Derrick Blakley

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Since June 2003, Derrick has served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, returning to the station after 15 years at NBC 5 Chicago.

Previously, he had worked for CBS News for seven years, based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany.

Blakley, a five-time Emmy Award winner, started at WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter. He later anchored the weekend morning newscasts and, finally, the weekend evening news.

Blakley got his start in television news as a reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.

He began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

Blakley, a Chicago native, graduated from Hales Franciscan High School, and now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois.

Rauner’s Jab At Pritzker Centers Around Plumbing

Pritzker’s camp calls it an act of desperation.


Two Victims Give Emotional Testimonies In CPS Sex Abuse Scandal

A panel of state lawmakers heard emotional testimonies from two victims in the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse scandal Wednesday.


Rauner Tries To Flush Pritzker Down The Toilet In New Ad

Illinois’ gubernatorial race reached new lows Tuesday as Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker battled it out over toilets and taxes.


Using A Musk Magnet To Lure Amazon To Chicago

When Emanuel announced the O’Hare express deal with innovative businessman Elon Musk, he wasn’t just unveiling another hum-drum corporate agreement.


Elon Musk’s High Speed Transit Plans Come To Chicago

Billionaire developer Elon Musk was in Chicago Thursday. He got the go ahead for his high speed link to O’Hare.


Judge Halts Deerfield’s Attempt to Ban Guns

A judge Wednesday blocked a ban on assault weapons that was set to go into effect in north suburban Deerfield today.


Illinois Republican Lawmakers Call For Democrats To Turn On House Speaker Mike Madigan

A group of conservative republican lawmakers is calling on their democratic opponents to turn their backs on House Speaker Mike Madigan in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.


Madigan Unveils New Strategy In Harassment Scandal

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is turning to women for damage control, following the latest sexual harassment incident to strike his political machine.


Dunkin Won’t Leave Board, Despite Governor Rauner’s Request

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has asked former state representative Ken Dunkin, who’s been implicated in the scandal, to step down from an appointed post that Rauner arranged.


Who Should Investigate The CPS Sex Abuse Scandal?

Is the path taken by CPS independent enough?


Mayoral Candidate Garry McCarthy Opposes $95 Million Police Academy Plan

Tuesday night, the protesters were joined by a surprising ally – former Police Superintendent and Mayoral Candidate Garry McCarthy.


Political Ads Begin In Race For Illinois Governor

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and democratic challenger, JB Pritzker, each released new television advertisements Tuesday, doubling down on familiar themes.


Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Full State Budget, First Since Taking Office

 Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was full of bi-partisan praise as he signed the state budget into law Monday.



Stroger Hospital Prepares For Increase In Gunshot Victims, Calls For National Gun Control

With summer approaching and the expected rise in street violence, doctors at Stroger Hospital are bracing for an increase in gunshot victims and calling for national action on gun control.


Illinois House Passes Equal Rights Amendment

History was made on the Illinois House floor Wednesday as the House passed the Equal Rights Amendment.


State Budget Nears Approval, House Passes Stricter Gun Mandates

The House passed stricter gun-purchasing mandates today while the conclusion of a $38.5 billion spending bill is awaiting a Senate vote.


Dixon Resource Officer Mark Dallas Honored In Springfield

Thunderous applause erupted in the state capitol Wednesday for the school resource officer who risked his life to stop a shooting at Dixon High School.


City Council Gives Green Light To Police Academy

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel got what he wanted: a green light from the city council to move forward on the 95 million dollar police and fire training academy.


Chicago Police To Protest At City Hall Wednesday

City Hall is expected to be brimming with unhappy Chicago Police officers Wednesday who plan to show up for the “Blue Wednesday” protest.


Illinois House Committee Debating Whether To Reinstate The Death Penalty

An Illinois House Committee debated Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to revive the death penalty for mass murderers and police killers in Springfield Monday.


Unanimous Approval For $500M Obama Center

Hundreds descended on city hall, protesting outside. with some disrupting the meeting inside as complaints flowed about altering Jackson Park.


Old Equal Rights Proposal Reemerges In Springfield

As some democratic Illinois lawmakers make push to support a renewed equal rights amendment that failed decades ago, Governor Bruce Rauner is being criticized for not outwardly supporting such a measure.


Rauner Seeks To Reinstate Death Penalty For Mass Murderers, Cop Killers

In a bombshell announcement Monday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed bringing back the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and cop killers.


President Donald Trump And Vice President Mike Pence Visit Elkhart, Indiana

President Trump was fired up at a campaign rally in Northern Indiana Thursday night.


Lines Of People Await The Arrival Of President Trump And VP Mike Pence In Indiana

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to land in South Bend, Indiana en route to Elkhart, Indiana to discuss the economy and tax cuts. 


Mike Braun Wins NWI Primary, Welcomes Trump Thursday

Some say wealthy businessman Mike Braun was the most Trump-like candidate in the three-way GOP primary.


Chicago Mayoral Race Candidates Announce Campaign Finances

Emanuel says to ignore his horde of campaign cash and focus on his accomplishments. The list of candidates running against him is growing.


$2 Billion To Be Used Toward Illinois Medicaid Funds For Mental Health Programs

Governor Bruce Rauner received the green light from Washington on a plan to integrate medical care and mental health care for Illinois’ poor population. The plan is being recognized as a major breakthrough for mental health care in Illinois by representatives on both sides of the aisle, but could be derailed without progress on a state budget.


Illinois To Use $2B In Medicaid Funds For Behavioral Health Programs

The governor says the health initiatives will make Illinois a “national leader in the way mental health services are provided.”


Eye In The Sky Or Spy In The Sky? Debate Over Drone Cameras In Public Spaces

The proposal was sparked by last year’s Las Vegas massacre.