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.

FBI: Posting Threats, Even Empty Ones, Will Get You In Trouble

Jabari Dean is the focus of a public service announcement from the FBI. He once posted an empty threat, saying he was going to kill 16 people.        

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Metra Fare-Hike Plan Gets Initial Approval

It would be the fourth increase in four years. Riders are not happy.


North Suburb Offers Skunk ‘Bounty’

Vernon Hills is offering homeowners cash for skunks caught on private property, amid an explosion of the animals.      


Latest Illinois Borrowing Has Upside, Watchdog Says

Interest on the latest loans to pay down bills is better than paying late-penalty fees, the leader of the Civic Federation says.


Glam Rocker Alice Cooper Still Losing His Head After Nearly 50 Years On Stage

Cooper said he has enjoyed his role as one of rock’s original villains. Indignant parents loved to hate his shows in the 1970s.


One U.S. Airport Now Letting Unticketed People Past Security

The experiment is happening at Pittsburgh International Airport. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


South Side Parade Urges Dads To Take Kids To School On First Day Of Class

Washington Park hosted a big back-to-school fair Saturday, and some of those attending first took place in a symbolic anti-violence march.


Man Drowns Off Illinois State Beach Park

A man drowned midday Wednesday in deceptively calm waters off Illinois Beach State Park, just south of the Wisconsin state line.



FBI Offers $25K Reward To Solve Triple-Killing At Wisconsin Racing Event

Three men from the Aurora area were fatally shot at the Great Lakes Dragway, in Union Grove, Wis. on Aug. 13.


Semi Loses Rear Trailer, Keeps Driving: Ind. Police

A trucker on the Borman Expressway in Gary, Ind. lost one of his trailers but didn’t realize it for more than seven miles.


More Life Sentences For Members Of Super Gang

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the sentences send the message to the gangs that there are consequences for their actions. 


Uber, Lyft Offer Refunds For Surge Pricing During CTA Shutdown

Some riders reportedly paid as much as $110 for a ride when police shut down three CTA ‘L’ lines during the Tuesday morning rush.


Latest Soda Tax Headache: Feds Say It Violates Food Stamp Rules

At risk is $86.8 million in federal funding for SNAP clients across Illinois – not just Cook County.


Emanuel On Rauner: He’s One To Talk About ‘Mismanagement’

The Chicago mayor says test scores, graduation rates and college attendance are all improving in city schools, regardless of what the governor says.


Displaced Racing Greyhounds Need Homes

If you’re in the market for a dog, you might consider taking in a retiring racing dog. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Made In Chicago: American Hotel Register

The hotel register is an anachronism. American Hotel Register is anything but.


Heroes Who Foiled Burglary Honored

The attempted break-in occurred at about 10:15 a.m. June 15. The three girls – 9- and 11-year-old sisters and the elder girl’s best friend — ran to the bathroom and locked the door when they heard breaking glass.  


Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, took on flood water after heavy storms in July 2017. (Credit: Round Lake Area School District 216)

Repairs To Begin At Flood-Damaged School In Round Lake Park

One day after a visit from Gov. Bruce Rauner, repairs and cleanup begin at the flood-ravaged Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park.


After Flood, Expect Mosquitoes

The floodwaters reached places they had never been, and the Lake County Health Department warns mosquitoes won’t be far behind.


In Flooded Gurnee, A Giant Roadway Cave-In And Lots Of Sandbags

A giant crater opened up Thursday morning on Gages Lake Road near Lonard Drive.



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