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 Questions Project Delay While Democrats Vie For His Spot

The Illinois governor wonders why a transportation project he favors is delayed, while Democrats discuss who’s running for his position.


Ryan, Trump Pull Health Care Bill, Canceling Vote

At President Trump’s request, House Speaker Paul Ryan has pulled the GOP’s health care overhaul bill from consideration.


More Whites Without College Degrees Are Dying

Two Princeton economists led a new study that showed an increase in deaths for white blue collar workers.


Halftime In Springfield, Illinois Still Without A Budget

With the state legislative session already half over, is Illinois closer to a budget or a government shutdown?


CHA To Celebrate Housing Benchmark, But Critics Say It’s Behind Schedule

Critics are still asking questions about whether the CHA is hoarding money, instead of providing more units.


Juan Salgado Named Chancellor Of Chicago City Colleges

As the newly appointed chancellor of Chicago’s City Colleges, Salgado’s job will be to upgrade student performance.


Mendoza Blocks Millions For Rauner Administration Computer Revamp

Is it pure politics — or responsible oversight? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Comptroller Mendoza Getting Under Gov. Rauner’s Skin

Bruce Rauner charges Susana Mendoza is conspiring with her fellow Democrats against him. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Bill Giving Repeat Gun Offenders Stiffer Sentences Advances To Senate

A bill doubling jail time for repeat gun offenders advanced to the Illinois Senate floor after Supt. Eddie Johnson pleaded to lawmakers.


Chicago Teachers Signal One-Day Strike On May 1 If CPS Ends School Year Early

The proposed walkout is related to continuing budget problems within the Chicago Public Schools system.


The New Provisions Of Trumpcare

President Trump unveiled the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, but it immediately came under fire from both the left and the right.


Rep. Roskam Avoids Angry Constituents At Chicago Appearance

The west suburban Republican — under fire for not meeting with constituents in town hall-style settings — did not entertain questions from constituents or reporters outside the City Club. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Pence: Personal E-mail Usage ‘No Comparison’ To Hillary Clinton’s

Vice President Mike Pence admitted he used a personal e-mail address for government business while serving as Governor of Indiana.


Chance “Flustered” After Getting “Vague Answers” From Governor On CPS

After waiting more than two weeks to meet with the governor about funding for Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper emerged from their sit-down Friday visibly frustrated with what he described as “a lot of vague answers.”


Tension Mounts For Social Service Providers As Illinois Budget Deal Collapses

Movement toward a “grand bargain” budget compromise in Spingfield has collapsed. That leaves social service agencies once again facing uncertain funding.


Gov. Rauner Says He’s Working With White House To Curb Violence

Exactly who he’s talking to he won’t say. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Mayor Emanuel Quells Revolt Over Crime-Fighting Spending

Mayor Emanuel nimbly snuffed out an aldermanic revolt over his spending priorities, almost as soon as it began.


Aldermen In High-Crime Wards Defy Emanuel Over Use Of Surplus Money

Mayor Emanuel wants to plant trees and upgrade parks. But some aldermen insist that cash must go to fighting crime.


25 Immigrants Are Now American Citizens

They came to America from 15 different nations, but 25 immigrants are now American citizens.


Rauner Offers Tax-Hike Guidance To End Illinois Budget Stalemate

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he’d accept to end the state’s nearly two-year budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he’s open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income.



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