Derrick Blakley

derrick blakley Derrick BlakleyDerrick Blakley is the political reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

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Since June 2003, Derrick has served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, returning to the station 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.

Staredown Continues Over Illinois School Funding

Illinois House Democrats brought together school superintendents to blast Gov. Rauner’s recent school funding veto.


Rauner Veto Designed To Punish Chicago Schools, Critics Claim

Gov. Bruce Rauner this week rewrote part of a school-funding bill. The consequences could be devastating, critics tell CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.


Rauner, Dems Heading Toward School-Funding Showdown

Bruce Rauner summoned all Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate for an hour-long meeting — the first of its kind in anyone’s memory.


Rauner Threatens To Cut Part Of School-Funding Bill

With little more than a month until many school districts open their doors, Springfield still hasn’t finalized a school funding plan.


Sharpton Demands Federal Oversight Of Chicago Cops

They demand federal oversight for Chicago police.


Cop Owns Racially Offensive Websites: Suit

It’s part of a police-brutality complaint the city of Chicago may soon settle for $185,000. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Hillary Clinton To Librarians: Books Helped Me Cope

In her first Chicago appearance since her presidential election loss, Hillary Clinton talked little about the campaign – or President Trump — but a lot about her two upcoming books.


Dems Ask: Where’s Gov. Rauner?

As state lawmakers worked in special session to achieve a budget breakthrough, the man who called the special session wasn’t there.


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.


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

Healthcare and jobs was the president’s theme Tuesday.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hoosiers Divided Over Trump

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


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.


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.


FBI Director James Comey Fired By President Trump

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.


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.




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