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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City Council Zoning Committee Approves Ordinance Allowing Topless Clubs To Serve Alcohol

Chicago aldermen have given preliminary approval to a measure that will allow strip clubs that feature topless dancers to also serve alcohol, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/06/2016

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Aldermen Say More Police Officers Needed In Wake Record Overtime

Some Chicago aldermen say skyrocketing overtime for police officers means it’s time to hire more cops on the street, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/05/2016

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Urban Planning Group Calls For Hiking State Gas Tax To Pay For Transportation Infrastructre

A respected urban planning group is calling for a significant hike in the state’s gasoline tax to pay for a much needed transportation program, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/04/2016

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Cook County Commissioner Pushing $50 Million Plan To Combat Youth Violence

Elected officials, advocates and others are pushing for a Cook County plan to combat widespread youth violence, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/04/2016

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Health Commissioner Says City Doing Right Thing By Making Tobacco Products Harder To Get

Chicago’s top health official has no doubts that the city is doing the right thing by making cigarettes and other tobacco products harder to get for teenagers and more expensive, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/03/2016

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FULL WBBM INTERVIEW: Interim Police Supt. Johnson Vows To Rebuild Community Trust

Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he’s going to be on a listening tour in the coming weeks, working to rebuild the trust that disadvantaged communities should be able to have in the Police Department.

04/01/2016

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Mayor Emanuel Appoints Alicia Tate-Nadeau As New Head Of OEMC

Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice as the next director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, made her formal debut at the 9-1-1 Center Wednesday afternoon, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/30/2016

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City Council Holds Hearing On Lincoln Towing Company

The Chicago City Council heard some sometimes heated testimony over the activities of the notorious Lincoln Towing Company, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/29/2016

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New Initiative Aiming To Make Illinois A Premier Hub For Food Business

People from agriculture and the corporate world will be teaming up in Chicago this week to inaugurate a new organization they hope will make Illinois the premier hub for the food business, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/29/2016

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Author Of New Book Details 100 Things To Do In Chicago

The author of a new book called “100 Things to Do In Chicago Before You Die” admits it’s a long list but says there are many hidden gems among them, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

03/29/2016

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Rauner Says Chicago Teachers Union Plans For One-Day Walkout ‘Wrong’

Governor Bruce Rauner has some sharp words about the Chicago Teachers Union’s plans for a job action on April 1, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/28/2016

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IPRA Head Sharon Fairley Says Agency Working To Speed Up Investigations Of Police Shootings

The new head IPRA, the agency that investigates police shootings, promises most reviews won’t take as long as they have in the past, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/27/2016

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Emanuel Outraged Someone Using Racial Slurs On Police Radio Frequency

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is outraged that someone has been using a police radio frequency to hurl racial slurs, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/23/2016

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State Police Say Beefed Up Patrols Led To More Than 200 Arrests On Chicago Area Expressways

Illinois State Police say their beefed-up patrols in the wake of a series of shooting on the expressways led to more than 200 arrests and a dozen weapons seized, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore

03/22/2016

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Rauner Hoping For One-On-One Meeting With Madigan On Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner said he’s ready to sit down at talk with House Speaker Michael Madigan about budget issues, though he’s not publicly suggesting he is backing off any of his previous positions, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/21/2016

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Durbin, Schakowsky Looking Forward To Cuban Trip With President

Durbin, an ally of President Obama, says the commander-in-chief is showing real leadership by proposing rules that will not only open up Cuba to trade and business, but new ideas as well.

03/18/2016

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West Ridge To Get Chicago’s First Cat Café

The City Council has cleared the way for a so-called “Cat Café” to open in the West Ridge neighborhood, as part of a new animal shelter.

03/17/2016

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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.

03/16/2016

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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.

03/14/2016

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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.

03/07/2016

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