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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Chicago Police Seek Serial Arson Suspect

The key to the case may be the car witnesses have seen. Police seek a silver Ford Mustang that has passenger side body damage.


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Slain Chicago Boy ‘Mattered,’ Speakers At Memorial Service Say

Demetrius Griffin was murdered by a gunshot wound to the head and set on fire in an Austin alley last month. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Wrongfully Convicted Man Settles Chicago Heights Lawsuit For $15 Million

A federal judge Wednesday approved a $15 million settlement said to be one of the largest in Illinois history for wrongful conviction.


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Protesters Picket Brookins Fundraiser, Ask Him To Back Ordinance

Several dozen students, teachers and union members picketed Tuesday at a fundraiser for the chair of the City Council’s Education Committee.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends opening of Chicago Gourmet on Sept. 24, 2016. | Bob Roberts

Amid Violent Reputation, Emanuel Touts Chicago As Tourist Destination

Chicago Gourmet, now in its ninth year, showcases the creations of gourmet chefs from Chicago, elsewhere in the United States, Mexico and Japan.


About 100 protesters gathered outside Mayor Emanuel's speech Thursday. (CBS/Dana Kozlov)

Demonstrators Skeptical Of Chicago Mayor’s Public Safety Plan

About 100 people staged a protest outside of Malcolm X College as Mayor Emanuel laid out his highly anticipated plan to curb gun violence in Chicago.


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Illinois State Treasurer Skeptical Of Kemper’s ‘Voluntary’ Payout

Kemper said Monday in a statement that it will “voluntarily” cross-reference its insurance policies with those on the federal government’s Death Master File list.


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Family Of Murdered National Guardsman Pass Out Flyers, Hopes For Information

The family of a murdered National Guardsman passed out leaflets on Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, to hopes to receive a lead on the suspect.


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CTA Updates Code Of Conduct For Commuters

The CTA has updated its list of things you can’t do aboard an ‘L’ train or bus. The transit agency is responding to years of complaints in some instances.


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Duckworth Speaks Out At Clinton Rally

Nearly 200 enthusiastic Hillary Clinton-backers filled a River North union hall for a pep rally and strategy session with some of the state’s top women Democrats.


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Metra: Trains Delayed After Pedestrian Struck By Amtrak Train

A woman was struck and killed Thursday by an Amtrak Hiawatha Service train in Northbrook.


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Family And Friends Say Goodbye At Nykea Aldridge’s Funeral

Hundreds filled the Cosmopolitan Community Church, at 53rd and Wabash, Saturday to say goodbye to Nykea Aldridge, the first cousin of the Bulls’ Dwyane Wade who was shot to death Aug. 26.


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Skyway Maintenance Workers Strike Against Agreement Terms

Skyway maintenance workers are on strike, and no one appears to be speeding back to the bargaining table.


EpiPens, injectors filled with epinephrine, are designed to treat people suffering severe allergic reactions, to prevent anaphylactic shock. (Credit: Mylan Specialty L.P.)

Family Marks Death Of 13-Year-Old With New State Law

Backers of a new state law, permitting first responders to carry epipens to counter several allergic reactions, celebrated Saturday, marking the first anniversary of the death of the 13-year-old girl who inspired the change.


Sameer Uddin plays Pokémon Go on his smartphone outside of Nintendo's flagship store, July 11, 2016 in New York City.  The success of Nintendo's new smartphone game, Pokemon Go, has sent shares of Nintendo soaring. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Proposes Law To Help Remove Pokémon Go Stops

Proposed legislation introduced in Springfield Wednesday would require those who manage Pokémon Go and similar games to remove stops within two days of a request, and to make it easy to do so.


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Activists Hope To Reinstate Another South Side CTA Bus Route

Community Activists hope to re-extend the truncated 1/Bronzeville-Union Station route to 64th and Stony Island.


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Youth Baseball Champs Get Hero’s Welcome In Chicago

Chicago’s Senior League World Champion Clear Ridge All-Stars celebrated their victory Saturday with hundreds of fans on home turf.


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Inmate Charged With Throwing Feces At Jail Guard For Second Time

Vermon Patterson threw feces at a deputy in the showering area of the Division 9 housing tier, according to the sheriff’s office.


Metra Cancels Plans To Replace Its Oldest Bi-Levels

Metra cancels plans to replace its oldest bi-levels with new commuter rail cars, after the ongoing budgetary standoff in Springfield and lack of a statewide capital construction program. Riders are still expected to get a handful of new cars.


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City Continues With ‘Blitz’ Neighborhood Cleanups

The latest took place in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.



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