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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.

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests Protests Pick For Cardinal George’s Successor

Not everyone is giving Chicago’s next Roman Catholic archbishop high marks.

09/20/2014

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Right-To-Die Conference In Chicago Draws Protest

Advocates for assisted suicide from around the world are meeting in Streeterville, while opponents are protesting outside. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.

09/18/2014

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

As Key Vote Looms, Illiana Expressway Foes Ramp Up

Another crucial vote on the controversial proposed Illiana Expressway is just weeks away, and opponents are gearing up by branding it one of the biggest “boondoggles” in the country.

09/17/2014

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Family Of Man Fatally Struck By Wheeling Police SUV Files Lawsuit

A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of the 20-year-old man who was struck and killed Sunday by a Wheeling Police squad car, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

09/16/2014

Railroad Crossing

Alarming Number Of Rail Deaths Prompts ‘Rail Safety Week’

More people die when being struck by trains in Illinois than in all but two other states. Police across the state of Illinois hope to change that this week as Illinois observes a “Rail Safety Week” for the first time.

09/15/2014

Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge

Made In Chicago: Pickwick Theater

The big screen is still really big at the Pickwick Theater, in Park Ridge.

09/15/2014

Bicycles (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

New Hiking-Biking Trail Links Botanic Garden And Forest Preserve

The one-mile link through the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Cook County Forest Preserve District’s Turnbull Woods saw immediate and heavy use.

09/13/2014

Slain Chicago police Officer Michael Ceriale is honored with a painted sculpture in the downtown. (CBS/Bob Roberts)

Fallen Officers Honored With Public Art Installation

Seventy-five sculptures of horses — each dedicated to a different slain Chicago police officer — are beginning to appear along the Magnificent Mile.

09/13/2014

Photo Of Taxi Sign (Jim Davis/Getty Images)

Taxi Slowdown Staged To Demand Fare Hike, Regulations For Competitors

It was not immediately clear how many of the city’s 7,000 taxicabs would be idled by any slowdown. Attempts in the past by taxi drivers to stage work slowdowns have generally been unsuccessful because the drivers have not been well-organized.

09/11/2014

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River Forest Honors 9-11 Victims With 13th Annual LemonAid Charity Event

In River Forest, people are honoring the victims of 9-11 by raising money for charity at the 13th Annual LemonAid event.

09/11/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Budget For 2015 Avoids Fare Hike

Pace is the first Chicago-area transit agency to unveil its 2015 budget — and it’s good news for riders.

09/11/2014

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Demonstrators Hold Anti-War Protest Downtown

There was a protest outside the Kluczynski Federal Building downtown three hours before President Obama’s speech, but it was easy to miss.

09/10/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA To Rehab ‘L’ Cars Used On Orange, Brown Lines

The CTA’s board Wednesday set the stage to rebuild the ‘L’ cars used on the Orange and Brown lines, even though it expects to junk them in less than 10 years.

09/10/2014

American flag decals on lockers at a Maywood firehouse. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Four Maywood Firefighters Sent Home Over Refusal To Remove American Flag Decals

Four Maywood firefighters have been suspended for refusing to remove American flags from their helmets, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

09/09/2014

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Actress Molly Glynn Dies After Being Struck By Falling Tree

Veteran Chicago theater actress Molly Glynn has died after she was struck by a falling tree in Winnetka while riding her bicycle during a severe storm Friday afternoon, a hospital spokesman confirmed.

09/05/2014

File photo of a Blue Line train.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

California Blue Line Station Closed For Six Weeks

One of the oldest ‘L’ stations in the city has been shut down for six weeks, to undergo a major renovation.

09/04/2014

Dick's Sporting Goods made 7,000 of these T-shirts to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Jackie Robinson West Receives Over $164,000 From T-Shirt Sales

The Jackie Robinson West Little League got a big check from the sale of T-shirts touting the team’s run in the Little League World Series.

09/03/2014

Pastor Corey Brooks organized a downtown march urging Chicagoans to keep the guns down this holiday weekend. (CBS)

Pastor Asks Gangs To Hold Their Fire Over Labor Day Weekend

Pastor Corey Brooks and promoters Asa Powell and Victor Woods said they talked with gang leaders for three weeks to try to assure a violence-free Labor Day.

08/29/2014

Same Sex Marriage

Pence Hopeful Court Will Uphold Indiana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he remains hopeful that the Hoosier State’s ban on same-sex marriages will remain intact, despite blistering questions by the three-judge panel from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

08/28/2014

The home where Michael Jackson grew up in Gary. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Gary Renovating Homes On Block Michael Jackson Grew Up On Ahead Of Three-Day Festival

The sounds of saws and hammers have filled the air this week along the street in Gary where pop idol Michael Jackson grew up in advance of a three-day festival marking his birthday.

08/27/2014

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