At Issue

At Issue

  • WBBM's At Issue: Healthy Football Snacks 10/2/2015

    October 2, 2015

    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sara Haas says football season is upon us and so is the time tor tailgating and viewing parties.
  • WBBM's At Issue: Chicago Aldermen and the City Budget 09/27/2015

    September 27, 2015

    It's a roundtable discussion about the challenges in considering Mayor Emanuel's Budget with Aldermen Will Burns (4th). Rick Munoz (22nd) and John Arena (45th).
  • WBBM's At Issue: CPS CEO Forrest Claypool 09/20/2015

    September 21, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore is joined by Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool.
  • WBBM's At Issue: Attorney Kimberly Foxx (9/13/2015)

    September 14, 2015

    Attorney Kimberly Foxx—who was Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's chief of staff— discusses her plans to run against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.
  • WBBM's At Issue: Political Expert Charles Wheeler III (09/06/2015)

    September 6, 2015

    Longtime Journalist, Columnist and Educator Charles Wheeler, in Springfield, discusses was that top lawmakers and the Governor could end their bitter budget stalemate.
  • At Issue - Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez 08-30-15

    August 30, 2015

    Anita Alvarez talks with Political Editor Craig Dellimore about gun violence, alternative prosecutions, and party politics among other topics.
  • At Issue - Legislative Remap 8-23-15

    August 25, 2015

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with advocates who want an independent commission to redraw voting districts for the Illinois legislature.
  • At Issue - Criminal Justice Reform 8-16-15

    August 16, 2015

    Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Conservative and Progressive experts on the Criminal Justice System about their joint efforts to bring about real reform.
  • At Issue - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

    August 9, 2015

    The CTU leader discusses the ongoing contract talks, and verbal battles with Governor Rauner and the School officials over pensions and more.
  • At Issue - Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans

    August 2, 2015

    City's new Aviation Commissioner talks about the new plan for reducing jet noise around O'Hare Airport, new runways and plans to make the airport experience better for passengers.
  • At Issue - Cook County Health System CEO Dr. Jay Shannon

    July 26, 2015

    The head of the County's Health and Hospitals system discusses providing care for the needy, and improving the way all their facilities take care of patience in tough fiscal times.
  • At Issue-Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

    July 19, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. The top cop discusses crime strategies and police relations with the community.
  • At Issue - "Chiraq" Forum

    July 12, 2015

    This week on At Issue well bring you excerpts from a lively City Club luncheon that ranged from a debate about the name of director Spike Lee's Chicago-based movie "Chiraq" to gun violence, poverty and race relations in the city.
  • At Issue 7-5-15: Andrea Zopp, Democratic U-S Senate Candidate

    July 5, 2015

    Andrea Zopp, the former head of the Chicago Urban League, discusses how she believes her background in education, economic matters, social justice and other matters makes her the strongest candidate for Senator Mark Kirk's seat.
  • At Issue - The State of Congress

    June 28, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore and the author of “Unlock Congress” Michael Golden talk about why some people feel that Congress has failed the American people and what can be done to change that.
  • New City Council

    June 21, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews three alderman about the new city council, how to combat violence in Chicago and Mayor Emanuel’s budget for the upcoming year.
  • At Issue - Shedd Aquarium & Alliance for the Great Lakes

    June 14, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM's Bernie Tafoya talks about the health of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes with officials from the Shedd Aquarium and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
  • At Issue - Cook County Jail Director Nneka Jones-Tapia

    June 7, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Reporter Mike Krauser interviews new Cook County Jail Director Nneka Jones-Tapia, a Clinical Psychologist, who oversees what has been called the nation's largest mental health institution.
  • At Issue - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

    June 1, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan joins WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore to discuss conflicts with Governor Rauner over the budget and Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” and what it will take to resolve the impasse.
  • At Issue - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

    June 1, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan joins WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore to discuss conflicts with Governor Rauner over the budget and Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” and what it will take to resolve the impasse.
  • At Issue - Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico

    May 24, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with the new Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico, about the challenges facing Illinois' 4th largest city, and how the suburb will fair under Governor Rauner's budget proposals.
  • At Issue - David Axelrod

    May 17, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews former Senior White House Adviser and former campaign strategist David Axelrod, who helped launch many political careers, including President Barack Obama, about his career in politics.
  • Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle

