To Oversee Boot Camp Sentences

Reports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.


(Clockwise from top left) Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. (Photo illustration by CBS)

GOP Candidates Discuss Income Tax, Dealing With Madigan

The four Republicans running for governor were in the south suburbs Thursday, trying put some distance between each other in a race with no clear front-runner.


City Council Chambers

City Council Committee Approves Mayor Emanuel’s Budget

Chicago Aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget, leaving it poised for final action next week.


Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Cook County Clerk Hands Out Awards To Best Election Judges

There were dozens of election judges from suburban Cook honored, nominated by the staff at the County Clerk’s office and each other.


Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Alderman Wants Bells To Toll Across Chicago To Mark Anniversary Of Kennedy Assassination

The 22nd of November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Joe Ferguson

IG Ferguson: Emanuel Administration Heeds Advice More Often Than Daley

Despite their public disputes, Chicago Inspector Joseph Ferguson said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has adopted more of his recommendations on fighting waste and fraud than former Mayor Richard M. Daley.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel  welcomes GoGo to Chicago. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Gogo Moving HQ From Itasca To Chicago

A company that provides in-flight Internet service is moving its headquarters to downtown Chicago from the suburbs. Mayor Emanuel couldn’t be more pleased, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


911 Center

OEMC Head Defends Hefty Overtime For 911 Call Center

The head of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications is defending the high amount of overtime his staff has been working, trying to keep up with emergency calls, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, planned for October 2014 along the Chicago River.

Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire Festival

At City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, a top city official defended the $1 million price tag for a highly-touted new city festival next year, four years after the city ended the popular, and much cheaper, Venetian Night festival.

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City Clerk: Push To Register Dogs Ineffective

The Chicago City Clerk says the crackdown on owners who don’t register their dogs has failed to generate enough response…or much revenue, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Emanuel Supportive Of Potential Presidential Run By Hilary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back in Chicago for a fundraising event or two, and that has Mayor Emanuel talking about her considering a run for President of the United States, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


City Hall

Emanuel’s Chief Technology Officer Stepping Down

Chief Technology Officer John Tolva – the first person to hold that position at City Hall – is stepping down Nov. 1, after 2 ½ years on the job, and on very good terms.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

General Assembly To Consider Mandatory Gun Crime Sentencing

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield tomorrow to start their fall veto session, and some issues important to Chicago officials could be among those high on the agenda, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralds expansion of recycling. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel All But Confirms Cigarette Tax Hike; Cable Could Be Next

Mayor Emanuel told a reporter he has a long history dating back to his early White House days of using cigarette taxes to pay for healthcare.


Dick Durbin

Durbin: Republican Strategy On Shutdown Was ‘A Complete Disaster’

After helping negotiate a bipartisan deal to end the partial federal government shutdown, and extend the debt limit, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he hopes House Republicans learned a lesson: “this is unacceptable.”


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Resolution Urges State To Impose Mandatory Sentencing On Gun Crimes

Alderman Jim Balcer, sponsor of the resolution, says State lawmakers should mandate three years in jail for most people caught with guns and without a Firearm Owners ID card.


Congressman Danny Davis on Friday Dec. 31, 2010 announces he is dropping out of the Chicago mayoral race. (CBS)

Rep. Danny Davis Hopeful For Deal To End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceilling

Chicago Congressman Danny Davis says he has cautious hopes that Democrats and Republicans will resolve their stalemate over the budget, ending a partial federal shutdown and avoiding a devastating debt crisis, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


City Hall

City To Pay $560K For Former Supervisor’s Racist, Sexist Rants

The City Council Finance Committee has recommend approving a $560,000 settlement for some city employees who complained about the racist and sexist rantings of their boss, the nephew of former Congressman Frank Annunzio.