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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Chicago-Based Medical Technology Company Expanding, Adding Hundreds Of Jobs

A medical industry technology company is expanding its operations here in Chicago, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/26/2015

Animal Sanctuary Needs £200,000 To Avoid Closure

Dogs And Cats, Riding Trains Together? Not Mass Hysteria To Metra

The suburban commuter rail agency is considering allowing small pets on weekends on the Rock Island Line, with some conditions.

01/23/2015

William "Dock" Walls (Supplied Photo)

Walls On Bid For Mayor: “We Work Harder Than The Other Candidates”

Cash-strapped mayoral hopeful William “Dock” Walls says his campaign is going strong, and getting stronger in race pitting four challengers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

01/23/2015

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

Aldermen Propose Having Hearings Prior To Each Placement Of New Red Light Camera

There’s a new proposals for stiffer requirement before the city of Chicago installs any new red light cameras, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/21/2015

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Aldermen Approve Crackdown On Scofflaw Landlords

Among other things, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday is expected to approve an ordinance aimed at protecting the tenants of apartment buildings whose landlords chronically fail to address serious building code violations.

01/21/2015

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) calls on the City Council Housing Committee to hold hearings on a proposed ordinance to give the council direct oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Moreno, Housing Activists Seek To Move CHA Overhaul Plan

Several Aldermen and housing advocates were pushing for action on a proposed ordinance that would give the City Council direct oversight over the Chicago Housing Authority.

01/21/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Mayor Emanuel Outlines Plan To Combat Street Violence

Mayor Emanuel has laid out what he says will be his crime-fighting plan for his second term, if city voters give him one, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/20/2015

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Fioretti Proposes Parking Ticket Amnesty Program

Fioretti, who is one of four challengers facing off against Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month, said he’s introducing an ordinance that would cancel the onerous fees and penalties for parking ticket scofflaws, if they pay up their original unpaid parking fines in full.

01/20/2015

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster with Crest Hill computer science teacher Tara Linney at an Hour of Code event in December. (Credit: U.S. Rep. Bill Foster's Office)

Computer Science Teacher To Be Foster’s Guest At State Of The Union

Congressman Bill Foster will host a teacher as his special guest Tuesday night for President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address.

01/20/2015

Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) discusses a proposed ordinance to increase transparency involving efforts to privatize city services or assets. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Council’s Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization Deals

Members of the Chicago City Council’s so-called “Progressive Caucus” were trying to pressure the Emanuel administration to help move an ordinance that would provide more information about efforts to privatize city assets or services.

01/20/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Wants Tough Talk On Terrorism From Obama During State Of The Union

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is talking about what he is—and isn’t—looking forward to in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

01/19/2015

Maria Contreras-Sweet.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Head Of Small Business Administration Announces Expansion Of Micro Loan Program In Chicago

The head of the federal Small Business Administration is observing Martin Luther King Day is Chicago.

01/19/2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Signals He Might Consider City Reparations For Police-Torture Victims

Community activists and torture victims have been stepping up pressure on the city to approve a $20 million fund for victims of police torture dating back to the 1970s.

01/16/2015

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Aldermen Back Plan To Expand Police Profiling Restrictions

The city’s racial profiling restrictions already do more than prohibit police stops based the driver’s race, they also ban religion, sexual orientation, or disability from being used as probable cause for a stop. Proposal would also ban stops based on national origin or gender identity.

01/16/2015

A Mariano's sign. (CBS)

Mariano’s Breaks Ground On Bronzeville Store

The supermarket will open next year in the Bronzeville neighborhood, at the corner of Pershing Road and King Drive, making it the first Mariano’s on the South Side.

01/15/2015

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Activists, Police Torture Victims Renew Call For Reparations

Justice advocates have marked Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday by raising their voices for reparations for victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

01/15/2015

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Rivals Question Emanuel’s Economic Policies

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepared to outline his economic development agenda for a possible second term in office, his challengers were lining up to criticize his record during his first term.

01/14/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces a partnership between Von Steuben High School, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Exelon, in order to help high school students earn college credit in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel: Success For Today’s Students Depends On Technology Training

Rahm Emanuel has been able to build a career as an investment banker, congressman, top White House aide, and mayor of Chicago after majoring in dance in college, and getting a master’s degree in speech and theater; but he said such a success story would not be possible today without some education in technology.

01/14/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces a partnership between Von Steuben High School, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Exelon, in order to help high school students earn college credit in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel To Rauner: Keep Your School Funding Promise

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged to hold Gov. Bruce Rauner to his promise to increase education funding, now that the Republican venture capitalist has been sworn in as governor.

01/13/2015

A lit furnace. (CBS)

City Fielding 30 Complaints A Day About Insufficient Heat

A top city official said inspectors have been forced to take emergency action to help some tenants get adequate heat in their buildings during this week’s cold snap.

01/08/2015

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