Craig Dellimore

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

African-American Aldermen Question Potential Garbage Collection Fee

6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer says he is neither for nor against imposing a fee on home garbage collections, he wants to hear more about it.

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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.

08/28/2015

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Current, Former CPS Officials Dismiss Talk Of Possible Bankruptcy

Past and present Chicago Public School officials agree talk of possible bankruptcy is way off-base, and the state needs to take a more concrete role in easing the system’s pension crisis, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/25/2015

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Mayor To Hold Town Hall Meetings To Get Budget Ideas From The Public

The mayor said he, his finance team, and cabinet members will attend the meetings on Monday, Aug. 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3. Emanuel said he’ll spell out the choices the city must make in these challenging, pension debt-driven times; and he wants to hear residents’ thoughts on coping with the crises.

08/25/2015

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold speaks with Youth Conservation Corps participants in Waukegan, Illinois. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Dold Pushing Measure To Help Get Jobs For Welfare Recipients

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said bipartisan legislation he has sponsored would commit $100 million in federal funding to states to subsidize the wages of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients, through programs like YCC.

08/24/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Advocates Continue Push To Have Voting Districts Determined By Independent Panel

Advocates are pushing hard–for the third time–to get a measure on the ballot that would establish an independent commission to decide on legislative voting districts and eliminate what they say is partisan gerrymandering,

08/23/2015

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of 18 charges in two trials including trying to sell President Obama’s vacated senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Full Appeals Court Won’t Take Up Blagojevich Case

The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to rehear the appeal of his corruption convictions.

08/19/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Distancing Himself From Rauner’s Latest Budget Proposal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is distancing himself from Governor Rauner’s latest budget proposal, which the governor says was negotiated with Emanuel among others, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/18/2015

Michael Jordan arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, for a trial on the lawsuit he filed against the Dominick's grocery store chain. (Credit: CBS)

Jordan Testifies He Would Have Said No To Dominick’s Ad

Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan took the stand Tuesday in his lawsuit against a now defunct supermarket chain that invoked his named without first asking him.

08/18/2015

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

Gov. Rauner Calls For Property Tax Freeze, Local Control Over Collective Bargaining In Latest Budget Proposal

Governor Rauner says his latest plan would freeze property taxes statewide for two years. It doesn’t include term limits or voter redistricting but he says it does help Chicago Public Schools.

08/17/2015

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Conservatives, Progressives Agree On Need To Help Ex-Felons Stay Out Of Prison

Conservatives and progressives say they are of one mind when it comes to many programs for keeping people out of prison who don’t belong there and helping them stay out of prison once they’ve already been behind bars, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

08/16/2015

The 2015 Air & Water Show. (Credit: Twitter user brian_s)

Despite Collision Between Two Parachutists, Air & Water Show Wows Big Crowds Along Lakefront

A huge crowd packed the hot and steamy lakefront for the air show today.

08/15/2015

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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.

08/14/2015

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses her cancer surgery, and having to drop out of the race for mayor, three months after she had a tumor removed from her brain. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

CTU President: Contract Talks Haven’t Broken Down

Karen Lewis says meetings with public school officials have been very cordial and teachers have even been willing to take a pay freeze.

08/09/2015

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and other union leadership discuss a breakdown in contract talks with the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Slams CPS For Proposing “Strike Worthy” End To Pension Pickup

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Friday painted a grim picture of ongoing contract talks with the Chicago Public Schools, calling the district’s rejection of a possible one-year deal a “breach of trust.”

08/07/2015

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Rauner Says He’ll Help Chicago Schools, Wants Assistance Pressuring Speaker Madigan

The Republican governor accused House Speaker Michael Madigan of refusing to bargain in good faith and called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other Democratic lawmakers to pressure the him.

08/06/2015

Rendering of the expanded parking garage at Midway International Airport. (Credit: City of Chicago)

City Plans Significant Upgrades At Midway Airport

The expansion will include a larger parking deck, with four levels, and space for hundreds of cars. Security checkpoints also will be enhanced, and concession areas will be expanded in response to complaints from tourists and business travelers who have expressed concerns about the amenities at Midway for years.

08/06/2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program on April 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. In exchange for Iran's agreement to curb their country's nuclear proliferation, the United States would lift some of the crippling sanctions imposed. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Democrats Join Business, Environmental Leaders In Push For President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Congress members are joining business, religious and environmental leaders in pushing for President Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan,” reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/05/2015

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CPS CEO Claypool Insists Chicago Not Asking For Special Deal In Plan To Shore Up Teacher Pension Funds

The head of the Chicago Public Schools says he can’t understand how Governor Bruce Rauner could oppose the plan Illinois Senate Democrats passed that would help shore up the system’s teacher pension funds.

08/05/2015

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Inspector General Questions Impact Of Employee Wellness Program

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s latest report found the city has paid American Healthway Services more than $3 million a year to administer the employee wellness program, but the administration has done nothing to track the company’s performance.

08/04/2015

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