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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Emanuel: Alvarez’s Defeat A Sign Voters Want Police Reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he sees no direct message to him in the results of Tuesday’s Illinois primary elections, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Several Key Suburban Races To Be Decided In Illinois Primary Tuesday

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore takes a look at some key races in the suburbs.


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Latino Politicians Call For Large, Peaceful Protest Of Donald Trump Rally At UIC Friday

Latino elected officials and activists are calling for a vocal, but peaceful, protest when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a planned speech in Chicago on Friday, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Mayor Emanuel Says He Fears Lawsuit Could Cost City Lucas Museum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he fears the continuing lawsuit to block construction of the George Lucas Museum near Soldier Field will cost the city of Chicago that project, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Sanders Campaign Blasts Nabisco Plan To Move Hundreds Of Chicago Jobs To Mexico

Hundreds of workers at the Nabisco bakery at 7300 S. Kedzie Av. are fighting the parent company’s plan to lay off up to 600 of the plant’s 1,200 employees and move the jobs to Mexico.


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Napoleon Harris Touting Leadership In Bid To Top Better Known Rivals For Democratic Senate Nomination

The third Democrat vying for Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s seat was making his case before a luncheon of civic and business leaders today, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Rauner Accuses Madigan Of Blocking Higher Education Spending Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner said he’s supporting legislation to make money available for higher education and scholarships for students, but he insists his nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is standing in the way, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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CTA Preparing To Purchase More Than 850 New Rail Cars

he Chicago Transit Authority is preparing to purchase of more than 850 new rail cars. The head of the CTA is talking about the trains and the possibility of jobs, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Illinois Seniors Challenge Potential Cuts In Home Care

Seniors, unionized workers and a local lawmaker say they are fighting Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to a senior home care program.


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CTU Nurses Say Private Contractors Providing Inadequate Health Care For Students

Unionized school nurses are calling on the Board of Education to reverse a privatization deal they say could be harmful to the health of the students, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Mental Health Advocates Demand Better Services From City For Low-Income Patients

Mental health advocates protested outside of Mayor Emanuel’s office today, saying that there are still not enough services available for low-income mental patients, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Some Illinois Republicans Steering Clear Of Donald Trump’s Comments On Ricketts Family

Some top Republicans seem to be keeping their distance from comments presidential front-runner Donald Trump has made about the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, reports WBBM political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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War Of Words Continues Between Governor Rauner, CPS

Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his war of words with Chicago Public School officials over a state investigation of the CPS budget, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Prison Watchdog Blames Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Increasing Cost Of Criminal Justice System

The head of a prison watchdog group says the prevalence of mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes is driving up the cost of our criminal justice system, and not doing society much good either, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Cook County Task Force Looking For Practical Measures To Stop Gun Violence

A Cook County Task Force on Gun Violence has held its first meeting, with a stated mission of hearing fewer speeches, and more ideas that can actually work, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Dozens Of Aldermen Backing Resolution To Use Surplus TIF Funds To Help CPS

Dozens of aldermen say they want the city to use more than a billion dollars in so-called TIF development funds to help bail out the Chicago Public Schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Democrats Running For U.S. Senate Seat Spar Over Leadership During Tribune Editorial Board Debate

The three Democrats running for incumbent Republican Mark Kirk’s U.S. Senate seat had a mostly cordial debate today. But there were a few sparks, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Aldermen Push Back On Emanuel’s Tobacco Proposal During City Council Hearing

A proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to crack down on cigarette sales to young people drew heavy criticism at a City Council hearing today, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Muslim-American Leader Wants Community To See Itself As Part Of Broader Fight For Justice

A Muslim American leader here in Chicago says he wants members of his community to see themselves as part of a legacy of people from many faiths who have fought for justice so they are working on that vision right now, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Aldermen Propose Changes To Improve Management, Staffing At City Mental Health Clinics

Some Chicago aldermen, mental health workers and others are proposing a new way for the city to help those who need psychological or psychiatric treatment, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.




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