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.

Rauner, Top Legislators Meet To Talk About Budget Deal

With six weeks until the state budget deadline, the hard bargaining is under way between Gov. Rauner and Democratic leaders.


Renovations At The Governor’s Mansion

The grand opening is set for July 14.


The Promise Of Transparency

The real showdown is still to come over how much control to give civilians.


Pritzker Favors Higher Tax On Rich To Pay For State Pensions

Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker is strongly defending Illinois’ generous state pensions.


A Power Play In Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Three candidates are focusing their fire on one target: Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


McCarthy Criticizes Emanuel In Mayoral Bid

McCarthy also criticized Emanuel over crime and a homicide count that soared after Emanuel fired McCarthy after the Laquan McDonald shooting.


Illinois Governor’s Race Heats Up

Governor Bruce Rauner is accusing Democrats of meddling in the GOP primary to try to influence the outcome.


After Opposing Soda Tax, Boykin Faces Primary Fight

The Cook County commissioner who led the fight against the sweetened beverage tax is now fighting to keep his job.


Gubernatorial Candidates Question Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker is facing new scrutiny over offshore investments just days before next Tuesday’s primary.


Opponent Revives Domestic Abuse Allegations Against Lawmaker

Mary Carvlin is also slamming the Illinois House Speaker for not distancing himself long ago from Rep. Bob Rita. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Illinois Lawmaker: Fewer School Cops, More Services For Students

In the wake of the Florida shooting, you may be surprised to learn there’s a proposal in Illinois that could reduce the number of police officers in schools.


Gun Control Advocates Look To Springfield

Gun control advocates are now focused on lawmakers at the state level because no one expects changes in gun laws from Washington.


State Budget, Politics To Collide In Springfield Wednesday

Gov. Bruce Rauner is delivering his budget message in Springfield, but he is battling more than money problems this time around.


Embattled Lawmaker Barely Makes Ballot

Ira Silverstein entered Friday’s hearing at the Board of Elections with his political future uncertain.


Illinois Attorney General’s Race: No Clear-Cut Favorite

The contest contains lots of fresh faces, along with one well-known veteran seeking a comeback.


Pritzker Under Fire As Dem Candidates Meet With Tribune

Taxes, tapes and toilets — just three of the topics when the Democratic candidates for governor get together in the same room. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Rauner Readies Deluxe Attack Ad

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he has the entire FBI-taped conversation between ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and J.B. Pritkzer, and he wants to air it all.


Women Elected Officials Share #MeToo Stories

A new Chicago ordinance takes effect next month, establishing sexual harassment training and a new city hotline to report violations.


Rauner Gets Mixed Reviews While Staying At Veterans Home

Gov. Bruce Rauner prepared to spend his third night at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, with first lady Diana scheduled to join him.


Veteran Lawmaker No Shoo-In For Re-Election

For only the second time in his 27 years in Springfield, Rep. Dan Burke, brother of Ald. Ed Burke, is facing an opponent.




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