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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.

Doctor Generic

Chicagoans Living 7 Years Longer, New Health Report Says

The average life expectancy is now is a record-high 77.8 years, compared with 70.3 years at the start of the period. WBBM’s Craig Dellimore reports.

06/12/2014

Dan Rutherford

Former Rutherford Aide’s Lawyer Compares Treasurer To Mob Boss

The attorney for a former aide to Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford claimed the former candidate for governor acted like a “mob boss,” by intimidating employees to work on his campaign, and that of 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

06/12/2014

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois)

Rep. Gutierrez Undeterred On Immigration Reform Despite Tea Party Victory

A key primary victory for the Tea Party doesn’t seem to be discouraging Congressman Luis Gutierrez as he presses the case for immigration legislation in Congress, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/11/2014

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Local Politicians, Business Leaders Call On Congress To Pass Immigration Reform

Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel and other elected officials joined some of the area’s top business people in again demanding a congressional vote on comprehensive immigration reform, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/09/2014

Skyline of Chicago taken from Willis Tower. (CBS)

Electric Firm Moving Back To Chicago

Meade Electric Co. designs, installs and maintains electric, gas and telecommunications systems, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

06/06/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Still Won’t Spell Out His Plans For City Pension Reform Legislation

A plan to overhaul some of Chicago’s underfunded employee pension systems could spell a long weekend for Gov. Pat Quinn, who has until Monday to decide what to do with the legislation on his desk.

06/06/2014

Money

Minimum Wage Panel To Hold Public Hearing Monday Evening

As the City of Seattle starts to raise its minimum wage to $15-an hour, Mayor Emanuel’s hand-picked panel is preparing to hold its first public hearing on how Chicago might raise the minimum wage here, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/03/2014

(Photo Illustration by David McNew/Getty Images)

Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Drugmakers Accused Of Deceptive Marketing

The City of Chicago is suing five pharmaceutical companies for what officials call deceptive marketing of powerful painkillers, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/03/2014

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

Emanuel: Fee Increase Needed To Make 911 Operations Self-Sufficient

Mayor Emanuel says it’s “premature” to say if a higher tax on phone bills could be used to reduce the property tax hike he’s planned to help shore up the pension system, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/02/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Chicago Officials Praise Legislation To Make Expunging Juvenile Records Easier

Elected officials from Chicago are heralding the passage of legislation making it easier for young people to have their minor arrest records erased, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/02/2014

FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Robert Holley took command of the Chicago office in late 2013. (Credit: FBI)

FBI Boss: Public Corruption Unit ‘Gonna Be Busy For A While’

Despite so many high-profile arrests and convictions in political corruption cases in Chicago, the head of the local FBI office said there are still plenty of active investigations running.

05/30/2014

The Divvy bike station at Daley Plaza is used by many city employees who work at City Hall, across the street, and get a discount on annual memberships in the bike sharing program. (Credit: CBS)

City Claims Report Of Divvy Program Deficit Is Premature

The Emanuel administration on Thursday sought to downplay a published report its highly-touted Divvy bike rental program was operating at a deficit taxpayers might have to make up.

05/29/2014

Surveillance video of a police raid on a West Side tanning salon. (Credit: Hamilton Law Office)

Demonstrators Demand Action Over Alleged Brutality At Tanning Salon

A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall, expressing their outrage about the case of tanning parlor manager Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek.

05/29/2014

(CBS File Photo)

Ordinance Would Ban City Uniforms From Being Made In Sweathshops

Aldermen and advocates have introduced an ordinance to ensure that uniforms for City of Chicago Employees are not produced in sweatshops, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/28/2014

(Rendering courtesy of the Chicago Cubs)

Emanuel: Cubs Have More Work To Do On Expanded Wrigley Renovation Plan

Rahm Emanuel says parts of the new proposal were a surprise and need more time to be looked at.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Push For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

Sponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.

05/28/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council To Examine Distribution Of Street Project Funding

The City Council is going to take another look at how the Administration divides up the money that the Aldermen control for street projects in their wards.

05/27/2014

(AP File Photo)

Psychologists Seek Authority To Prescribe Drugs In Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly could soon vote on a measure that would allow psychologists — who are not medical doctors — to prescribe medicines much the same as psychiatrists who have medical degrees.

05/21/2014

Solider Field. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Emanuel Endorses Soldier Field Parking Lot Location For Lucas Museum

Mayor Emanuel says he endorses a recommendation that would give a museum created by movie giant George Lucas on some prime Lakefront real estate…near Soldier Field, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/20/2014

Surveillance video of a police raid on a West Side tanning salon. (Credit: Hamilton Law Office)

Woman Accuses Chicago Police Of Brutality In Raid Caught On Video

The lawyer for a woman shown on video being hit by a police officer, says he and another cop don’t deserve to wear the uniform, reports WBBM Political editor Craig Dellimore.

05/19/2014

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