Derrick Blakley

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In June 2003, Blakley returned to CBS after 15 years at NBC 5 Chicago. Previously, he had worked for CBS News for seven years, based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany.

Blakley, a five-time Emmy Award winner, started at WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter. He later anchored the weekend morning newscasts and, finally, the weekend evening news.

Blakley got his start in television news as a reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. He began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

Blakley, a Chicago native, graduated from Hales Franciscan High School, and now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois.

Rauner Calls Special Session, But Will Lawmakers Pass Budget?

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley explains why tougher rules now in place for passing anything in Springfield may actually be a blessing in disguise.

06/15/2017

Trump Stops In Milwaukee As Sessions Is Grilled In D.C.

Healthcare and jobs was the president’s theme Tuesday.

06/13/2017

Comey Testimony Telegraphed In Document

The fired FBI director is expected to tell lawmakers President Trump asked him what could be done to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

06/07/2017

Rauner, Dems Trade More Barbs About Jobs

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined Hegewisch small business owners Tuesday in a kind of economic walk of shame.

06/06/2017

Gov. Rauner Not Surprised At Bond Rating Drop

Just one day after Illinois lawmakers left Springfield without approving a budget, Bruce Rauner’s spirits are still up. But Illinois debt ratings are down – again.

06/01/2017

A Welcome First: A Memorial Day Parade On Chicago’s South Side

It may have been a small-scale parade and celebration, but it was a big step forward for community pride. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/29/2017

Rauner Signals He’ll OK Budget Deal For ‘Lasting’ Property Tax Freeze

In a Facebook Live chat, the Republican incumbent publicly divulged his bottom line for completing a budget compromise. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

05/23/2017

Hoosiers Divided Over Trump

At least they were Thursday in Porter County, Indiana, where CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley visited.

05/18/2017

Non-Profit That Serves Children Makes Drastic Cut In Services

By the end of June, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois plans to close nine programs, costing 100 people their jobs.

05/16/2017

Rauner, Emanuel Take Credit For Job Project, Blame Each For School Funding

It was a rare joint appearance for the squabbling mayor of Chicago and the governor of Illinois. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

05/11/2017

FBI Director James Comey Fired By President Trump

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

05/09/2017

Potential Roskam Challenger Vows To Make Health Care The Issue

Democrat Kelly Mazeski’s own health care journey is at the very heart of her campaign, says CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.

05/04/2017

Mayor Emanuel, New FOP President Appear Together At Event

The occasion was to honor Chicago’s fallen officers, but a contract showdown looms. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

05/02/2017

Sen. Durbin On Recent Heart Procedure

After undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, Durbin has a message for those who want to cut medical research funding.

05/02/2017

Teachers, Immigrants Mark International Workers’ Day

A number of demonstrations have been planned for May Day in Chicago, to celebrate worker and immigrant rights.

05/01/2017

Gov. Rauner, Speaker Madigan Have Rare Face-To-Face Meeting

Both sides in the intense political duel issued carefully worded statements about the budget-related meeting today in Springfield.

04/27/2017

Activists Gather In Springfield To Protect Abortion Rights

Dozens of women descended on Springfield on Tuesday to protest Gov. Rauner’s flip-flopped position on abortion.

04/25/2017

Obama Talks About Plans For His “Next Job” – Preparing New Leadership

The forum was former President Barack Obama’s first public event and first public visit to Chicago since leaving the office in January.

04/24/2017

Trump Signs ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order In Wisconsin

Trump signed an executive order requiring the federal government to buy American-made products if at all possible during a visit to Kenosha.

04/18/2017

Chicago Alderman: Airport Security Officers Need To Go

Ray Lopez makes the suggestion in the wake of last weekend’s fiasco in which a paying United passenger was dragged off a plane. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

04/14/2017

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