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.

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

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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

This 23-acre site in North Lawndale has been proposed as a possible home for the Obama Presidential Library, as part of a bid by the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

North Lawndale Residents Redouble Efforts To Get Obama Library

West Side residents staged a rally Thursday to make their case for building the proposed Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale.

01/16/2015

Howard Morgan walks free from the Dixon Correctional Facility. (Credit: CBS)

Three Men Released From Prison After Sentences Commuted By Quinn

Three Chicago-area men whose prison sentences in unrelated cases were commuted by Gov. Pat Quinn in the hours before he left office have been released on parole.

01/14/2015

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Pro-Library Crowd Fills First Hearing On U Of C’s Obama Presidential Library Proposal

A crowd heavily stacked in favor of a South Side site for the Obama Presidential Library has filled the auditorium at a Hyde Park High School, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

01/13/2015

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16 Women Candidates For Alderman Unite Behind Dislike Of Emanuel Administration

Sixteen women united by a dislike of the Emanuel administration, and who want to become Chicago aldermen, told an enthusiastic crowd on the UIC campus Saturday how they’d remake City Hall, if elected.

01/11/2015

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Quinn Aide Says Governor Will Focus On Pardons, Clemency During Final Hours In Office

Although Pat Quinn’s public duties as Illinois governor are now finished, the next couple of days until Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office promise to be busy ones.

01/10/2015

Quinn signed two bills into law in his final appearance as governor. (Credit; Bob Roberts)

Quinn Signs Special Election, Voter Registration Bills Into Law In Final Public Appearance As Governor

In his last public appearance before leaving office, Governor Quinn has signed two bills that drew the opposition of legislative Republicans and Governor-elect Rauner. WBBM’s Bob Roberts attended the signing ceremony.

01/10/2015

Salt spills onto cars at a dealership next to Morton Salt Building. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media)

Gawkers Flocking To Salt Pile After Wall Collapse At Morton Warehouse

The shattered south wall of the Morton Salt facility at 1301 N. Elston Av., and the giant mountain of salt that surged Tuesday through the breach, have become somewhat of a tourist attraction.

01/02/2015

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Man Arrested After Ramming Stolen Van Into Police Car

Police are questioning one person and seeking the second following a brief chase on the South Side in which an officer was injured.

01/02/2015

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Shelter Owner Says She Has Received Threats After Taking In Litter Of Bulldog Pups

The people who operate the animal rescue Wags to Wishes in the Joliet say they started getting threats after taking in a litter of puppies, reports WBBM’S Bob Roberts.

12/31/2014

Salt spills onto cars at a dealership next to Morton Salt Building. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media)

Cleanup At Morton Salt Building Could Take Awhile

The cleanup of that massive salt spill and wall collapse at Morton Salt’s storage facility just off the Kennedy Expressway will not be a quick one, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

12/31/2014

Salt spills onto cars at a dealership next to Morton Salt Building. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media)

Wall Collapses At Morton Salt Building, Cars At Dealership Next Door Buried In Salt

A partial wall collapse at the Morton Salt building on the North Side spilled mounds of salt onto cars at a dealership next door Tuesday afternoon.

12/30/2014

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 Facing Eviction Just Before Christmas

Dogs rescued by a Joliet no-kill animal rescue group could be evicted in a matter of days, but the shelter and its supporters are fighting back.

12/19/2014

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Lesbian Police Officer Sues Markham For Discrimination

Officer Brittney Jackson’s complaint has alleged the harassment began when she joined the force in May 2010, and continued despite numerous complaints. She alleged one officer asked her why she didn’t “give the men on the force a chance,” and claimed another told her, “You need to stop this ‘I’m gay’ mess.”

12/19/2014

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