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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with Kurt Summers Jr., who the mayor nominated to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely. (Credit: Mayor's Office)

Mayor Taps Former Preckwinkle Aide To Replace Treasurer Stephanie Neely

Kurt Summers Jr., former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, pledged to keep his eye on where he came from as he faces new challenges plaguing the city’s pension funds.

10/23/2014

Ebola screening at O'Hare. (Credit: U.S. Customs)

Emanuel Applauds Response To Sick Travelers From Liberia

As federal officials stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S., Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised local health workers for the steps taken to quickly evaluate two people who became ill on flights to Chicago from West Africa.

10/22/2014

Chicago City Council Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan

Top Alderman Mocks Inspector General For Suing Council; ‘He’s Just Full Of Molasses’

Budget Committee Chairwoman Carrie Austin (34th) said she doesn’t understand how Khan can sue the city for more money in his budget, blaming him for running out of money to fund his investigations.

10/22/2014

City Hall

Chicago Treasurer Stephanie Neely Stepping Down For Job In Private Sector

Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely confirms that she’s leaving her job for the private sector, and soon, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/20/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Conducting Hearings On Emanuel’s Proposed 2015 Budget

The Chicago City Council has begun hearings into Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2015 budget, and aldermen are asking questions about the spending plans, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/20/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel’s 2015 Budget Reportedly To Feature Increase In Parking Tax

The budget Mayor Emanuel will present to the City Council tomorrow will hold the line on some key taxes, but reportedly commuters will face another hike in the tax on parking, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/14/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn, Rauner Trade Accusations On Taxes

Amid the festivities of Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade, the major party candidates for governor were discovering the usual ways to lob accusations at each other, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/13/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Libertarian Candidate Dismisses Rauner’s Claim That A Vote For Him Is A Waste

The Libertarian Party candidate for Governor is rejecting Republican Bruce Rauner’s statement that a vote for him is wasted.

10/13/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Non-Committal On Reparations For Burge Victims

Mayor Rahm Emanuel side-stepped questions about whether the city should pay reparations to some victims of police torture under notorious former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who recently was released from prison.

10/09/2014

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Emanuel Wants To See Great Chicago Fire Festival Return For Another Year

Mayor Emanuel says he wants to see another Great Chicago Fire Festival next year, despite the way the climax of this year’s celebration fizzled out, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/08/2014

Ald. Bob Fioretti (left) is running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) in the upcoming 2015 mayoral election in Chicago. (Credit: Facebook/CBS)

Fioretti Poll: Emanuel Less Popular Than Eisenhower Traffic

As he ramps up his campaign for mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) has released a new poll suggesting Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more unpopular in Chicago than rush hour traffic or the Fox News Channel.

10/07/2014

A kit of Naloxone, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is displayed at a press conference about a new community prevention program for heroin overdoses in which New York police officers will carry kits of Naloxone, on May 27, 2014 in New York City. The New York Police Department is being provided 19,500 kits for officers; the program will begin after officers receive training. The Naloxone is administered nasally. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Kirk Urges Prompt FDA Approval Of Nasal Version Of Narcan

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve a nasal spray that can treat heroin overdoses in an emergency.

10/07/2014

A fiery display as part of the Redmoon Theater's Great Chicago Fire Festival. (Credit: CBS)

Alderman Burke Labels Chicago Fire Festival A ‘Fiasco’

The Chicago City Council’s most powerful alderman has labeled the fizzled Chicago Fire Festival the “fiasco on the river” and he wants to total up the losses, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/06/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Stands By Plan Not To Raise Taxi Fares

Mayor Emanuel is standing firm against raising taxicab fares, even as he looks at other ways to allow regular cab drivers to make more money, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/01/2014

Firefighters respond to the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center  in Aurora on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Blasts FAA For Lack Of Backup For Crippled Air Traffic Center

“How could you have an airport that is so integral to the national and the international system with no backup capacity that one individual can have this impact?” Emanuel asked Wednesday.

10/01/2014

Malcolm X College (Credit: CBS)

City Colleges Offer Free Ride To CPS Graduates With High GPA

The Chicago STAR Scholarship, which stands for Students Taking Academic Responsibility, would be offered to CPS graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.0, and who place into college-level math and English programs, and enroll in one of the various so-called “pathways” at any of the seven City Colleges of Chicago.

10/01/2014

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

U Of C Launches Program To Help Government, Nonprofit Officials Become Better Leaders

The University of Chicago has just launched a training academy to teach the leaders of not-for-profit groups and local government to be better leaders, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/30/2014

Taxi

Cabbies, City Agree To Reforms; Centralized Dispatch, But No Fare Hike

With the city of Chicago allowing so-called ride-sharing companies to operate under fewer restrictions than traditional taxi companies, the Emanuel administration and cab drivers have reached an unprecedented agreement on reforms to help the taxi cab industry.

09/30/2014

President Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn eat at Valois in May 2014.

Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

President Barack Obama’s popularity might be wavering nationally, but it’s still pretty high in Illinois, and Gov. Pat Quinn was welcoming the president’s appearance at what’s expected to be a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday.

09/30/2014

Bruce Rauner (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Rauner Calls For Postponing Vote On State Income Tax Until After Election

The election for Illinois Governor is still weeks away, but Republican candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to veto the idea of lawmakers voting to make permanent the 2011 income tax increase before he has a chance to take office.

09/29/2014

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