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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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.

02/25/2016

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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.

02/24/2016

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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.

02/23/2016

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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.

02/22/2016

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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.

02/22/2016

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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.

02/21/2016

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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.

02/16/2016

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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.

02/09/2016

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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.

02/08/2016

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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.

02/08/2016

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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.

02/07/2016

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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.

02/03/2016

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Suburban Attorney Files Petition To Get Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Kicked Off Illinois Ballot

A suburban attorney says he filed an objection to Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz being on the Illinois Primary ballot in hopes of bringing a court fight and help from Donald Trump, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore

02/01/2016

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Treasurer Say City Holding Banks Accountable For Promises To Invest In Impoverished Neighborhoods

Chicago’s treasurer says the administration is now holding banks more accountable for promises they make to invest in some of the city’s impoverished neighborhoods, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/31/2016

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Mayor Emanuel Meets With State Lawmakers To Discuss His Legislative Priorities

Ahead of tomorrow’s State of the State address by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with more than a dozen state lawmakers to discuss his administration’s legislative agenda and efforts on education and public safety, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/26/2016

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Emanuel Defends High Price For New Chicago Police Advisor Charles Ramsey

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending his hiring of a high-priced, former high-ranking Chicago Police official as the City’s Police Department makes reforms after the Laquan McDonald shooting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/25/2016

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Illinois Advocate Looks Back On Progress Made By LGBT Community

One of Chicago’s leading advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is stepping away from his role in a matter of months and looking back on the work advocates like him have been able to do in recent years, reports
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/24/2016

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Church-Based Activist Group Calls For Creating Chicago Police Auditor To Enforce Reforms

A church-based activist organization has used the Martin Luther King Holiday to call on local officials to back reforms in the Chicago Police Department, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/18/2016

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Even Without Budget, Rauner Says He Is Proud Of His First Year Accomplishments

Governor Bruce Rauner may not be able to boats of passing a budget that’s shaken up Springfield, but he says there are still some accomplishments he’s proud of after his first year in office, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/17/2016

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Vote On Ordinance Giving City Inspector General Oversight Of City Council Postponed

An effort to bring Chicago aldermen under the city’s top investigative watchdog was derailed today in City Council.

01/13/2016

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