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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.

The 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum in Forest Park, Illinois. (Credit: 16inchsoftballhof.com)

Forest Park Welcomes New 16-Inch Softball Hall Of Fame

The 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public Saturday in Forest Park, in a converted gas station that sits 100 yard from the fields used for the game’s summer classic, the No-Glove Nationals.

07/19/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

New State Law Aims To Help Ex-Offenders Land Jobs

Legislation has been signed into law that’s designed to give ex-offenders in Illinois a better chance at finding work, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

07/19/2014

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (Photo credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Conflict Will Complicate Crash Investigation In Ukraine: DePaul Authority

DePaul University expert John Mulligan said it may not be so clear-cut with pro-Russian separatists seeking to take control of the area and possibly involved in the plane’s crash.

07/17/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Delays Plans For Expanded Service

Pace has decided to “go slow” with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.

07/09/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Expected To Expand Service Of Buses Riding On Shoulders Of I-55

More buses could be riding the shoulders of I-55 next month.

07/08/2014

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New State Laws Aim To Crack Down On Unsafe Boating

The state hopes to crackdown on the unsafe operation of boats, thanks to newly-signed legislation, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

07/05/2014

Fourth Of July Parade-Watching Gets Cutthroat In Evanston

It’s dibs, suburban style — and just as serious as dibs in certain Chicago neighborhoods after a big snowstorm.

07/03/2014

The city has opened a new mile-long stretch of protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue, one of the most heavily traveled bike corridors in Chicago. (Credit: CBS/File Photo)

Jefferson Park Residents Weigh In On Possible Changes For Milwaukee Avenue

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s goal is to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents, a priority on a two-mile stretch that saw 910 reported vehicle crashes between 2008 and 2012, in which one person died and 129 were hurt.

07/03/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Final Transition To Ventra Goes Smoothly For CTA, Pace

The CTA and Pace say they’re not aware of any problems with the final changeover to Ventra cards. WBBM’s Bob Roberts spoke with both agencies.

07/01/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA To Stop Accepting Old Farecards Tuesday

The end is at hand for the last of CTA’s old farecards.

06/28/2014

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Immigration Rights Advocates Rally Outside Rep. Dan Lipinski’s Office

About 30 immigration rights advocates rallied Saturday in front of Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Southwest Side office.

06/28/2014

A hot air balloon made an emergency landing in Huntley, after winds blew it off course, and the pilot wanted to avoid power lines near Interstate 90. (Credit: Huntley Police Department)

No Charges For Balloonists After Two Incidents In Huntley

Police have decided not to press charges against either of two balloonists who landed their craft in in northwest suburban Huntley over the past week.

06/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Republican Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify On Anti-Violence Program

Two outspoken Republican lawmakers say Governor Quinn is doing all he can to hide from upcoming legislative hearings on his failed neighborhood recovery initiative anti-violence program, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/25/2014

Kirk Dillard (Credit: Steve Miller)

Kirk Dillard Elected RTA Chairman

The Regional Transportation Authority is shifting gears – from a developer as its board chairman to a politician and attorney who actually rides mass transit regularly.

06/25/2014

Jewel Store

Jewel Opens Stores At Closed Dominick’s Locations

Jewel-Osco is opening five more stores at former Dominick’s locations. WBBM’s Bob Roberts checked out the story in Rogers Park.

06/24/2014

U.S. Army Private Aaron Toppen.

Body Of Mokena Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Returns To Home

It’s a sad homecoming for an Illinois soldier who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The body of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen arrived in his hometown of Mokena.

06/21/2014

Demonstrators held a march and vigil Thursday in protest of a strip club planned for Stone Park. (CBS)

Nuns File Suit, Hold Vigil To Close Neighboring Strip Club

The nuns, several local residents and the village of Melrose Park filed suit Friday seeking to shut Club Allure, which is on the Stone Park-Melrose Park border.

06/20/2014

Protestors march against a strip club in Stone Park. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Sisters Vs. Strippers: Nuns To Sue Over Strip Club Next Door To Convent

Their lawyer, Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society, said state law is clear that adult clubs cannot operate within 1,000 feet of a school or house of worship. The nuns have both, and the club is just over their back fence.

06/18/2014

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Hinsdale Sends Tuition Bills To Students Living Outside The District

The parents of 17 students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools have been sent some big tuition bills.

06/17/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Steps Up Enforcement Against Graffiti

The CTA’s stepped-up war on graffiti continues, and officials believe it is yielding results.

06/14/2014

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