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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Amtrak Panel Says Solution To Delays Won’t Come Cheap

Delays on Metra and Amtrak lines are growing, not to mention the freight hauled to and through the Chicago area by rail. A blue ribbon panel commissioned by Amtrak believes it has the answers — but they won’t come cheap.

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Signage for the United States Post Office (USPS). (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Murdered Mail Carrier Remembered By Neighborhood He Served

A South Side neighborhood turned out to remember a beloved mail carrier, murdered outside his home on Sept. 20.

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Everloyce McCullough, a member of the Moms Against Senseless Killings. (Credit: CBS)

Army Of Moms Bring Anti-Violence Patrols To Back Of The Yards Neighborhood

A local group of moms is joining forces with police to fight back against crime in the city.


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Negotiations To Resume Sunday Between McHenry High School Teachers, Board

Until then, the strike continues, WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Panel Suggests Fixes For Growing Amtrak, Metra, And Freight Train Delays

Howard Learner, president of Chicago’s Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the problems can best be described this way: If each airline at O’Hare International Airport had its own traffic controllers, the result would be chaos. Learner said that effectively is what the nation’s major railroads are doing.


Students bags are searched after mass shooting on a community college campus in Oregon. (CBS)

College Students Wonder How Local Campuses Would Handle Shooting Scenarios

WBBM’s Bob Roberts talks with Triton College students, and security expert Ross Rice about the ramifications for the Chicago area.


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Teachers In McHenry School District Threatening To Go On Strike

Last-ditch contract negotiations resumed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday between the McHenry High School District 156 administration and teachers who are threatening to strike Thursday morning if no contract agreement can be reached.


Leo Amin. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff's office.)

Police Searching For Person Of Interest In Connection With Homicide Near Grayslake

Police are searching for a person of interest in connection with a homicide near Grayslake Tuesday morning, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office.


Alice the corpse flower. (Credit" Chicago Botanic Garden.)

Corpse Flower ‘Alice’ Blooms At Chicago Botanic Garden

There’s a big stink at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and it’s all about Alice the corpse flower.


Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Lincoln-Way Board Plans Forensic Audit Of District Finances

The south suburban Lincoln-Way school district board voted unanimously Thursday night to bring in an outside auditor who will get down to the nitty-gritty, in an attempt to determine if any fraud or questionable spending plunged it into financial trouble.


Teachers from Prospect Heights School District 23 walk the picket line after going on strike. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Contract Negotiations Resume Amid Prospect Heights Teachers Strike

The two sides will be back at the table only hours after rejecting a four-year proposal that the board characterized as its “best and final” offer.


Former Bears player Desmond Clark (CBS)

Desmond Clark, School Join Sides To Promote Diversity

Clark said he and his wife met Tuesday night with school administrators and the District 128 school board, and while Clark refused give details, he said the two sides have agreed to work together to provide better diversity education.


Governor Bruce Rauner

Rauner Signs Bill Limiting Severance Packages For Community College Presidents

Without fanfare, Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law a bill that prevents community college boards from giving out the types of contracts and severance agreements that the College of DuPage gave its president Robert Breuder.



Testing Begins For Ventra Smartphone App

Testing is underway on the Ventra smartphone app. This time, the area’s transit agencies are trying to ensure that the bugs are worked out before its release.


Officer Thomas Wortham

Murdered Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV Remembered At “Peace In The Park”

For the sixth consecutive year, Gresham District Chicago police officers Saturday remembered murdered officer Thomas Wortham IV with activities for neighborhood children in Cole Park.


A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Says Yellow Line Repair Work Remains On Schedule

Nearly four months have passed since the embankment collapsed on the CTA’s Yellow Line, shutting it down. But at least another month of work remains.


UP West Metra Train

Railroads Threaten Shutdown Without Extension Of Safety System Deadline

The nation’s major freight railroads are threatening partial or total shutdowns Jan. 1, unless Congress extends the deadline for installing new signaling systems and software — and Metra and Amtrak are caught in the middle.


From left: Maria Perea, Ramon L. Ayala, Jonathan R. Rodriguez. (Aurora Police)

Five Members Of Chicago Family Stole $3,200 In Goods From Outlet Mall: Aurora Police

(CBS) — Five members of a west side Chicago family have been charged with stealing goods from stores at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora. Police say that the alleged ringleader was 61-year-old Maria […]


A door on a CTA Blue Line opened while in transit. (Credit: Twitter user  Jack M Silverstein, @readjack)

CTA Investigating After Set Of Doors Opened On Blue Line Train After Pulling Out Of Damen Stop

A CTA Blue Line train gave riders a scare Wednesday, as it thundered toward the Loop with some of its doors open.


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CTA To Pay $4.3 Million To Family Of Pilsen Woman Killed In Accident

The CTA will pay $4.3 million to the family of a Pilsen woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident and then hit a second time by a bus.