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.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his chief negotiator told him that in 150 such cases, he had never seen one like it.
A north suburban Mariano’s is closed after a car crashed into the grocery store Wednesday afternoon.
A tree branch fell on a babysitter who was watching three children at a park in the north side Rogers Park neighborhood.
In March 2010, Thomas Wortham IV had recently returned from combat duty in Iraq when he was fatally shot in the driveway of his parents’ home by thieves who sought to steal his new motorcycle.
The CTA hopes to attract more riders by speeding up its buses, and giving buses green light priority over other vehicles is a key part of that strategy, but it says it is encountering problems obtaining federal grant money that’s been in the hands of the Regional Transportation Authority since 2012.
Bears fans say it would be a sacrilege to put a museum between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, where they currently set up their grills.
Thursday evening, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts was among those who welcomed the traveling display to the park, at 30th Street and Wisconsin Avenue in the western suburb.
Last week, former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was in Cooperstown, N.Y., to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last night, he coached first base for a 12-inch recreational league softball game in Winnetka.
Wisconsin Energy is promising not to raise gas bills for two years if it’s allowed to take over the parent of Peoples and North Shore Gas, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
Senator Dick Durbin says he is pleased by Walgreens apparent decision to leave its corporate headquarters in Deerfield.
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.
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.
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.
Pace has decided to “go slow” with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.
More buses could be riding the shoulders of I-55 next month.
The state hopes to crackdown on the unsafe operation of boats, thanks to newly-signed legislation, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
It’s dibs, suburban style — and just as serious as dibs in certain Chicago neighborhoods after a big snowstorm.
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.
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.
The end is at hand for the last of CTA’s old farecards.