Bob Roberts

roberts250 Bob RobertsBob Roberts is a native of Wilmette who has worked in Chicago media for all but four years of a career dating back to 1974.

He attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and Loyola Academy in Wilmette, before discovering radio while getting his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University/Bloomington.

Bob has won more than 60 awards from his peers for news and sports reporting, including one for which he had to run the Chicago Marathon — then report on it. Bob no longer runs, but is an avid race walker and rides the bicycle. He has ridden numerous times in the Mayor’s Commuter Challenge, a fixture of Bike Month in Chicago, and was overall winner in 2002.

His hobby is running trains — not models, but the big ones, at museums in South Elgin and in Connecticut. Bob is married to elementary school teacher Jackie Bresse-Rodenkirk and lives in Glenview.

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Trump Wigs, Jurassic Park Costumes Among Big Halloween Sellers At NW Side Shop

The cool weather in the past week has some people thinking about fall — and Halloween costumes.

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Flasher On The Loose In Harvey: Police

The male suspect appeared two evenings last week in the park next to the Holmes School, at 160th Street and Carse Avenue.



Discovery Of Unmarked Graves Halts Plan To Rebuild Oak Park Avenue

The Chicago Department of Transportation is putting an indefinite hold on plans to rebuild Oak Park Avenue on the Northwest Side because city crews have discovered bodies buried beneath the pavement.


Seven-year-old Andrew Kong holds his nose as he stands before the world's largest flower 14 June 2000 at the Fullerton Arboretum, CA. The Indonesian titan arum 'corpse flower' has a putrid scent to lure pollinating dung beetles and can sometimes be smelled half a mile away. It is the 12th time the 58 inch tall flower has bloomed in the United States. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Corpse Flower Inching Closer To Blooming At Chicago Botanic Garden

The beautiful, six-foot-tall rainforest flower that packs a terrible smell is inching closer to blooming at the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe. But botanists say it’s not quite ready for its moment of late night glory.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gov. Rauner Riding Motorcycle Back To Springfield To Raise Money For Honor Flights

Motorists on I-55 can be excused if they did a double-take Saturday. That WAS Gov. Bruce Rauner, escorted by eight Harley-riding state troopers and hundreds of other motorcyclists, riding south to Springfield as part of a charity fundraiser.


Hundreds Protest Planned Parenthood Outside Aurora Clinic

The controversy over videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses drew hundreds of people to a protest outside of the group’s Aurora clinic this morning.


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Wishful Thinking? RTA Anticipates Funding Increases From Illinois State Budget

One problem with that: There is no state budget. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Pope Francis waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

Congressman Foster Holding Lottery For Tickets To Pope’s Visit To Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster says he is deluged with requests for tickets to see Pope Francis when the pontiff addresses Congress next month.


The Madison/Wabash L Station prior to demolition work. (Credit: Bob Roberts.)

Pieces From Madison/Wabash Stationhouse To Be Sold At Auction

What’s left of an old Loop ‘L’ station is being sold off piece by piece in what some may say is an odd partnership.


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Man Convicted Of Murdering Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg

Bryant Brewer claims he shot the officer in self-defense, but brewer took the stand last week and testified that he was proud of being a cop killer.


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Summer Vacation Almost Over For Students In Mundelein

Summer vacation is almost over for high school students in north suburban Mundelein, where the first day of classes is Aug. 11, two or more weeks before most districts.


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6-Year-Old Boy Killed In Gary Church Bus Crash Near Indianapolis

A six-year-old boy died and 10 other people were hurt Tuesday when a bus from a Gary church en route to a national youth convention in Dayton, Ohio., hit a tree, flipped over and caught fire.


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Speed Bumps Being Installed On Lower Wacker To Deter Drag Racers

Days after a man crashed his car and died during a drag race on Lower Wacker Drive, changes are being made to try to make it impossible.


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Northwestern Students, Faculty To Get Free Rides On CTA Bus Route

Northwestern University is parking its Ryan Field shuttle buses and will let CTA do the job, beginning this fall.


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Friend Helps Save 15-Year-Old Girl From Abduction Attempt In Avondale

15-year-old girl from the northwest side Avondale neighborhood owes thanks to a teenaged male friend who saved her from a would-be abductor.


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Free Dog Healthcare Clinic Held On West Side

Nearly 200 West Side dogs received free health care and more during a three-hour clinic in the parking lot of the Austin district police station on West Madison Street.


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More Than 100 Protest State Budget Stalemate Outside Thompson Center

Many of those who marched are state employees, including DCFS worker Stephen Mittons, who said the neediest and most vulnerable are being put in the middle.


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Evening Purple Line Express Test Falling Short Of Expectations

Time is running out on the experimental CTA mid-evening Purple Express train, which faces an uncertain future.


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CTA Purple Line Revamp Begins July 20

Most of the work will be done overnights and on weekends, which should minimize the inconvenience to the 13,000 riders who use the Evanston Express each weekday.


Elderly Man Falls Into Septic Tank

Warrenville Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a home at 29W571 Albright late Wednesday afternoon by the wife of a 78-year-old man who slid head first into his septic tank while working on the tank’s pump.