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  • At Issue - Metra Chairman Martin Oberman

    April 13, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with the new Chairman of the Board of Metra, Martin Oberman, about the challenges Metra has faced and Oberman’s vision for the rail system.
  • At Issue - Electronic Cigarettes

    April 6, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore focuses on electronic cigarettes and whether or not they should be treated like tobacco products. Joining the discussion, Joel Africk, President and CEO of Respiratory Health Association of Greater Chicago and Victoria Vasconcellos, President of Cignot, an Elmhurst-based marketer of e-ci
  • At Issue - Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon

    March 30, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with Lieutenant Governor and Democratic candidate for State Comptroller, Shelia Simon, about Governor Quinn’s proposed budget and why she should be the next Comptroller.
  • At Issue - Post Primary Reporters' Roundtable

    March 23, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sits down with Political Analyst Bob Crawford and Associated Press Reporter Kerry Lester to talk about the Governor’s race between Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner, the Senate race between businessman Jim Oberweis and incumbent Dick Durbin and much more!
  • At Issue - School District U46 Superintendent

    March 16, 2014

    This week on “At Issue” WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with the Superintendent of sprawling School District U46, Jose Torres, about education funding, a discrimination lawsuit against the district and new programs.
  • At Issue - Cook County Sheriff's Race

    March 10, 2014

    This week on "At Issue," WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and two of his Democratic opponents, Lieutenant Bill Evans and Sylvester Baker, Jr. about their campaign for Sheriff's office.
  • At Issue - Garry McCarthy

    March 2, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy about the strategies put in place to fight violence in Chicago and how social media plays a role in modern day crime.
  • At Issue-Jim Oberweis

    February 23, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis about his primary race, incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin and issues like immigration, healthcare and the economy.
  • At Issue - Affordable Care Act

    February 16, 2014

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with the Director of Illinois’ Department of Public Health, Dr. Lamar Hasbrouk, and the State Director of the non-profit ‘Get Covered America’, David Elin, about the Affordable Care Act, where people can go to get information and financial assistance, help signing up for health insurance and much more.
  • At Issue - CTA President Forrest Claypool

    February 9, 2014

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with Forrest Claypool, President of the Chicago Transit Authority, about the challenges of rebuilding the CTA's Blue Line to O'Hare and some success for the new Ventra Fare Card System.
  • At Issue -Republican Doug Truax

    February 2, 2014

    This week on At Issue, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with one of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, businessman Doug Truax, about why he should have Senator Dick Durbin’s job, the Affordable Health Care Act and much more.
  • At Issue - City Colleges of Chicago

    January 27, 2014

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sits down with the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Cheryl Hyman, to discuss the major changes that have helped turned the once troubled college system around.
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  • At Issue - Tio Hardiman

    January 19, 2014

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sits down with Democratic candidate for governor and former director of the anti-violence group ‘Operation CeaseFire’, Tio Hardiman, and his running mate Brunell Donald. They talk about why Hardiman thinks he should be the next governor of Illinois and his time at ‘Operation CeaseFire’.
  • At Issue - Congressman Luis Gutierrez

    January 12, 2014

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with Congressman Luis Gutierrez about immigration reform, the recent Target security breach and his new book.
  • At Issue - 2013 Year in Review

    January 6, 2014

    WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore reviews some of the biggest news stories of 2013 with Mary Dixon, the news director of WXRT, Mark Grote, sports anchor and co-host at The Score, and Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Mark Konkol with
  • At Issue - Chicago's Theatre Community

    December 29, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Deb Clapp, the Executive Director at League of Chicago Theatres and Criss Henderson, the Executive Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater about the theatre community in Chicago.
  • At Issue Metra's Interim Executive Director

    December 22, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sits down with Metra’s Interim Executive Director Donald Orseno to discuss Metra’s budget, the Ventra System and much more.
  • At Issue - Illinois DCFS

