Craig Dellimore

Joe Ferguson

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.

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Coal-Fired Power Plant

President’s Emissions Goals Subject Of Debate In Illinois

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner offered little insight Monday into whether Illinois, which the federal government says ranks near the bottom in emissions-reduction goals, will join other states and challenge new stringent rules […]

08/03/2015

Cook County Property Tax Appeal Process Now Fully Digital

The Cook County Board of Review, which hears tax appeals, is moving into the 21st Century this week, unveiling a digital appeals process that is fully online, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/03/2015

A mother holds her baby as she enters a nursing room at a local department store in Taipei on December 30, 2009.  Taiwan is to protect the right of nursing mothers to breastfeed in public with hefty fines for those who try to stop them, as part of a campaign to promote the practice, officials said on December 30.  AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Ordinance Would Require Breast-Feeding Rooms At Airports

The move could help make Chicago the nation’s “most breast-feeding friendly” city, one alderman says.

07/31/2015

A four-rotor helicopter drone. (CBS)

Aldermen Propose Restrictions On Flying Drones In Chicago

Two key aldermen proposed limits on the operations of drones in Chicago at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/29/2015

Aldermen meet in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

City Council Approves Ordinance Ending Free Garbage Pick Up Exemptions For Large Multi-Unit Buildings

The Chicago City Council has approved ending free garbage collections for hundreds of large multi-unit residential buildings among a flurry of other actions, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/29/2015

Mayor Emanuel at Garfield Park discussing pensions, police shootings and parks. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Mayor Emanuel Refuses To Discuss Alternatives If State Supreme Court Shoots Down City Pension Deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to discuss alternate plans if the city’s pension agreement continues to be shot down by the courts, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/28/2015

City Council

City Council Committee Votes To End Free Garbage Exemptions For Large Multi-Unit Buildings

Free garbage pick-up for some 1,800 residential buildings is a step closer to ending in Chicago. Aldermen have taken a preliminary vote to end the deal, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/28/2015

Chicago Police. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Call For Answers On Possible Rape Kit Backlog

Two Chicago aldermen plan to ask a City Council committee to investigate if there is a backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving Chicago sexual assaults.

07/27/2015

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Judge Rules City’s 2014 Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

The overhaul approved by lawmakers sought to eliminate a $9.4 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits and increasing contributions. It would affect about 61,000 city employees and retirees.

07/24/2015

(Credit: Internal Revenue Service)

Roskam: Tax-Exempt Groups Still At Risk Of Unfair IRS Audits

Chairing a hearing of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) said a General Accounting Office report has shown the same kind of risks now exist as when Congress found conservative groups and others were unjustly singled out for tax audits.

07/23/2015

Members of several local school councils across Chicago protest budget cuts planned by the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: Twitter/@MartinLRitter)

Local School Councils: “Stop Pointing Fingers” And Fix The CPS Budget

Members of Local School Councils from around the city have called on local leaders to stop pointing fingers in regard to the Chicago Public Schools’ budget situation, and find a way to reverse the budget cuts affecting neighborhood schools.

07/22/2015

Aldermen meet in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

City Council Panel Approves Mayor’s Pick To Head Police Review Board

A City Council panel has approved a former federal prosecutor as the new head of the Chicago Police Board reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/21/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters outside his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Keeps Finger Pointed At Madigan For Budget Impasse

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner doubled down Tuesday on his efforts to blame Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan for the state’s budget impasse, accusing him of stalling any agreement on a spending plan.

07/21/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

State Lawmakers Considering Legislation To Curb Questionable Spending By Public Colleges

Spurred by apparent financial abuses at the College of DuPage, Illinois lawmakers have held a hearing on legislation to crack down on questionable spending at all public colleges and universities, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/20/2015

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CPD Partnering With African-American Police Group To Reduce Encounters Between Cops And Teens

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says Chicago is partnering with an African-American police group reduce the occasions when encounters between officers and teenagers get out of hand, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/19/2015

In this photo illustration, Kraft and Heinz products are shown on March 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Kraft Foods Group Inc. said it will merge with H.J. Heinz Co. to form the third largest food and beverage company in North America with revenue of about $28 billion. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Lures Kraft Heinz To Downtown From Suburbs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel insists he’s not poaching companies from the suburbs — but maybe from other parts of the nation and the globe.

07/16/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces his appointment of Forrest Claypool (right) as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and Frank Clark (left) as president of the Chicago Board of Education. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Appoints Claypool To Run CPS, Former ComEd CEO As School Board President

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped his top aide, Forrest Claypool, to run the Chicago Public Schools, and former ComEd chief executive officer Frank Clark as president of the Chicago Board of Education, a move the Chicago Teachers Union derided as more of the same from City Hall.

07/16/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle addresses commissioners at a special board meeting to consider her plan to increase the county's sales tax. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was making her final pitch for a sales tax hike, as the Cook County Board met Wednesday to debate a tax increase she railed against five years ago.

07/15/2015

Critics say cell phone cases like this one can be mistaken for real guns, and create potentially deadly situations. (Source rectatech.com)

Aldermen Going After Gun-Shaped Smartphone Cases

Some aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.

07/14/2015

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