At Issue

At Issue

At Issue


  • At Issue - Jesus Garcia

    December 14, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Cook County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Jesus Garcia about what he would do for the city, if elected.
  • At Issue - Bob Fioretti

    December 7, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Chicago alderman and mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti about what he would do for the city, if elected.
  • At Issue - Charities

    December 1, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore explores the challenges facing various charities in the Chicago area.
  • At Issue- Kurt Summers

    November 17, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore chats with Chicago's new Treasurer Kurt Summers.
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    November 9, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM's Bernie Tafoya talks with Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George about his transition to retirement, his decision to become a priest nearly fifty-one years ago and the fear of death.
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    November 2, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore joins the head of the non-partisan ‘Reboot Illinois’ Madeleine Doubek to discuss the brutal campaign season, the issues and the record spending on attack ads.
  • At Issue - Crime Victims Bill of Rights

    October 27, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore examines the proposed Crime Victims' Constitutional Amendment on the November ballot. He interviews the head of Marsy's Law for Illinois and an official with the group Rape Victims Advocates.
  • At Issue - Jim Oberweis

    October 20, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews U.S. Senator Dick Durbin about the Ebola outbreak, the terrorist group Isis and his run for reelection.
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

    October 12, 2014

    This week on ‘At Issue’ Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews U.S. Senator Dick Durbin about the Ebola outbreak, the terrorist group Isis and his run for reelection.
  • Political Campaigning and Negative Political Ads

    September 29, 2014

    This week on ‘At Issue’ political editor Craig Dellimore interviews UIC Political Science Professor Dick Simpson and David Melton, director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, about all the big money in political campaigns and the negative political rhetoric.
  • At Issue - State Representative Darlene Senger

    September 21, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews State Representative Darlene Senger about why she believes she should have Congressman Bill Foster’s job, immigration reform and gun violence.
  • At Issue - Senator Mark Kirk

    September 14, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Senator Mark Kirk about the Isis terrorist group, Chicago gangs and the upcoming elections.
  • At Issue - Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan

    September 8, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Faisal Khan, Inspector General for the Chicago City Council, about his role and the clashes with Alderman in some of his investigations.
  • At Issue - Illinois Governor's Race

    August 31, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore shares excerpts from a forum featuring Illinois gubernatorial contenders, Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.
  • At Issue - AARP

    August 24, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews State Director for AARP Bob Gallo and AARP Communications Director Gerardo Cardenas about issues facing older Illinois residents ahead of this fall's elections.
  • At Issue - CTU President Karen Lewis

    August 17, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis about a possible mayoral run, problems facing the city's school system and the controversy over her income.
  • The O’Hare Modernization Project

    August 10, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" guest host Mike Krauser interviews the mayor of Itasca, Jeff Pruyn, and the head of the Fair Allocation in Runways, Jac Charliet, about how the O’Hare Modernization Project will have an impact on homeowners close to the O’Hare Airport.
  • At Issue - Father Michael Pfleger

    August 3, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" guest host Bernie Tafoya interviews Father Michael Pfleger about the need for more community involvement to reduce crime and violence in Chicago and his cash for guns program.
  • Congressman Bill Foster

    July 27, 2014

    This week on 'At Issue' Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Congressman Bill Foster about immigration reform, on his efforts to expand background checks on gun purchases and his views on legislation that would give tax-credit to companies that keep jobs in the U.S.
  • At Issue - The Illinois Tollway

    July 20, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore is joined by the head of the state’s Toll Highway system to discuss how the agency is upgrading major roads, opening a new—and long overdue—interchange, and planning to test some cutting edge technology on the roadways.
  • At Issue - Criminal Justice Reform Committee

    July 13, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews State Rep. Michael Zalewski, one of the leaders of a group of lawmakers who are starting to craft reforms of Illinois' justice system.
  • At Issue - Andy Shaw, Pres. CEO, Better Government Association

    July 6, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews BGA leader Andy Shaw as he marks five years at the helm of the government watchdog group. He discusses investigations, legislation, litigation and fighting for reform.
  • At Issue - Congressman Brad Schneider

    June 29, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore chats with Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider about immigration reform, increasing the minimum wage and the difference between Schneider’s voting record in his first term to that of his Republican opponent former Congressman Bob Dold.
  • At Issue - CTBA Fiscal Forum

    June 22, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore plays clips from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability’s annual fiscal meeting, where the discussion is about how to solve Illinois’ fiscal problem.
  • At Issue - Chicago City Clerk

    June 15, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore chats with Chicago City Clerk Susana Medoza about purchasing city parking stickers, her efforts to ban pet shops from getting animals from puppy mills and her future in government.
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.

12/05/2014

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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.

11/28/2014

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.

11/06/2014

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.

09/05/2014

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.

08/15/2014

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.

08/08/2014

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.

07/31/2014

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.

07/03/2014

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.

06/27/2014

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.

06/13/2014

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.

05/30/2014

Sheila Simon

Simon Non-Committal On Quinn’s Income Tax Plan

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is running for Illinois State Comptroller, had some praise for Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan on Friday, but she stopped short of endorsing his plan to make a 2011 income tax hike permanent.

03/28/2014

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McCarthy Admits Slow Learning Curve – At First – On Changing Gang Structure

McCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become.

02/28/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) is running against Democratic challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, in the 2014 primary election in Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Hardiman Confident In Chances Of Beating Quinn In Race For Governor

Despite being a relative unknown, especially outside Chicago, and having only a few hundred dollars in his campaign fund, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman said he’s serious about trying to beat incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary election in March.

WBBM Newsradio–01/17/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Expert: Courts Need Monitor To Oversee Boot Camp Sentences

Reports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.

11/22/2013

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Durkin Supports Tougher Gun Penalties, But Warns Of Cost

The new leader of Illinois House Republicans said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for tougher penalties for gun crimes could be a good thing, but also expensive.

WBBM Newsradio–10/10/2013

File Photo: Grocery store (Photo credit Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

City Hall: Food Deserts Shrunk 20 Percent Since 2011

The City of Chicago is celebrating a milestone in its efforts to reduce so-called “food deserts” in low-income neighborhoods.

WBBM Newsradio–08/16/2013

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses the union's plans to increase political activity, including seeking candidates to support in the race for mayor and alderman in 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Emanuel, CPS Can’t Be Trusted On School Closing Promises

As the plan to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools moves forward, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union said she has numerous examples of what can go wrong, and has gone wrong with previous school closings and consolidations.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

CPS Boss: Special Needs Students Will Keep Teachers After School Closings

The head of the Chicago Public School system has been trying to reassure parents of students with special needs that they won’t suffer if their current schools are consolidated or closed.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

Cover of Isabel Wilkerson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Warmth of Other Suns" (Supplied by Chicago Public Library)

Chicago Library’s ‘One Book, One Chicago’ Program To Go Year-Round

The city’s popular “One Book, One Chicago” book club at the Chicago Public Libraries will expand its slate of programs, but will focus on one book a year instead of two.

WBBM Newsradio–03/15/2013