Craig Dellimore

State Rep. Derrick Smith arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his bribery trial. (Credit: CBS)

Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets 5 Months For Taking Bribe

Former Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison on Thursday for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.

04/23/2015

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

O’Hare Noise Activists Say More Meetings With FAA Not Enough

After talking with Mayor Emanuel in Washington, Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta promised to double the number of meetings to be held before a new runway opens at O’Hare Airport this fall.

04/22/2015

Rev. Paul Jakes (left) and attorney Anthony Romanucci (far right, at microphones) discuss a federal lawsuit seeking to end the Chicago Police Department's use of so-called "stop and frisk" tactics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Lawsuit Seeks To End Police Stop And Frisk Tactics In Chicago

A group of six black men has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and 14 unnamed police officers, alleging so-called “stop and frisk” procedures are unconstitutional.

04/21/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal Investigation

After a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/20/2015

Jennie Biggs, of Raise Your Hand, and other school advocates call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to replace the entire Chicago Board of Education, in light of a no-bid contract scandal and other controversies at the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

CPS Protesters Want Mayor To Replace Entire School Board

Chicago Public Schools parents and other education advocates were outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall on Monday, demanding he “push the reset button” on his appointed school board, amid an ongoing contract scandal.

04/20/2015

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Former CPS Boss Concerned About “Stable Leadership” Amid Federal Probe

A major player in Chicago school reform was expressing serious concerns about the uncertainty swirling around the Chicago Public Schools, as chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces a federal probe into a controversial no-bid contract.

04/17/2015

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County Commissioner Wants Sheriff’s Police To Help CPD Patrol West Side

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) has written a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking him to allow the Sheriff’s Department deploy additional officers on the streets of the Austin neighborhood.

04/16/2015

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Emanuel To Rauner: “Chicago Will Not Be A Right-To-Work City”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested creating so-called “right-to-work zones” across Illinois, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen have said that won’t happen in Chicago on their watch.

04/16/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Meets With Spike Lee, Voices Displeasure With Film Title “Chiraq”

It was in the mayor’s City Hall office Wednesday morning that he met with Spike Lee and delivered a blunt message.

04/15/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Approves Settlements For Families Of Laquan McDonald, David Koschman

Money matters were uppermost at Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting, reports WBBMs Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/15/2015

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Chicago Public Schools Target Of Federal Investigation

Chicago Public Schools is the target of a federal investigation, officials acknowledged on Wednesday.

04/15/2015

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Former Alderman Helen Shiller No Longer Interested In City Council Budget Analyst Postion

Chicago Aldermen have to rethink their positions on who will become the City Council’s budget analyst. Former Alderman Helen Shiller has broken the stalemate over the job by saying she no longer wants it, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/14/2015

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Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund

Survivors of torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and victims’ supporters have long called for repayment for the suffering, pain, and often wrongful imprisonment they have suffered.

04/14/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Committee Approves Settlements To Families Of David Koschman, Laquan McDonald

A Chicago City Committee has voted to approve two big settlements in connection with cases involving police, in one way or another, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/13/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with Kurt Summers Jr., who the mayor nominated to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely. (Credit: Mayor's Office)

City Treasurer Kurt Summers Expects Springfield To Act On Pensions

One of the key players in any Chicago pension reforms says he expects some significant moves from Springfield in the coming weeks, regardless of how the State Supreme Court rules on the existing pension deals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/12/2015

Spike Lee

Alderman Pans Reported Title Of Spike Lee Film, ‘Chiraq’

Mystery surrounds the reported film project to be filmed in the Windy City with an all-star cast. Some aren’t crazy about the title, which suggests violence.

04/10/2015

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Twister Kills 2, Injures 20; Governor Bruce Rauner Declares DeKalb, Ogle State Disaster Areas

After touring the damage left by powerful tornadoes that killed two people and injured nearly two dozen others, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared two counties disaster areas.

04/10/2015

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Officials Discouraged By Very Low Turnout In Suburban Elections

If you thought Chicago’s 40 percent turnout on Tuesday was poor – and it was – pity the surrounding suburbs. The Cook County Clerk’s office said suburban turnout was only about 14 percent on Tuesday. McHenry County barely reached 11 percent. Lake County was little better at 11.25 percent.

04/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel places his hand over his face as he laughs at his own joke during a news conference at Carole Robertson Center for Learning April 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel was elected to his second term as mayor after defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a runoff election. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Rahm Laughs Off Latest Rumors About Going Back To White House

“This is the best job I ever had,” he said. “I have no interest in another job. Zero, zilch, none, nothing, okay?”

04/09/2015

Mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia greets commuters at a CTA station Monday, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits a campaign office to join volunteers in making get-out-the-vote calls. (Source: Bernie Tafoya/Jay Levine/CBS)

Emanuel, Garcia Taking Bids For Mayor Into Home Stretch

Starting their last full day of campaigning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spent the morning shaking hands with potential supporters, and expressing confidence they’ll win on Election Day.

04/06/2015

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