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.

A new 53-story office building at 150 N. Riverside Plaza will include a 1.5-acre public park. (Credit: Goettsch Partners)

Work Begins On New Riverfront Office Tower

The start of construction on a new office building along the west bank of the Chicago River could change the riverfront landscape in more ways than one.

07/25/2014

Chicago Public Schools

Mayor Defends Controversial School Budget Moves

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the Chicago Public Schools’ use of what some would call a fiscal “gimmick” to balance its $6.8 billion budget for next school year.

07/25/2014

A city worker removes graffiti.  (Credit: Vince Gerasole)

Aldermen Back Tougher Fines For Graffiti

The Committee on Public Safety on Thursday recommended the full City Council approve increased fines for those convicted of graffiti offenses from $750 to a range of $1,500 to $2,500.

07/24/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Back Temporary Halt To SRO Hotel Conversions, Demolitions

The City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate has recommended passage of an ordinance that would prohibit owners from tearing down single-room occupancy hotels, or converting them to condos for six months.

07/24/2014

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Wagusepack: Mayor ‘Needs To Take The Lead’ On Red Light Camera Problems

A frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding his actions, if not his words, in the wake of a Chicago Tribune report finding thousands of erroneous red light tickets might have been issued during mysterious spikes in citations.

07/23/2014

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

Congressman Roskam Calls For Funds To Clean Up West Chicago Factory Site

Suburban Congressman Peter Roskam is trying to keep up the Pressure on the Department of Energy to keep funds flowing for the clean-up of radioactive waste at the old Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago and other places, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/22/2014

Governor Pat Quinn (Left) and Bruce Rauner (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn, Rauner Trade Barbs Over Budget Plans

The budget debate between Democrat Governor Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner now includes accusations of “flim-flamming” and “flip-flopping, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/22/2014

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Tollway Boss: Route 53 Extension Not A Done Deal

Kristi LaFleur acknowledges the original estimated price tag for the Northern extension of Route 53 is nearly $3 billion.

07/18/2014

South Shore Cultural Center (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

South Shore To Host African-American Small Business Expo

Business Affairs Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said the audience on Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center will include budding entrepreneurs and business owners looking to expand.

07/18/2014

Northside College Prep High School was named the top school in Illinois and the #36 college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. (Credit: Facebook)

CPS Officials Defend Diversity Of Selective-Enrollment High Schools

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials on Tuesday about declining minority enrollment at some of the most renowned selective-enrollment schools in the city.

07/15/2014

A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Lawmakers Call On Quinn To Approve Ride-Sharing Regulations

State lawmakers and others are calling on Governor Quinn to sign legislation that would increase regulations on so-called ride-sharing companies, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/14/2014

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Illinois To Receive $84 Million From Citigroup Settlement

It is part of a national settlement with Citigroup because of the bank’s misconduct in the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities

07/14/2014

A school bus that was partly crushed by a section of a crumbling bridge has become the centerpiece of a nationwide push for Congress to pass a comprehensive highway funding bill. (Credit: Wendy Widom/CBS)

Unions Organize School Bus Tour To Call For Federal Highway Funding

Union laborers throughout the Midwest have joined the call for passage of a long-term highway bill in Congress; and they said it’s not just about jobs, it’s about safety.

07/11/2014

Powerful storms snapped the flagpole and utility pole, and blew out windows at Earlville High School on the night of June 30. (Credit: CBS)

ComEd: SmartGrid Reduced Outages During Last Week’s Storms

Officials at ComEd said, believe it or not, power outages from last week’s severe storms could have been worse, if not for the new “smart grid” upgrades the utility has made in the past few years.

07/10/2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. talks to reporters about his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from Congress on Nov. 21, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need To Do More To Combat Chicago Violence

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/09/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Feds To Lawmakers: Stop Calling For Quinn Staff To Testify

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the governor is shrugging off the news.

07/09/2014

Activist Adeline Bracey and other minimum wage workers say the mayor's plan to raise the  Chicago minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018 isn't enough. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Workers, Activists Say Mayor’s Minimum Wage Plan Not Good Enough

Minimum wage workers and community activists came to City Hall on Wednesday to say Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 is too little, too late.

07/09/2014

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Emanuel Wants Agreement Between Cubs, Rooftop Owners Before Landmarks Meeting

Mayor Emanuel is urging the Chicago Cubs organization and rooftop club owners to try to come so some kind of meeting of the minds on Wrigley Field just days before the Landmarks Commission is set to consider plans to renovate the stadium, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/08/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner announces the formation of a committee of Democrats and Independents supporting his campaign. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Lt. Governor Simon Calls On Rauner To Release Full Income Tax Returns

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is the latest to join the campaign-based call for Republican Bruce Rauner to disclose his full tax returns, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/07/2014

Cook County government seal (CBS)

BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

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