Craig 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 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.
Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has given his tacit endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez and other immigration activists in Chicago denounced a federal judge’s decision blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but remained undeterred in their support for overhauling the nation’s immigration system.
West Side elected officials are using this president’s day to raise support for an Obama Presidential Library on the West Side.
Leslie Munger reportedly won’t comply, over legal concerns. It’s a setback for the governor’s latest initiative, and it comes from a fellow Republican he appointed less than a month ago.
With Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) aiming to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election, six candidates are vying to replace Fioretti as alderman, and will face plenty of challenges in a ward where boundaries have completely changed since the last election.
Saying he wants the state to do more to keep people out of prison, Gov. Bruce Rauner has formed a commission to study possible changes to the state’s criminal justice system.
Some sleazy tactics have surfaced in at least one race for alderman on the South Side.
With their final debate over and done with, Mayor Emanuel’s opponents are charting the next steps in their efforts to unseat him, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
WBBM’s Craig Delilmore reports this debate focused largely on issues affecting the African American community and Mayor Emanuel more than once referred to President Barack Obama’s expected visit to designate part of the far South Side’s Pullman community as a national park.
Advocates for and against an elected school board in Chicago squared off in a spirited discussion Monday afternoon, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Mayor Emanuel’s challengers have hammered away at his decision to close 50 schools in Black and Latino neighborhoods during this campaign. But, the Mayor says he’s done what it takes to improve education in those areas, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
In the face of increasing measles cases in Illinois and elsewhere, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said politicians “to stop playing doctor,” and encouraging parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
WBBM Political editor Craig Dellimore reports red light cameras got a lot of play during the debate, with Alderman Bob Fioretti calling for a moratorium.
Just ahead of Wednesday’s televised debate, campaign officials with two of Chicago’s mayoral candidates are arguing about a clandestine leak of information about another debate Thursday, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.