Craig Dellimore

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With Minimum Wage Soon Rising To $10 In Chicago, Activists Continue Push For $15 An Hour

Ahead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.

06/17/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel: Compromise Needed In State Budget Battle

Mayor Emanuel says the increasing war of words in the battle over the state budget isn’t likely to help resolve the differences, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/16/2015

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, left, and defenseman Duncan Keith celebrate. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Emanuel: Stanley Cup Win ‘A Testament’ To Blackhawks’ Culture

Like thousands of other Blackhawks fans, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he was up all night celebrating the team’s Stanley Cup win, but he wasn’t complaining about the lack of sleep.

06/16/2015

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Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking Cases

With the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.

05/29/2015

A city worker uses a graffiti blaster to remove graffiti on an alley wall on the Near West Side. (Credit: CBS)

City Significantly Reducing Time It Takes To Remove Graffiti

“When the complaint comes in, it’s down within five days; very often, within three days. If it’s high, it may take a day or two longer, but within five days the graffiti is removed,” said Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams.

05/29/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Again Calls On Springfield To Help City Fix Its Finances

(CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago is doing what it can to resolve its debt problems, but action from Springfield is still vital. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City […]

05/28/2015

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, with President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

After Firing, Tom Thibodeau Gets Support From President Obama, Rahm Emanuel

Thibodeau was fired Thursday after five seasons in charge of the Bulls.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Tempers Flare As Democrats Continue To Reject Rauner’s Agenda

On Wednesday, an Illinois Senate committee voted down the governor’s proposed changes to workers’ compensation laws, and on Thursday the Judiciary Committee debated Rauner’s plan to overhaul the state’s civil court system – specifically, lawsuits seeking financial damages.

05/28/2015

Senator Rand Paul being questioned by Kristina Rasmussen of Illinois Policy Center at 1871.

Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Makes Campaign Stop In Chicago

– Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul brought his presidential campaign and his policy positions to Chicago in one of the first overtly political public visits to the city this year, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/27/2015

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Critics Want Law Changed To Reduce Pension Boosts For Retiring Teachers

Citizen advocates have called for changes in a state law allowing local school boards to use big pay raises to boost the pensions of retiring teachers.

05/27/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

After Violent Weekend, Emanuel Says Stronger Gun Laws Needed

Mayor Emanuel attended a luncheon honoring police officers for valor and service above and beyond the call and he acknowledged this was a weekend with far too many shootings and deaths.

05/26/2015

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (at lectern, in blue suit) outlines a seven-point plan to quell gang violence in Chicago and Cook County. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Commissioner Wants Shooters Charged As Domestic Terrorists

In the wake of a holiday weekend in which at least 55 people were shot in Chicago – 12 of them fatally – a Cook County Commissioner was calling for city- and county-wide action to quell gang violence.

05/26/2015

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico (City of Naperville)

New Naperville Mayor Looking To Take Pressure Off Of Property Tax Payers

The new mayor of Naperville wants to restore some balance as far as property taxes go in the state’s fourth largest city, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/24/2015

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico (City of Naperville)

Naperville Mayor Cool To Governor’s Anti-Labor Agenda

Steve Chirico says his city gets along with unions, but Naperville leaders support other aspects of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.”

05/22/2015

Sister Carolyn Sieg has been principal of St. Joan of Arc School in Lisle for 48 years. Before that, she was a teacher and student there. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Catholic School Principal Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

Sister Carolyn Sieg has lived most of her life around St. Joan of Arc School; having been a student and teacher at St. Joan of Arc School in Lisle before serving as principal there for 48 years.

05/22/2015

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State School Board Says PARCC Exam Will Be Shorter Next Year

Illinois State Board of Education spokesman Matt Vanover said the PARCC governing board has streamlined the Illinois exam, after analyzing feedback from parents and others.

05/21/2015

Chicago skyline. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Civic Planners: Slow Chicago Population Growth Keeping Economy Stagnant

Chicago remains the third largest city in the U.S., but Census data show it’s the slowest-growing of the top 10 cities with populations of 1 million or more.

05/21/2015

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Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget Analyst

A nearly two-year deadlock over who would run the Chicago City Council’s independent budget office has come to an end, as aldermen have reached a consensus choice to become their first-ever financial analyst.

05/21/2015

Emanuel Says Progress On City Financial Matters Being Made In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in Springfield, there’s progress being made on financial matters important to Chicago right now, though most of it has been behind the scenes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/20/2015

Douglas Park (Source: Riot Fest)

Riot Fest Moving To Douglas Park

Facing backlash from the Humboldt Park community for damage caused by last year’s festival, organizers of Riot Fest have moved the annual punk rock bash to Douglas Park.

05/20/2015

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