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.

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Garcia: Emanuel’s Approach To City Finances ‘Irresponsible’

On the campaign trail Saturday in the South Shore neighborhood, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia called Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approach to the city’s finances “irresponsible.”

03/28/2015

The earthquake was centered about one mile away from Lake in the Hills. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.)

2.9 Earthquake Reported West Of Lake In The Hills

An 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook the northwest suburbs Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

03/25/2015

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Alderman Moreno Finds Safe Home For Chickens Dropped Off At His Office

First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno took to Twitter Wednesday after someone dropped some loose chickens off at his office.

03/25/2015

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Man Shot In Neck Just Off Kennedy Expressway

A man drove onto a Kennedy Expressway entrance ramp after he was shot in the neck in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side Tuesday evening, police said.

03/24/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Early Voting Off To Strong Start For Mayoral Runoff Election

For the second consecutive day Tuesday, Chicago election board officials said the early voting turnout was a record.

03/24/2015

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Overall, Most Mass Transit Users Satisfied With Service

There’s some restlessness, but overall, Chicago-area mass transit users remain satisfied with service overall, despite delays, breakdowns, crowding and fare hikes, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

03/21/2015

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rail Advocates: Gov. Rauner’s Proposed Mass Transit Cuts Will Hurt Economic Development

Rail advocates in Chicago for a regional meeting say Governor Bruce Rauner is shooting himself in the foot by slashing funding for mass transit and regional Amtrak service. WBBM’s Bob Roberts explains.

03/21/2015

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Smart Phone App To Be Tested As Universal Fare Card For CTA, Metra And Pace

If it works as anticipated, the app will mark the realization of a 40-year search for a fare card good anywhere on Chicago area mass transit.

03/20/2015

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RTA Chief Warns Of Higher Fares, Reduced Service Under Rauner Budget

The region’s top transit official warned Thursday that CTA, Metra, and Pace fare hikes and service cuts would be “difficult to avoid” if the legislature enacts budget cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget.

03/19/2015

Felicidad Lage surrounded by great granddaughter Natalia Guerra, grandson Gustavo Guerra and daughter Alba Guerra at the Chicago Board of Elections. (Credit: Jim Allen.)

On 102nd Birthday, Chicago Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen, Registers To Vote

This Wednesday was a big birthday for a 102-year-old woman from the Northwest Side Belmont Gardens neighborhood.

03/18/2015

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Man In Prison For Bolingbrook Armed Robbery Charged With Similar Crime In Woodridge

An 18-year-old man already recently sent to prison on robbery and armed robbery charges in Bolingbrook has been charged with a virtually identical carjacking incident in Woodridge.

03/17/2015

Artistic rendering of a new $75 million CTA station at Washington Street and Wabash Avenue, which would replace two existing stops on Wabash at Randolph and Madison streets. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

CTA Closes Madison/Wabash Loop Stop; South Shore Line Adding New Express Trains

The CTA permanently closed its Madison/Wabash ‘L’ stop overnight. The station, built in 1896, was one of the oldest on the CTA elevated system. Demolition of the 118-year-old ‘L’ stop is the first step toward replacing it with a state-of-the-art station on Wabash between Madison and Washington.

03/16/2015

The Madison/Wabash Loop 'L' stop. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Sunday The Final Day For Madison/Wabash ‘L’ Station

Time is running out for the Madison/Wabash Loop ‘L’ stop.

03/15/2015

High waves damaged the Lakefront Trail near Division Avenue. on Oct. 31, 2014. (Source: Reddit)

Park District Assessing Winter Damage To Lakefront Path

A week has passed since Chicago was thrust from subzero temperatures into spring, but the Chicago Park District said Thursday that it needs another week of warm weather to complete an assessment of the damage wrought over the winter to its lakefront running and bicycling path.

03/13/2015

The rebuilt shrine to Derrick Rose. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Derrick Rose Shrine Rebuilt Underneath Metra Underpass

The shrine toRose beneath a Bucktown Metra underpass has been spruced up and reassembled after someone trashed it.

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A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

CTA: Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Deeper Than We Thought

The draconian cut in state aid to the CTA proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget might be even bigger than first thought.

03/11/2015

Salt spills onto cars at a dealership next to Morton Salt Building. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media)

Repairs At Morton Salt Building Expected Soon

Repairs will soon be made to the Morton Salt warehouse just off the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street, that spilled salt all over a handful of cars New Year’s Day when portions of a wall collapsed.

03/10/2015

Design rendering for the planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station, looking west on Wilson Ave from Broadway showing the new ‘L’ structure, modern main entrance on the left, and platforms overhead. (Credit: CTA)

Delays Ahead For Red, Purple Lines As CTA Wilson Project Enters Next Phase

Nearly two years of delays begin Monday morning for rush hour riders on the CTA’s Red Line and Purple Express trains.

03/09/2015

Historic Irving House Moved To New Lot In Evanston

Now that a historic, 1928-vintage Prairie-style home, designed by an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, has been moved to its new home, it’s time to piece the jigsaw puzzle back together atop a new foundation.

03/06/2015

Crews move the historic Irving House, designed by John Van Bergen, from its old lot in Wilmette on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: Lisa Dichiera/Landmarks Illinois)

Vintage Evanston House To Be Relocated To New Spot

A house designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright associate that at several points was days away from being torn down will be moved from a supermarket parking lot to its new home in northwest Evanston Thursday.

03/04/2015

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