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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Austin Residents Mark Third Anniversary Of 7-Year-Old Girl’s Murder

Residents on a street in the West Side Austin neighborhood marked the third anniversary of a seven-year-old girl’s murder with prayers, balloons and a playhouse.

06/27/2015

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Amtrak Not Planning On Service Cuts Heading Into New Fiscal Year

If you’re ticketed on an Amtrak train to or from downstate points over the July 4 weekend, don’t worry — your train will be running, despite the state’s fiscal crisis and impending funding cuts.

06/27/2015

A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Opposing Sides Await U.S. High Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The nation’s highest court could rule as early as Friday on the legality of same-sex marriage bans.

06/25/2015

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Chicago Police, Feds Arrest 32 For Operating Alleged Heroin Ring On West Side

Chicago police say they’ve broken up a massive heroin ring on the city’s West Side.

06/24/2015

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Police: Two In Custody In Connection With Fatal Shooting Near CPD Headquarters In Bronzeville

Chicago police have taken two people into custody in a deadly drive-by shooting that happened just a block from police headquarters in the Bronzeville neighborhood, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/24/2015

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Exeleon Says Braidwood Nuclear Plant Wasn’t In Danger From Nearby Tornado

One of Monday night’s tornadoes narrowly missed Exelon Nuclear’s Braidwood plant. But the utility insists no one was endangered.

06/23/2015

Scott Darling and his family pose with the Stanley Cup. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lemont Eagerly Awaiting Hawks Goalie Scott Darling To Bring Stanley Cup Home

Never before has the Stanley Cup been to southwest suburban Lemont, but that’s expected to change soon.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2015

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking at the Rainbow PUSH Convention. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Rev. Jackson: Little Difference Between Charleston Shooting Suspect, ISIS

Outrage is being voiced over the Charleston shootings at this weekend’s annual Rainbow/PUSH convention on the South Side.

06/20/2015

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State Rep. Calls For Liability Insurance Requirement For Gun Owners

The church slaughter committed by a young man with a gun in Charleston is the reason behind a plan for a new type of gun legislation here in Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/20/2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich. (Credit: CBS)

Cupich: Protecting Environment Is Everyone’s Duty

The archbishop urged Chicagoans to recycle and avoid the use of plastics and to refrain from wasting food.

06/18/2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich with Lou Malnati's owner Marc Malnati samples pizza he will send down to Florida. (Credit: CBS)

Even Though Hawks Won, Archbishop Cupich Still Sending Deep Dish Pizzas To Florida

Archbishop Blase Cupich is doing so in his Stanley Cup bet with Tampa’s Catholic Archbishop.

06/17/2015

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Metra To Test Policy Allowing Pets On Trains

As things stand now, Metra riders are not allowed to take pets on board, but on Wednesday the commuter rail agency’s board will discuss whether to test allowing pets on one of its lines.

06/17/2015

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T-Shirt Business Printing Around-The-Clock To Meet Demand For Stanley Cup Champion Shirts

T-shirts celebrating the Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup in six years are selling as fast as store shelves can be stocked.

CBS Chicago–06/16/2015

Director Spike Lee at the Chiraq block party. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Gather Outside St. Sabina For ‘Chiraq’ Block Party

Hundreds of people are at St. Sabina’s Block Party on the 7800 block of South Throop for a good time and the chance to get a photo taken with filmmaker Spike Lee, who’s underwriting the festivities.

06/13/2015

Chicago police officers Jerome Finnegan (left) and Timothy McDermott (right) . (Source: Court photo.)

Family Of Man Forced To Pose With Cops In “Hunting” Photo Say More Cops Should Be Punished

Michael Smith says seeing his then-19-year-old son Michael Spann-Smith paraded as a hunting trophy is an outrage.

06/13/2015

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Cook Co. Commissioner Calls For Gang Members To Be Tried As Terrorists At Summit

Putting a stop to Chicago’s never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed is the goal of a gun violence summit today hosted by UIC’s School of Public Health.

06/13/2015

A group picture at the American Redhead Days Festival in Highwood. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Festival In Highwood Celebrating Redheads

Whether you’re redhead by birth or from a box, there’s a festival celebrating all things and people ginger this weekend in Highwood.

06/06/2015

Chicago Botanical Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden Hosts Food Sustainability Discussion For World Environment Day

“The Food Scorecard, Local and Global” was the theme for World Environment Day at Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe.

06/06/2015

A CTA bus came to a stop on the sidewalk after running a red light at Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, and striking two pedestrians and several cars. One woman died, and eight people were injured in the crash. (Credit: CBS)

CTA: Bus Driver In Fatal Accident On The Job Less Than A Year

The investigation continues into Tuesday’s CTA bus crash on Michigan Avenue downtown.

06/03/2015

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New CTA Purple Line Express Gets A Test Run

For six weeks, CTA will test a mid-evening Purple Line Express train.

06/01/2015

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