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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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honor student who had performed with her school band at President Barack Obama's inauguration. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Yes, I Can Be Difficult

Mayor Emanuel admits he alienates people as he pushes hard to accomplish his goals, but he’s not that contrite about it.

05/16/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Urges Governor To Sign Chicago Pension Reform Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel essentially told Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, “I scratched your back, now you scratch mine,” when it comes to pension reform, amid signs the governor might veto or significantly alter legislation to reform two city pension funds.

05/15/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Insists His Door Is Open To Principals’ Concerns

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has sought to counter a perception his administration stifles dissent from school principals, saying he and Chicago Public Schools administrators have an open-door policy.

05/15/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses reporters a the announcement of a new Mariano's in Bronzville. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Mariano’s To Open New Store In Bronzville

Mariano’s, the popular grocery store chain now has plans to build another store on Chicago’s South Side, this one in Bronzeville, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/14/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

State Reps Want New Study Of O’Hare Noise

Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) supported building the new east-west runways at O’Hare, but he said the most recent comprehensive noise studies were conducted before the new runways were built.

05/14/2014

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Residents Want Funds To Fix Gale Math And Science Academy

Members of the community group Chicago Light Brigade say Gale Math and Science Academy is facing a $310,000 funding cut, even though paint is peeling from ceilings and walls and the fire alarm system doesn’t work properly.

05/13/2014

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Quigley: Culture Change Needed At VA

As the Veterans’ Administration launches a nationwide audit of its health facilities, Congressman Michael Quigley says there seem to be some deep rooted problems at the agency

05/12/2014

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Emanuel Trying To Lure NFL Draft To Chicago

As the NFL Draft begins Thursday evening in New York, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping to bring the three-day spectacle to Chicago as soon as next year.

05/08/2014

School pupils hold signs as members of Lagos based civil society groups hold rally calling for the release of missing Chibok school girls at the state government house, in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 5, 2014. Boko Haram on Monday claimed the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno state, on April 15, 2014, which has triggered international outrage, threatening to sell them as 'slaves.'  (Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson Might Lead Delegation To Nigeria

On the day the White House said a U.S. team will head to Nigeria to help search for nearly 300 teenage girls abducted by Islamic extremists, Rev. Jesse Jackson said he’s trying to bring more attention to the girls’ plight.

05/06/2014

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

CTU Head Karen Lewis Calls For Tax On Stock, Futures Transactions To Pay Pensions

The head of the Chicago Teachers Union is touting a tax on stock trades and other transactions to help close a pension gap without cutting benefits for retired teachers.

05/05/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Hearing Held On Lawsuit Aiming To Block Term Limits Proposals

Court proceedings have begun in a lawsuit that aims to block proposals for term limits for the Illinois legislature from being placed on the November ballot, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/05/2014

Doctor Generic

County Touts New Care Plan For Low-Income Residents

Dr. John Jay Shannon, interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System said the county’s not just running hospitals and clinics, it now has its own Medicaid-managed care plan, called CountyCare.

05/02/2014

LA County Passes Major Ban On Plastic Bags In Unincorporated Areas

Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing Rules

The City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.

04/30/2014

City Hall

Quinn, Emanuel Still At Odds Over Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn’s offer to give cities a bigger cut of income tax revenues to help with pension debts without raising property taxes met with a lukewarm reception from the Emanuel administration.

04/29/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Says Next Term Would Be His Last As Governor If Re-Elected

Governor Pat Quinn says his next—and second term—would be his last if he’s re-elected, because he’s long believed in term limits for top officials.

04/28/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Pounces On IDOT Patronage Hiring Allegations To Attack Quinn

Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

04/25/2014

LA County Passes Major Ban On Plastic Bags In Unincorporated Areas

City Council Committee Approves Partial Ban On Plastic Bags

The Chicago City Council’s Health and Environment Committee has given preliminary approval to a partial ban on retailers using those flimsy and ubiquitous plastic bags.

04/24/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Committee Approves Higher Fines For Residents Using Suburban Parking Stickers

The City Council’s Licensing Committee has voted to increase fines for residents who try to avoid paying for Chicago City stickers by registering their cars in the suburbs, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/23/2014

Vice President Joe Biden performs a ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly at the U.S. Capitol on April 11, 2013. Kelly was officially sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner earlier in the day. (Official White House Photo)

Kelly Reflects On ‘Enlightening’ And Challenging First Year In Congress

Congresswoman Robin Kelly said her first year in office replacing imprisoned Jesse Jackson Jr. was “like building a ship in the middle of the ocean,” because she was not only a freshman on Capitol Hill, but three months behind all her colleagues.

04/22/2014

Mayor Applauds Creation Of Federal Violent Crimes Unit For Chicago

U.S. Atty. Zach Fardon’s office created the new violent crimes section, which has been staffed with 16 federal prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Ron DeWald.

04/22/2014

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