Derrick Blakley is the political reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.
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.
Pritzker’s camp calls it an act of desperation.
A panel of state lawmakers heard emotional testimonies from two victims in the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse scandal Wednesday.
Illinois’ gubernatorial race reached new lows Tuesday as Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker battled it out over toilets and taxes.
When Emanuel announced the O’Hare express deal with innovative businessman Elon Musk, he wasn’t just unveiling another hum-drum corporate agreement.
Billionaire developer Elon Musk was in Chicago Thursday. He got the go ahead for his high speed link to O’Hare.
A judge Wednesday blocked a ban on assault weapons that was set to go into effect in north suburban Deerfield today.
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.
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is turning to women for damage control, following the latest sexual harassment incident to strike his political machine.
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.
Is the path taken by CPS independent enough?
Tuesday night, the protesters were joined by a surprising ally – former Police Superintendent and Mayoral Candidate Garry McCarthy.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and democratic challenger, JB Pritzker, each released new television advertisements Tuesday, doubling down on familiar themes.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was full of bi-partisan praise as he signed the state budget into law Monday.
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.
History was made on the Illinois House floor Wednesday as the House passed the Equal Rights Amendment.
The House passed stricter gun-purchasing mandates today while the conclusion of a $38.5 billion spending bill is awaiting a Senate vote.
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.
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.
City Hall is expected to be brimming with unhappy Chicago Police officers Wednesday who plan to show up for the “Blue Wednesday” protest.
An Illinois House Committee debated Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to revive the death penalty for mass murderers and police killers in Springfield Monday.
Hundreds descended on city hall, protesting outside. with some disrupting the meeting inside as complaints flowed about altering Jackson Park.
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.
In a bombshell announcement Monday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed bringing back the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and cop killers.
President Trump was fired up at a campaign rally in Northern Indiana Thursday night.
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.
Some say wealthy businessman Mike Braun was the most Trump-like candidate in the three-way GOP primary.
Emanuel says to ignore his horde of campaign cash and focus on his accomplishments. The list of candidates running against him is growing.
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.
The governor says the health initiatives will make Illinois a “national leader in the way mental health services are provided.”
The proposal was sparked by last year’s Las Vegas massacre.