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.

A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

Repairs To CTA Yellow Line To Take “Several Weeks”

Travel to and from Skokie by CTA won’t be Swift for a while, after an embankment crumbled, falling away completely from the tracks. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) said Tuesday that it will take “several weeks to complete this (repair) work properly.”


Wrigley Field's scoreboard.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Wrigley Field Commemorative Bricks Found In Landfill Near Pontiac, Ill.

A number of personalized pavers from Wrigley Field have been found in a landfill near Pontiac, Illinois, according to the Pontiac Daily Leader.


Cpl. Sara Medina. (Source: Marine Corps Times)

Fundraiser Has Raised More Than $3,000 To Help Family And Friends Pay Travel, Funeral Expenses Of Aurora Marine Who Died In Nepal

A fundraising drive that has raised more than $3,000 toward funeral and travel expenses for the family and friends of a west suburban Marine killed in Nepal continues.


Ventra App

Rollout Of Ventra App Delayed Until Fall

CTA spokesperson Tammy Chase said the area’s transit agencies are going to bring in between 20 and 30 experienced beta testers from the Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Civic User Testing Group to iron out those problems that exist.


A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Board Delays Vote To Require Permits To Fly Drones In Chicago Parks

Enthusiast Christopher Morrison spotted the agenda item and told the board a response so simplistic could do more harm than good, prompting some to fly drones over residential neighborhoods, through back yards or in other places that could be deemed inappropriate.


A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Anticipating Rauner’s Cuts, CTA Trims $21M From Budget

Outgoing CTA President Forrest Claypool evaded the question when asked by WBBM Wednesday if the agency is considering fare hikes or service cuts, but CTA chief financial officer Ron DeNard said the agency will be able to erase $21 million in subsidies for reduced fares without resorting to such measures.


Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said that the street outside 308 E. 136th Pl. collapsed beneath the weight of the rig. (Credit: CBS)

Fire Gets Truck Stuck In Sinkhole On SE Side

A fire truck on its way back from a call on the city’s far southeast side Tuesday night became stuck in a sinkhole.


University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Protesters Say South Side Needs Adult Trauma Center More Than Presidential Library

After the Obama Library announcement, about 75 protesters marched through the University of Chicago campus to the home of the school’s president, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

Family Of Pravin Varughese Holds Vigil In Daley Plaza

The family of a Southern Illinois University-Carbondale student found dead in subzero cold more than a year ago gathered with families of other unsolved missing persons and murder cases Saturday in Daley Plaza.


Palestinian Heritage Parade Marches Down Columbus Drive For First Time

The Palestinian Heritage Parade, a fixture in southwest suburban Bridgeview, was transplanted to Columbus Drive, between Roosevelt and Monroe, for the first time Saturday.


Chicago Public Schools Logo

Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against CPS

Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Hawthorn Woods Mayor Asking Gov. Rauner To Halt Proposed Route 53 Expansion

Far north suburban Hawthorn Woods is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to throw a roadblock in the latest path of the proposed Route 53 expansion through Lake County.


Juan Rivera talks with reporters Friday as a settlement was announced for his wrongful convictions. (CBS/Bob Roberts)

Waukegan City Council Approves Settlement For Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

he Waukegan City Council has voted unanimously to approve its share of the $20 million settlement being paid to Juan Rivera, who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a notorious murder he did not commit, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

AIDS Activists Hope To Convince Rauner To Forego Cuts

AIDS activists are hoping that Governor Rauner can be convinced to forego cuts in the state’s AIDS treatment and prevention budgets.



Glenview Park District Taking On NCAA In Copyright Dispute

It’s not quite David versus Goliath, but the Glenview Park District is preparing to do battle with the NCAA over a copyright issue.


Prom Dress

Hundreds Of Girls Pick Out Free Prom Dresses Courtesy Of Operation Glass Slipper

Girls traveled from across the Midwest to a South Side school to get everything they need for prom — for free.


About 50 volunteers picked up garbage on Oak Street Beach Saturday. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Dozens Of Volunteers Pick Up Trash At Oak Street Beach

Another sure sign that spring is here to stay: It was spring cleaning day Saturday at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach.



Website For Pilsen’s National Museum of Mexican Art Appears Hacked By Islamic Extremist

An Islamic extremist appears to have hacked the Web site of Pilsen’s National Museum of Mexican Art.


Faiz Ikramulla (Courtesy: Cook County Sheriff)

Father Accused Of Abandoning Daughter In Forest Preserve Charged With Kidnapping

A Round Lake man is being held in the Cook County Jail on $300,000 bond for allegedly abandoning his three-year-old daughter in a forest preserve trash bin, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


Stacy Jurich (left) and Natasha McShane were beaten with a bat in the Bucktown neighborhood in 2010.

Survivors Of Bucktown Baseball Bat Attack Receive Awards For Courage

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Tuesday night presented an award for courage to two women who survived being beaten with a baseball bat and left for dead by a thief in Bucktown five years ago.