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.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan addresses reporters Tuesday in Springfield. (CBS)

Budget Progress? State Leaders Meet 40 Minutes, Agree To Meet The Next Day

Meanwhile, the state’s finances continue to burn, says one government watchdog. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


Governor Bruce Rainer talks to reporters at his Chicago office. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Dem Leaders A No-Show At Gov. Rauner’s Legislative Summit

The political blood feud between the Republican Illinois governor and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, apparently continues. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


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Republican Kirk Predicts ‘Upset’ Of Duckworth In High-Profile Senate Race

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has the latest on the U.S. Senate race that could help shift the balance of power in Washington.


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Kirk, Duckworth Both Say They Are Healthy Enough To Serve In U.S. Senate

Friday was the final debate between Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth.


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Humboldt Park Proposes To Honor Javier Baez

The Cubs haven’t won the World Series yet, but there are already calls for a permanent honor to one player – Baez.

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2 Groups Pull Kirk Endorsement Following His Remark About Duckworth’s Parents

It was the result of comments Kirk made in last week’s debate against opponent Tammy Duckworth.


There's no Chicagoan who was more closely connected to both the Cubs and the Indians than Hall-Of-Famer Lou Boudreau. His son and daughter sit down with CBS 2's Derrick Blakley. | CBS

Hall Of Famer Lou Boudreau Had Strong Cubs, Indians Ties

Boudreau was a player-manager on the Indians’ championship team in 1948 and also a longtime Cubs broadcaster.

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Cubs tickets. | CBS 2 Chicago

Which Local Political Officials Will Be At Chicago World Series Games?

Some aldermen are plenty peeved that the Cubs withdrew their offer to sell them World Series tickets at face value, after ethics officials objected.

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Illinois comptroller candidates Leslie Munger, Republican, left, and her Democratic challenger, Susana Mendoza. (CBS)

Candidates Spending Record Amounts To Win Lesser Known Office Of Illinois Comptroller

The race between Republican Leslie Munger and Democrat Susana Mendoza is in many ways a grudge match between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.



What Really Happened With Trump’s Cancelled Chicago Rally?

Donald Trump made allegations Wednesday night during the final Presidential debate about what really happened with his cancelled Chicago rally.


A new polling place at 15 W. Washington St. has 140 voting machines, (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Trump Voter Fraud Charge Not Scaring Local Election Officials

Neither city nor county officials see voter fraud as being the kind of threat that could tilt an election.


A new attack ad links Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner with Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. | Courtesy of  Leading Illinois For Tomorrow

New Attack Ad Links Gov. Rauner, Illinois GOP To Trump

It’s another wrinkle in the ongoing tussle between the state’s two most powerful politicians.


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Duckworth Calls New Kirk Attack Ad ‘Karl Rove’ Tactic In Race For Senate

A new television commercial for Sen. Mark Kirk claims opponent Rep. Tammy Duckworth turned her back on abuse of veterans.


Ken Bone looks on during Sunday night's presidential debate. (Credit:   (Credit: Rick Wilking-Pool/Getty Images)

Day After 2nd Presidential Debate Like Aftermath Of Gutter Fight

The day after the second debate was like the aftermath of a gutter fight.



VP Candidates’ Job Will Be To Defend Bosses; Avoid Giant Gaffes At Debate

The goal for each will be to defend their bosses and avoid any giant gaffes.


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Kirk, Duckworth Square Off In First Debate For U.S. Senate Seat

GOP incumbent Mark Kirk faced off against Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth at the Chicago Tribune editorial board. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


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Tribune Passes On Trump, Endorses Libertarian Presidential Candidate

The iconic Chicago newspaper has been known for backing Republican candidates for the White House.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2014 May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. The AJC held the form to discuss topics related to the Jewish communities all around the world. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton Seeks Big Bucks At Chicago Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee was making at least two appearances aimed at raking in some big bucks, a day after Republican Donald Trump was in the area.


Donald Trump speaks with Polish-American community members at the Polish National Alliance in Chicago on September 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Trump will be campaigning today in Iowa and Wisconsin.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Greeted By Cheers And Jeers During Chicago-Area Visit

Donald Trump made two Chicago-area stops today, greeted by both admiring supporters and hectoring protesters.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands prior to the start of the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. (GETTY IMAGES)

Did The First Presidential Debate Change Any Minds?

Did the first Clinton-Trump debate change any minds?




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