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.

The Chicago Police Department's Homan Square facility.  (Credit: CBS)

Protestors Demand Chicago Police Close Homan Square Facility

Accusations by a British newspaper of brutality at a West Side Chicago police facility prompted about 75 to protest and demand its closure, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

02/28/2015

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. (Credit: CBS)

Chuy Garcia Calls For Higher Pay For Health Care Workers, More Police Officers

In the race for Chicago mayor, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spoke Saturday in favor of higher pay for home health care workers and committed himself to work toward a $15 an hour floor salary.

02/28/2015

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Woman, 19, Killed After Crashing Into Metra Train

Police are blaming the road conditions for an accident Wednesday evening that killed a 19-year-old Woodstock woman who drove into a Metra train.

02/27/2015

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Trucker On Trial For Fatal Tollway Crash Won’t Take Stand

The trucker standing trial for the fiery I-88 accident 13 months ago that left a Tollway worker dead and a state trooper critically injured will not take the witness stand.

02/25/2015

13 cars in the Kensington School parking lot were damaged. (Credit CBS)

Parents Want Charges Upgraded Against Man Accused Of Smashing Car Windows In LaGrange School Parking Lot

Residents of the LaGrange Highlands area of unincorporated southwest Cook County will get a dedicated sheriff’s police squad car while prosecutors try to determine if felony charges can be brought against a man who smashed the windows in 13 cars with a black metal pipe.

02/17/2015

The Toyota Sienna features a bubble machine on its roof (Credit: Bob Roberts)

SpongeBob Minivan Turning Heads At Chicago Auto Show

There are cars that are new, different and one-of-a-kind at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. And then there is one that is just plain weird, and the kids love it.

02/15/2015

Flowers sit outside the apartments of University of North Carolina dentistry student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, after their alledged murders at the Finley Forest condominium complex on February 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the alledged shooting of death of three Muslim Americans near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Muslims Gather Here To Remember Chapel Hill, N.C. Shooting Victims

The Council of American-Islamic Relations called for a federal hate-crime investigation.

02/13/2015

Chicago Hosts Annual Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show: It’s Not Just For Guys Anymore

You might be surprised to learn who will be attending the Chicago Auto Show, which opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 22. If you’re thinking men and boys, and grease monkeys with tool chests, Auto Show CEO Dave Sloan says last year’s research says otherwise.

02/13/2015

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Park District To Rename South Side Park After Hadiya Pendleton

Two years after she was slain in the Kenwood neighborhood, the Chicago Park District board has voted to name a Bronzeville park in memory of honor student Hadiya Pendleton.

02/12/2015

Several 3200 series CTA rail cars sit in the Kimball Rail Yard along the Brown Line. (Credit: CTA/Flickr)

More Than 250 ‘L’ Cars On Orange And Brown Lines To Be Upgraded

The transit agency says the cars will emerge from the rebuild more reliable and comfortable. In addition to the upgraded air conditioning units, wiring will be replaced, motors and batteries upgraded, along with doors, springs and control equipment. The makeover even includes pricey LED destination signs.

02/12/2015

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8 Injured In CTA Bus Crash On Near West Side

CTA spokesman Brian Steele said a car passed the bus and tried to make a right turn as the bus pulled away from the curb. Steele said there was minor damage to both vehicles.

02/12/2015

A CTA train. (CBS)

New Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station Opens Sunday

Just in time for next weekend’s Chicago Auto Show, the CTA is opening its new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station.

02/07/2015

Alleged terror supporter Mediha Salkicevic in court. (Credit: CBS)

Schiller Park Mother Accused Of Aiding ISIS Makes First Court Appearance

A Schiller Park mother will spend the weekend in federal custody, following her arrest on charges of providing material support to ISIS. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports that the woman appeared briefly before a federal magistrate.

02/07/2015

Hundreds of people attended a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the dog ban at Maggie Daley Park. (Credit: CBS)

Park District Reaffirms Dog Ban At Maggie Daley Park

The Chicago Park District said Tuesday that its decision is final, and said it will not reverse the newly-imposed ban on dogs in Maggie Daley Park. But its Grant Park Advisory council heard from both sides during a meeting Tuesday night in the park’s fieldhouse.

01/27/2015

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Police Investigating Death Of Chicago Woman Found Near New Buffalo, Mich.

Chicago Police detective have joined the investigation into the death of a Chicago woman found dead Sunday near New Buffalo, Mich.

01/27/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Complaints Down Dramatically From Last Winter

A year ago, it seemed everyone who rode Metra was complaining about lousy service in the teeth of a bitterly cold and snowy winter. While there are still complaints this winter, they are far fewer than this time a year ago, when each day seemed to bring new emergencies.

01/23/2015

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RTA: Chicago Mass Transit Needs $36B In Infrastructure Upgrades Through 2025

A Regional Transportation Authority analysis released Thursday has determined that the CTA, Metra and Pace face $36.4 billion in capital needs over the next 10 years.

01/23/2015

Brownie is a female German Shephard and Great Dane mix available for adoption at Cache Creek Animal Rescue, which is facing eviction from its facility in Joliet. (Credit: Cache Creek Animal Rescue)

Joliet Animal Shelter Gets Reprieve After Successful Fundraising Drive

An animal rescue group that seemed to be at death’s door has made a miraculous recovery, thanks to a holiday fundraising drive, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

01/20/2015

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Bids Farewell To Nearly 40-Year-Old 2400-Series ‘L’ Cars

The CTA’s rail modernization plan has progressed to the point where it can say goodbye to another group of ‘L’ cars nearing their 40th birthday.

01/20/2015

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Con Artists Pretending To Work For IRS Scam Wilmette Woman

A popular scam has been taken to a new level in north suburban Wilmette.

01/17/2015

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