Craig 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.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget passed its first major test on Monday, as the City Council’s Budget Committee endorsed the spending plan after the mayor made a slight change to satisfy aldermen who fear his proposed garbage collection fee would be used to pay for other things.
Several City Council members are joining Chicago’s taxi industry in fighting what they say are unfair breaks in the Budget for ride-sharing services like Uber-X and Lyft, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee, has held hearings on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s planned $588-million tax property tax increase, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Runway 10R/28L at the south end of the airfield cost $516 million. Some local officials said it won’t be used enough to justify the cost, and complained it will bring flight noise over new neighborhoods, but deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said it would improve overall air traffic flow at O’Hare.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he had nothing to do with the $23 million in contracts that indicted former Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommended to the school board, and is infuriated with her, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says his staff’s time is too valuable to waste on setting up a friendly wager.
One of the two challengers running against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez next year has said she wants to do better to crack down on gun violence, but she can’t agree with the cornerstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wish list for new state gun laws.
Governor Bruce Rauner has levelled another broadside at Democratic lawmakers, blaming them for the budget impasse that has caused suffering and cuts in social services across the state, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Chicago cab drivers said they plan to stage a one-day strike in Chicago on Thursday, to protest proposed city rules they believe would give ride-sharing services like Uber even more of an unfair advantage.
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had an easy hearing before the City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday, mostly avoiding questions about a proposed cost-saving idea.
Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority reports it’s resolving cases of alleged police misconduct more quickly and handling some controversial issues properly, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
With Houston about to overtake Chicago as the third most populous city in the nation, a local planning expert has offered some bold ideas for putting the boom back in the local economy.
Ohio Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in downtown Chicago this afternoon. He was also in the city doing some fundraising, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
As city budget hearings continued Tuesday, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza told aldermen a new type of vehicle sticker stands to make a substantial amount of money for the city.
This is the first day of City Council hearings into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2016 budget, and the administration is trying to provide aldermen with more details about its revenue and spending plans, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Members of the Illinois congressional delegation said they were as surprised as anyone else when they learned House Speaker John Boehner would be stepping down next month.
Democratic Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and others have urged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore state scholarship money for needy college students.
For a couple of hours today, it was difficult for passengers to get taxicabs out of O’Hare and Midway airports, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Homeless young people and other advocates rallied outside the Thompson Center today, crying out against cuts in social services during the budget impasse, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The head of Metra’s board of directors has urged Congress to extend the deadline to install some costly safety equipment, or the commuter rail line and other railroads could be forced to come to a halt.