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.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Defends Plan To Raise Cook County Sales Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is defending her attempt to bring back the sales tax increase she vowed to eliminate when she first ran for the office, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Democratic Lawmaker Says Next Moves In Budget Standoff In Gov. Rauner’s Hands

A key lawmaker says many of the next moves are in the governor’s hands, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Aldermen meet in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Despite Few Misgivings, City Council Approves $1.1 Billion Bond Issue

The Chicago City County today quickly approved a $ 1.1 billion dollar bond issue that the Emanuel administration asked for, despite a few misgivings, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel: Compromise Needed In State Budget Battle

Mayor Emanuel says the increasing war of words in the battle over the state budget isn’t likely to help resolve the differences, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Says He Is Willing To Compromise On Budget If Rauner Is “Reasonable”

Illinois House Speker Michael Madigan is disputing Governor Rauner’s characterization of him as someone unwilling to compromise, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking Cases

With the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.


A city worker uses a graffiti blaster to remove graffiti on an alley wall on the Near West Side. (Credit: CBS)

City Significantly Reducing Time It Takes To Remove Graffiti

“When the complaint comes in, it’s down within five days; very often, within three days. If it’s high, it may take a day or two longer, but within five days the graffiti is removed,” said Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Again Calls On Springfield To Help City Fix Its Finances

(CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago is doing what it can to resolve its debt problems, but action from Springfield is still vital. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City […]


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Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Makes Campaign Stop In Chicago

– Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul brought his presidential campaign and his policy positions to Chicago in one of the first overtly political public visits to the city this year, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

After Violent Weekend, Emanuel Says Stronger Gun Laws Needed

Mayor Emanuel attended a luncheon honoring police officers for valor and service above and beyond the call and he acknowledged this was a weekend with far too many shootings and deaths.


Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico (City of Naperville)

Naperville Mayor Cool To Governor’s Anti-Labor Agenda

Steve Chirico says his city gets along with unions, but Naperville leaders support other aspects of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.”


Sister Carolyn Sieg has been principal of St. Joan of Arc School in Lisle for 48 years. Before that, she was a teacher and student there. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Catholic School Principal Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

Sister Carolyn Sieg has lived most of her life around St. Joan of Arc School; having been a student and teacher at St. Joan of Arc School in Lisle before serving as principal there for 48 years.


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Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget Analyst

A nearly two-year deadlock over who would run the Chicago City Council’s independent budget office has come to an end, as aldermen have reached a consensus choice to become their first-ever financial analyst.


Emanuel Says Progress On City Financial Matters Being Made In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in Springfield, there’s progress being made on financial matters important to Chicago right now, though most of it has been behind the scenes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits with a business incubator program in Englewood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore.)

Startup Boot Camp Program Aims To Spur New Businesses In Chicago

The Emanuel administration is trying to spur entrepreneurial spirit on the South Aide, with a little help from Google, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Marcus Norris. (Credit: CBS)

Mention In Emanuel’s Inauguration Speech Brings Smile To Face Of One Chicago Teen

Just a couple of hours after his inauguration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was greeting a line of well-wishers in an open house at his City Hall office, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


David Axelrod

Axelrod: Race A Factor In Some Criticism Of President Obama

The political strategist who coined the “Yes We Can” slogan for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign says he thinks race plays a role in some of the harsh criticism the president receives, even now, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In Jail

Four top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Business Owners Applaud Rauner’s Economic Agenda

A group of suburban business owners on Tuesday said Gov. Bruce Rauner is mostly hitting the right notes as he tries to move the state’s economy forward.


Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Advisory Panel Endorses Use Of Medical Pot To Treat PTSD, Not Diabetes

An advisory board is recommending a few more illnesses that should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.