    December 16, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with the acting Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Denise Gonzales about how the agency is responding to a rise in cases of neglected and abused children.
  • At Issue - The Illiana Expresssway Project

    December 8, 2013

    WBBM's Political Editor Craig Dellimore examines both sides of the debate over the Illiana Expresssway Project.
  • At Issue - Round Table (Charitable Groups)

    December 2, 2013

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore holds a round table discussion on local charitable groups and social agencies.
  • At Issue - Metropolis Strategies

    November 25, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with the Senior Executive of Metropolis Strategies Paula Wolff and Program Director of Metropolis Strategies Ester Franco-Payne about crime and the justice system in the Chicago area.
  • At Issue - Affordable Health Care Act

    November 18, 2013

    This week on "At Issue" Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Cook County Health and Hospitals System CEO Dr. Ramanathan Raju and the Illinois Policy Institute's Director of Health Policy Naomi Lopez-Bauman about the Affordable Health Care Act.
  • At Issue - NIU President Douglas Baker

    November 11, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sits down with Northern Illinois University's new president Douglas Baker to discuss improvements he would like implement at the Dekalb university.
  • At Issue - Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno

    November 3, 2013

    WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno about pensions, same-sex marriage and much more.
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.


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.


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.


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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

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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

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Scientists: Severity Of Recent Storms More Proof Of Climate Change

Scientists in the Chicago area said Friday the kind of tumultuous weather we’ve been having is just more evidence of global warming, and a reason to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

WBBM Newsradio–03/08/2013

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)

Biggert: Political Posturing Stalling Compromise To Avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Outgoing suburban Congresswoman Judy Biggert said she’s very concerned that efforts to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” of mandated tax hikes and program cuts are falling prey to partisan bickering.

WBBM Newsradio–12/07/2012

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

CPS To Ask For Extension On Deadline For School Closing List

The head of the Chicago Public School system said Friday that the District needs more time to decide how many schools might have to close next school year, and to get the public involved in making the decisions.

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

Prentice Women's Hospital

Fight Over Future Of Prentice Women’s Hospital Still Simmering

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is expected to soon weigh in on whether to demolish the distinctive concrete cloverleaf building that once housed Prentice Women’s Hospital.

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2012

Brian Woodworth (clockwise from right), Marcus Lewis and Rev. Anthony Williams are all running against U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (not pictured) in the 2nd Congressional District. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio)

Jackson’s Opponents Agree: Even If He Weren’t Sick, He’d Need To Go

The three candidates running against ailing Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. agree he would need to be replaced even if he were not being treated for bipolar disorder, but they differ over almost everything else.

WBBM Newsradio–10/19/2012

Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Chicago office. (FBI)

Grant: Organized Crime Alive And Well In Chicago

Organized crime wears a new face in Chicago — and the retiring special-agent-in-charge of the area’s FBI office says many times, it speaks a foreign language.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2012

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Boss: Surveillance Cameras Could Help Deter Mob Attacks

The head of the Chicago Transit Authority said he hopes surveillance cameras aboard CTA trains and at CTA stations will act as a deterrent to more mob attacks like the ones that occurred this past weekend.

WBBM Newsradio–06/14/2012

Chicago Public Schools

CPS To Phase In P.E. At High Schools Again; Recess To Return For Grade Schools

As part of its plans for a longer school day at the Chicago Public Schools, physical education classes will be phased back in for all high school juniors and seniors.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2011

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Medical Society: Plan Now For Possible Medical Crisis

The Illinois State Medical Society is urging healthy people—and others—to start planning now for what happens if you get seriously ill, or die.

WBBM Newsradio–08/19/2011

CTA Train Car

New ‘L’ Cars To Help Reduce Crowding On CTA

Relief is just up the track for CTA riders who are unable to squeeze aboard their trains.

WBBM Newsradio–07/10/2011

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“Dock” Walls Offers Way To Ease Parking Meter Woes

One of the lesser-known candidates for Mayor has come up with one novel way to bypass some of the City’s problems with its parking meter privatization.

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2011