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.


Thanksgiving In The ER: Potluck Dinner, Dressing Injuries

Firefighters and police officers don’t get the day off on Thanksgiving, and neither do hospital emergency rooms.


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Chicago’s Official Christmas Tree Lit In Millennium Park

Thousands gathered at Millennium Park to watch Chicago’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


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Ventra App Proves Popular With Transit Riders On Public Debut

The Ventra smart phone app is off to a fast start. By mid-afternoon Thursday, the first day it was available to the general public, more than 20,000 people had downloaded the free app and it was the #3 trending app at The App Store.


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Hundreds Attend Silent Vigil Outside French Consulate To Remember Victims Of Paris Terror Attacks

Several hundred people took part in a silent candlelight vigil outside the French consulate in downtown Chicago for the victims of the Paris bombings.


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Mourners Say Goodbye To Slain Model Kaylyn Pryor

More than 1,000 people filled the South Side New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral of an aspiring 20-year-old model gunned down at an Englewood bus stop Nov. 2.


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VA Hospitals Holding Access Stand Down Day To Ensure Vets In Need Of Urgent Care Get It

Military veterans in need of medical care were invited today to a VA hospital nationwide to ensure that their needs are being addressed.


Designs are tested in a small-scale wind tunnel housed at a Chicago architectural firm. (Bob Roberts/WBBM)

Wind Tunnel Helps Chicago Architectural Firm Test Designs

The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill wind tunnel is 30 feet long, 40 inches wide and 55 inches tall, tucked away in a mezzanine office of the 111-year-old Railway Exchange Building.


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Bulls Announce Plans For D-League Team In Hoffman Estates

The Bulls are holding a contest to name the team.

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Metra, Pace Approve Fare Increases

The increases are tucked into 2016 budgets that the Metra and Pace boards approved unanimously in separate votes Wednesday.


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Police Seek Person Of Interest In Case Of Dismembered Child Found In Lagoon

Chicago Police are searching for a person of interest wanted for questioning in connection with the death of a child found dismembered in the Garfield Park lagoon in September. The person of interest was not identified.


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Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews Surprises Wheaton Middle School Student

Toews surprised students as he presented the grand prize in a contest to an aspiring 13-year-old defenseman.

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Head Of Airport Trade Group Says Governments Should Back Off And Let Investigators Determine Cause Of Metrojet Crash In Egypt

The head of the international trade group that calls itself “the voice of the world’s airports” wants the governments intensely interested in finding a cause for the Metrojet crash in Egypt to back off and let the investigators do their job.


Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Mother Of Murdered Nine-Year-Old Defends Herself After Buying Car

The mother of murdered nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee is being bashed on the Internet for using money intended for his funeral expenses to buy a car, but she is defending the purchase as WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Social Service Providers Meet At Rainbow PUSH As State Budget Impasse Enters Fifth Month

Illinois is now in its fifth month without a state budget, and no solution to the impasse appears close. The continuing impasse has providers who met Saturday at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters worried for themselves and for those they serve.


Kady Bryant, left, her son, and her husband, Kenneth, tour the renovated home they received Friday in Elk Grove Village. (WBBM/Bob Roberts)

Iraq War Veteran, Wife Get Mortgage-Free Home, Thanks To Generous Gift

Military Warriors Support Foundation and PNC Bank Illinois teamed up to say thank you to Kenneth Bryant. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Designer Operating Emergency Halloween Costume Repair Clinic In Uptown

A professional costume designer worked her magic last minute for those who visited her emergency Halloween clinic in Uptown.


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Trick-Or-Treaters At NW Side Mars Factory Get Their Fill Of Free Candy

It’s the ultimate Halloween treat, a bag full of Mars candy, free. It was handed out directly from the Northwest Side’s factory, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Free Rides For Yellow Line Riders When Service Resumes Friday

When the CTA’s Yellow Line reopens Friday, for the first time since a May 17th embankment collapse, riders for the first eight days will pay nothing. It’s part of an aggressive campaign rebuild ridership on the line. CTA also will provide free parking for riders at its Dempster terminal through year’s end.


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Park Ridge Police Officers Getting Training To De-Escalate Situations Without Using Force

Police officers in northwest suburban Park Ridge are getting training in ways to de-escalate situations, and avoid the use of force.


Hundreds Protest Meeting Of Police Chiefs At McCormick Place

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is meeting at McCormick Place, and was the focus of a protest by several hundred people from police headquarters to the convention site.



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