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 Washington D.C. He says that it is an honor 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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DuPage County Pays Tribute To African American History

The DuPage County Board has used the recent anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King to commemorate the contribution African Americans have made to the county, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Downstate School Districts Say State Budget Cuts Hurting Them, Too

School superintendents from around Illinois are telling an Illinois House Education Task Force that Chicago Public School officials are not alone in saying that the state’s current school funding practices are hurting poor children, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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City Announces Comprehensive Trades Program At Dunbar Career Academy

The Chicago Public Schools have announced that Dunbar Career Academy will establish the city’s first comprehensive high school program for the construction trades, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Ted Cruz, John Kasich Team Up To Stop Donald Trump, But Will It Work In Indiana?

People taking the pulse of the electorate in Indiana says they’re not sure Republican candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich will succeed in their bid to team up and stop Donald Trump’s bid for the presidential nomination, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.



With Arbor Day Approaching, Morton Arboretum President Emphasizes Importance Of Trees To Urban Areas

With Arbor Day less than a week away, the head of the Morton Arboretum is emphasizing how much people in urban areas like this depend on trees and even forests, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.


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Cook Commissioner: Cut Board Member Pay, Use It For Youth Jobs Program

Under Richard Boykin’s ordinance, salaries of each county commissioner and the board president, Toni Preckwinkle, would drop by $10,000 annually.


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CTU President Karen Lewis Labels Governor Rauner An ‘ISIS Recruit’

In perhaps her sharpest rhetoric yet, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union has likened Governor Bruce Rauner to a terrorist, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Friends Of The Parks Group Withholding Opinion On McCormick Place Site For Lucas Museum

The “Friends of the Parks” seem to be holding off on any public opinion about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest proposal for a George Lucas Museum, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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AG Lisa Madigan Backing Legislation To Improve Law Enforcement’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other officials are backing legislation to improve the way law enforcement deals with cases of sexual assault, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Should Illinois Jettison Job Of Lieutenant Governor?

A proposal to eliminate the post of lieutenant governor as an Illinois’ constitutional officer is running into some questions and doubts in Springfield.


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Emanuel Fully Backs Plan To Locate Lucas Museum On Site Of McCormick Place East

With the original site of the George Lucas Museum tied up in court, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his administration is fully behind the alternative plan to locate the museum on land now used for the aging McCormick Place Lakeside Center, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Ministers, Activists Call For Police Reforms In Wake Of Accountability Task Force Report

A group of ministers and others came to City Hall, calling for more than a dozen reforms in the wake of the Police Accountability Tax Force reports issued last week, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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RTA Head Says Chicago Area Needs To Invest More In Public Transit

The head of the Regional Transportation Authority believes the public will understand the need for more public transit money when they hear what the money is buying, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Chicago Court To Experiment With ‘Restorative Justice’ Model

The defendant must be between 18 and 26 years old, and be charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor.


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Mayor Emanuel Hints He Might Consider Replacing Independent Police Review Authority

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hinting that he might consider replacing Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority which investigates complaints of officer misconduct.


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After Nixing Street Closures, Emanuel Agrees To Compromise Plan For Wrigley Field Security

There’s talk of widening sidewalks and having concrete barriers around Addison Street.

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Analyst With Religious Group Argues Separate Facilities Are Best For Transgender People

While some states and localities are considering laws that require transgender people to use certain bathrooms and locker rooms, a religious group official feels separate facilities are the safest answer, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Mayor Emanuel Dismisses Reports Of Cheating Allegations On CPD Exams

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is shrugging off reports that Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s fianceé is named in an investigation of alleged cheating on the last lieutenant’s exam, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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City Council Zoning Committee Approves Ordinance Allowing Topless Clubs To Serve Alcohol

Chicago aldermen have given preliminary approval to a measure that will allow strip clubs that feature topless dancers to also serve alcohol, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Aldermen Say More Police Officers Needed In Wake Record Overtime

Some Chicago aldermen say skyrocketing overtime for police officers means it’s time to hire more cops on the street, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.




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