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.
A sign outside a Wrigleyville bar has generated controversy on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Chicago Firefighters Union’s 15th annual toy parade wound its way from the South Side to the West Loop late Saturday morning.
ComEd Friday dispatched 50 linemen and support personnel, and several dozen trucks, 650 miles south of Chicago to help the local utility cope with an ice storm that is expected to coat the Little Rock, Ark., area with as much as an inch of ice.
The new contract includes cost-of-living salary increases of 4-1/2 percent over the next three years. A new salary schedule will move many employees up two steps on the pay scale in June 2015, resulting in an additional raise.
The Hoffman Estates Junior Midgets are champions of an 11-state region. They need to come up with $32,000 to pay expenses.
A church choir sang, a children’s bell choir played Christmas carols and two Catholic priests blessed the nativity scene during the noontime ceremony Saturday.
Chicago’s official Christmas tree is lighting up Daley Plaza this hour after the official tree-lighting ceremony during the Tuesday evening rush hour.
More than 145 needy families, most of them from the Pilsen neighborhood, will have Thanksgiving with all the trimmings this year thanks to a local business.
The pregnancy was the second for 33-year-old Karen Lopez, a teacher at Morton East High School, and she was deemed high-risk.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart met with two trustees from the village of Robbins Wednesday, but deferred any decision on taking command of the suburb’s police department.
The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority said Wednesday the problems with the Ventra fare card system amount to “systemic failure,” not just “a computer glitch.” And he ordered his chief auditor to determine how much it’s costing.
A 31-year-old woman is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after she jumped a turnstile and boarded an ‘L’ train — naked.
A major north suburban shopping mall shut down unexpectedly Saturday afternoon.
A new mom says it’s time to give women who are pregnant a break aboard CTA trains and buses. The CTA agrees.
Burned twice in the past three years by impostors who stole buses, the CTA is going high-tech in its attempt to prevent it from happening again.
A 29-year-old Northern Illinois University freshman faces weapons charges and has been barred from campus — after campus police found a rifle, a handgun and body armor in his dorm room, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
The state of Illinois began issuing temporary visitors’ driver’s licenses to those who are not U.S. citizens on Tuesday. Already, prosecutors are reporting scams.
The ongoing teething problems with the Ventra fare card were front and center at the CTA’s only public hearing on its 2014 budget.
Fifty people marched against police violence in suburban North Chicago, then staged a rally at the steps of community City Hall.
After weeks of speculation, the oldest freighter on the Great Lakes — and one with a special place in Chicago history — is unloading its last load of cement, before steaming to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to be transformed into a barge.