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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Summer Vacation Almost Over For Students In Mundelein

Summer vacation is almost over for high school students in north suburban Mundelein, where the first day of classes is Aug. 11, two or more weeks before most districts.

07/29/2015

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6-Year-Old Boy Killed In Gary Church Bus Crash Near Indianapolis

A six-year-old boy died and 10 other people were hurt Tuesday when a bus from a Gary church en route to a national youth convention in Dayton, Ohio., hit a tree, flipped over and caught fire.

07/28/2015

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Speed Bumps Being Installed On Lower Wacker To Deter Drag Racers

Days after a man crashed his car and died during a drag race on Lower Wacker Drive, changes are being made to try to make it impossible.

07/21/2015

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Northwestern Students, Faculty To Get Free Rides On CTA Bus Route

Northwestern University is parking its Ryan Field shuttle buses and will let CTA do the job, beginning this fall.

07/15/2015

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Friend Helps Save 15-Year-Old Girl From Abduction Attempt In Avondale

15-year-old girl from the northwest side Avondale neighborhood owes thanks to a teenaged male friend who saved her from a would-be abductor.

07/14/2015

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Free Dog Healthcare Clinic Held On West Side

Nearly 200 West Side dogs received free health care and more during a three-hour clinic in the parking lot of the Austin district police station on West Madison Street.

07/11/2015

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More Than 100 Protest State Budget Stalemate Outside Thompson Center

Many of those who marched are state employees, including DCFS worker Stephen Mittons, who said the neediest and most vulnerable are being put in the middle.

07/11/2015

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Evening Purple Line Express Test Falling Short Of Expectations

Time is running out on the experimental CTA mid-evening Purple Express train, which faces an uncertain future.

07/10/2015

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CTA Purple Line Revamp Begins July 20

Most of the work will be done overnights and on weekends, which should minimize the inconvenience to the 13,000 riders who use the Evanston Express each weekday.

07/09/2015

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Elderly Man Falls Into Septic Tank

Warrenville Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a home at 29W571 Albright late Wednesday afternoon by the wife of a 78-year-old man who slid head first into his septic tank while working on the tank’s pump.

07/09/2015

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Weather Not Ideal For Mosquito Abatement

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District’s David Zazra says it’s not your imagination: the influx is worse than usual.

07/08/2015

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Evanston, Chicago Police Stage Joint Roll Call Along Border

Police Tuesday staged a show of force and cooperation on the city’s northern border.

07/07/2015

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Repair Work Begins At Historic Woman’s Club Of Wilmette Four Months After Fire

More than four month after fire ravaged the historic Woman’s Club of Wilmette, work began Tuesday to repair it.

07/07/2015

Fans Celebrate House Music At Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

As the nation celebrates its independence, the Chosen Few DJs are again hosting the Chosen Few Picnic Weekend, a house music festival celebrating Chicago’s homegrown dance genre, through Sunday.

07/04/2015

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Askingt Democratic Leaders, Gov. Rauner To Sit Down And Negotiate On Budget

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders to sit down and negotiate an end to the state’s budget impasse.

07/04/2015

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Marchers Protest Violence On South Side

Two hundred people rallied near Chicago police headquarters, demanding an end to the violence on East 35th Street.

07/02/2015

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Convicted Felon Charged In 2013 Murder

A convicted felon has been charged in a 2013 cold-case murder.

07/01/2015

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Evanston Residents Already Claiming Spaces For 4th Of July Parade

The North Evanston 4th of July parade is Saturday but if you want a good seat to see it, you may already be too late.

07/01/2015

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CTU: $200 Million In Cuts Will Do ‘Real Damage’

The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor’s assertions about the budget.

07/01/2015

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Plans To Close Petcoke Facilities Welcome News To South Deering Neighbors

Bowing to pressure from the Emanuel administration, community activists and environmental groups, one of the two remaining storage facilities for petroleum coke shut down Tuesday — and the last is on borrowed time.

07/01/2015

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