    May 10, 2015

    This week on “At Issue” Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle about reforming the criminal justice system, the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act and the political landscape.
  • At Issue - Better Business Bureau

    May 3, 2015

    This week on “At Issue” WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore joins the Better Business Bureau in a discussion of scams and how you can protect yourself from being a victim.
  • At Issue - Friends of the Parks

    April 26, 2015

    This week on “At Issue” Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews members from the Friends of the Parks organization about the Barack Obama Presidential Library, the departure of their CEO and why they do not want the Lucas Museum on the Lakefront.
Road Work

Interest Group Suggests Raising Gas Tax To Improve Chicago Area Roads

With Houston about to overtake Chicago as the third most populous city in the nation, a local planning expert has offered some bold ideas for putting the boom back in the local economy.


Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Claypool Still Hopeful For Compromise On Pension Bailout From State

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said he’s not discouraged by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s opposition to a nearly $500 million bailout of the financially-strapped school district.


Alison Parker and Adam Ward (Credit: WDBJ7)

Alvarez: Journalists’ Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background Checks

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.


Court Generic

Conservatives And Progressives Unite To Overhaul Criminal Justice System

Todd Belcore, lead attorney with the Sergeant Shriver Center on Poverty Law, a social justice group, said he’s not surprised conservatives at the Illinois Policy Institute agree too many people are being jailed too long for the wrong reasons.


Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Garcia Continue To Squabble Over City Budget

As they approach Tuesday’s runoff election, Mayor Emanuel and challenger Chuy Garcia continue to clash over how much to say–or not say–about plans to confront the city’s budget woes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.


(Credit: University of Illinois Press)

Corruption In Illinois Didn’t Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With Fraud

A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.


Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner’s Budget Plan

Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.


(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

New 2nd Ward Alderman To Face Big Hurdles With Entirely New Boundaries

With Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) aiming to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election, six candidates are vying to replace Fioretti as alderman, and will face plenty of challenges in a ward where boundaries have completely changed since the last election.


Ald. Robert Fioretti

Fioretti Pushes Commuter Tax, Rejects Garcia’s Graduated Income Tax Proposal

The two most prominent contenders running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February have come up with some very different ideas about raising revenue for Chicago.



Despite Economic Recovery, Charities Still Struggling For Dollars

At a time when many people give to charity groups, the economy has improved, but there are still challenges in raising money.


Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich (R) greets Francis Cardinal George during a press conference on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the 9th archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cardinal George “Cleaning The Slate” For Cupich Before Retirement

Less than two weeks until Cardinal Francis George retires as archbishop of Chicago and makes way for Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich, George said the transition is well-underway.


Chicago City Council Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan

City Council Watchdog Welcomes Shifting Duties To Chicago IG

The city official tasked with monitoring the City Council for corruption and waste said he’d be happy to be out of work, if aldermen give real investigative power to someone else.


Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Chicago Voters ‘Absolutely Unimpressed’ With Emanuel

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.


A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Noise Critic: FAA Understatement Of O’Hare Traffic Changes Was “Strategic”

Activists upset with the increased jet noise from the new runway configuration at O’Hare International Airport have said they believe the city and the FAA conspired to hide the impact of new flight patterns on homes and businesses along airport flight paths.


Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger Organizing Gun Turn-In Program For Young Adults

Activist priest Fr. Michael Pfleger has planned another gun buyback program, but his latest effort to get guns off the streets has a twist.


Cook County government seal (CBS)

BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.


U.S. Capitol Dome

Schneider: Lack Of Immigration Reform Holding Back Economy

A year after the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform plan, North Shore Congressman Brad Schneider said it’s unfortunate the bill remains stalled in the House.


Chicago City Sticker (CBS)

Year-Round City Sticker Sales Coming To Clerk’s Office

This is the last June that Chicago motorists will have to wait in long lines outside the City Clerk’s office to get their vehicle stickers.


FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Robert Holley took command of the Chicago office in late 2013. (Credit: FBI)

FBI Boss: Public Corruption Unit ‘Gonna Be Busy For A While’

Despite so many high-profile arrests and convictions in political corruption cases in Chicago, the head of the local FBI office said there are still plenty of active investigations running.