At Issue

At Issue

At Issue


  • At Issue - Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

    March 29, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart about mental illness in the prison system and how the Cook County Jail is working with DCFS to decrease human trafficking.
  • At Issue - RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard

    March 22, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews the chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority about the proposed cuts to mass transit by Governor Bruce Rauner and what that means for riders.
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    March 15, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews the President of the Illinois State Medical Society about prescription drug abuse, vaccinations and more.
  • At Issue - Government Corruption

    March 8, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore takes a look at government corruption with the authors of the new book 'Corrupt Illinois'.
  • At Issue - School Board

    March 1, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore speaks with an education organizer about the push for an elected school board.
  • At Issue - Illinois Budget

    February 22, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore examines Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2016 budget plan with guests from three different political perspectives.
  • At Issue - Aldermanic Races

    February 15, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore highlights key races for Chicago Alderman this month, and takes an in-depth look at one key contest.
  • At Issue - Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    February 8, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews Mayor Rahm Emanuel about his decision to close 50 schools, public safety in Chicago and his campaign.
  • At Issue- Campaign Finance Reform

    February 1, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore looks at the pros and cons of campaign finance reform.
  • At Issue - Mayoral Candidate William "Dock" Walls

    January 25, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews mayoral candidate William “Dock” Walls about what he would do for the city, if elected.
  • At Issue - Affordable Health Care Act Deadline

    January 18, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews two health officials about the requirement to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act; and the final deadline is just weeks away.
  • At Issue- UI Labs

    January 11, 2015

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews two top officials at UI Labs, a high tech partnership that hopes to turn Goose Island into the Silicon Valley of Chicago.
  • Chicago's Riverfront

    January 4, 2015

    Ted Wachholz, Executive Director and Chief Historian of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, and Andrew White, Artistic Director at Lookingglass Theatre Company, join WBBM's Terry Keshner to remember the Eastland Disaster in 1915 as well as the effort to revitalize Chicago's riverfront.
  • At Issue - A Year in Review

    December 29, 2014

    On a special edition of "At Issue", WXRT news director Mary Dixon and The Score's Mark Grote join WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore to take a look back at the major news stories of 2014.
  • At Issue - Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson

    December 23, 2014

    This week on "At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews businessman and mayoral candidate Willie Wilson about what he would do for the city, if elected.
  • 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.
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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.

03/27/2015

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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.

03/06/2015

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.

02/20/2015

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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.

02/13/2015

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

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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