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.

Prom Dress

Hundreds Of Girls Pick Out Free Prom Dresses Courtesy Of Operation Glass Slipper

Girls traveled from across the Midwest to a South Side school to get everything they need for prom — for free.

04/18/2015

About 50 volunteers picked up garbage on Oak Street Beach Saturday. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Dozens Of Volunteers Pick Up Trash At Oak Street Beach

Another sure sign that spring is here to stay: It was spring cleaning day Saturday at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach.

04/18/2015

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Website For Pilsen’s National Museum of Mexican Art Appears Hacked By Islamic Extremist

An Islamic extremist appears to have hacked the Web site of Pilsen’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

04/15/2015

Faiz Ikramulla (Courtesy: Cook County Sheriff)

Father Accused Of Abandoning Daughter In Forest Preserve Charged With Kidnapping

A Round Lake man is being held in the Cook County Jail on $300,000 bond for allegedly abandoning his three-year-old daughter in a forest preserve trash bin, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

04/15/2015

Stacy Jurich (left) and Natasha McShane were beaten with a bat in the Bucktown neighborhood in 2010.

Survivors Of Bucktown Baseball Bat Attack Receive Awards For Courage

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Tuesday night presented an award for courage to two women who survived being beaten with a baseball bat and left for dead by a thief in Bucktown five years ago.

04/14/2015

A protest against police brutality in Daley Plaza. (Credit: CBS)

More Than 200 Protest In Daley Plaza Against Police Shootings

More than 200 people protesting the recent deaths of unarmed black and Hispanic teenagers and men at the hands of police — both locally and nationally — staged a Daley Plaza rally and march through downtown and West Loop streets on Tuesday.

04/14/2015

Officers at the scene of a police-involved shooting Saturday in Zion. (CBS/Captured News)

Zion Community Group Calls For Town Hall Meeting In Wake Of Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

One group is calling for a march, another for a town hall meeting in the wake of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Waukegan resident by police in Zion, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

04/08/2015

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With Storms Coming, Water Reclamation District Asks Residents To Minimize Water Use

Severe storms are in the forecast in the next 24 hours, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is asking people to prepare by using less.

04/08/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Two Incumbent Aldermen Behind In 10th, 43rd Wards

The counting is complete in two more Chicago aldermanic races, and in both cases, the incumbent is behind.

04/08/2015

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

47 Years Later, Rev. Jesse Jackson Recalls Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Forty-seven years have passed since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he counseled striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.

04/04/2015

Orland Park Mosque

Michigan Man To Visit Mosques In 50 States

Jameel Syed says his goal is to show everyone that Muslim Americans are like everyone else in the U.S.

04/03/2015

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Suburbs Enlist Experts To Look Into Reducing O’Hare Noise

A kinder, gentler Suburban O’Hare Commission Wednesday unveiled the team of experts it has hired to find ways to reduce airport jet noise — a group that makes it clear they want to work with the city, not against it.

04/02/2015

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OSHA Demands Changes To Workplace Conditions At Lincoln Park Postal Facility

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines and demanding changes at the Postal Service’s Lincoln Park office.

04/01/2015

The state of Indiana's website, In.gov.  (Credit: In.gov)

Indiana Government Website Targeted By Cyber Attacks

The controversy over Indiana’s so-called religious freedom law was not the only problem the Hoosier state faced Tuesday. It also fended off an apparent attack on its official website.

03/31/2015

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

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