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.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez discusses a federal judge's ruling blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Gutierrez: Immigration Activists “Will Not Be Deterred” By Court Setback

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.

02/17/2015

Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele leads West Side elected official in calling for Obama Library on this side of town. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

West Side Officials Say North Lawndale Obama Library Site Would Have Biggest Impact

West Side elected officials are using this president’s day to raise support for an Obama Presidential Library on the West Side.

02/16/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner: Appointee’s Defiance Over Anti-Union Order Is ‘Bump In the Road’

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.

02/13/2015

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New 2nd Ward Alderman To Face Big Hurdles With Entirely New Boundaries

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.

02/13/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Forms Panel To Recommend Overhaul Of Criminal Justice System

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.

02/12/2015

David Moore and Glenda Franklin are both running for alderman in the 17th Ward. (Supplied Photos)

17th Ward Candidate Slams Mailers As “Lies,” “Lowest Of The Low”

Some sleazy tactics have surfaced in at least one race for alderman on the South Side.

02/12/2015

From left to right: William "Dock" Walls, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Robert Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Willie Wilson on stage at the DuSable Museum of African American History. (Credit: CBS)

With Debates Over, Emanuel’s Challengers Plot Their Next Moves

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.

02/11/2015

From left to right: William "Dock" Walls, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Robert Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Willie Wilson on stage at the DuSable Museum of African American History. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Challengers Take Aim At Upcoming Presidential Visit During Debate

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.

02/10/2015

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Advocates For And Against Elected School Board Debate At City Club Luncheon

Advocates for and against an elected school board in Chicago squared off in a spirited discussion Monday afternoon, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/09/2015

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

Emanuel Defends Record On Education, Decision To Close Schools

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.

02/08/2015

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Durbin: Politicians Should ‘Stop Playing Doctor’ On Vaccines

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.

02/06/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Mayoral Candidates Debate Red Light Cameras, Campaign Contributions

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.

02/04/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Fioretti, Garcia Campaigns Spar Over Leaked Debate Questions

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.

02/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Demonstrators Call On Gov. Rauner To Restore Funding For Social Programs

Advocates for the poor are blasting Governor Bruce Rauner for ending contracts for social services programs that they say were just getting started, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/03/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Dodges Questions On City Benefits For Campaign Donors

Mayor Rahm Emanuel side-stepped reports about his political fundraising practices, while making his own points about ethics reform.

02/03/2015

State Rep. Jeanne Ives  calls for more transparency on the COD's financial dealings (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

State Lawmakers Looking To Thwart Big Severance Deals Like One Given To COD President

Some Illinois lawmakers want to take legislative steps to thwart the kind of big severance deals like the one given to an outgoing suburban college president, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/02/2015

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Supports Countdown Clocks At Red Light Camera Intersections

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed the idea of installing countdown signals at every intersection in Chicago that has a red light camera, so drivers don’t have to slam on the brakes to avoid a ticket.

01/30/2015

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Advocates For Poor Hoping Rauner Will Step Up Fight Against Poverty

In light of a new study showing Illinois lagging in efforts to help fight poverty, advocates were hoping state officials rededicate themselves to the task.

01/29/2015

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti outlines his public safety policies ahead of the February election. (Credit: WBBM/Craig Dellimore)

Fioretti Accuses Emanuel Of Refusing To Press Charges In Mugging Of Mayor’s Son

Chicago Alderman and mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today raised the mugging of Mayor Emanuel’s son as a campaign issue, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/26/2015

Mayoral hopeful William "Doc" Walls reacts to President Obama's endorsement of Rahm Emanuel. (Craig Dellimore)

Mayoral Challengers Shrug Off Obama’s Emanuel Endorsement

The other candidates for mayor are shrugging off the latest boosts for incumbent Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/26/2015

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