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.

CPS Public Meeting On Englewood Schools Turns Into Rowdy Shouting Match

A two-hour public meeting on the Chicago school board’s plan to replace four high schools in Englewood with one new $85-million school degenerated at times into a shouting match.


Networking Event Tailored To CHA College Students

Some recruiters came prepared to offer internships and jobs, others financial support through scholarships and grants. The organizations ranged from accountants to conglomerates to banks to the Chicago Bulls.


Trump Bio ‘Fire And Fury’ Flying Off Bookshelves

Michael Wolfe’s book claims to tell the true story of the chaotic early days of the Trump White House. The administration has pushed back at the book, released Friday, calling it lies.


Do You Dare Wash Your Salt-Encrusted Car?

Operators of car washes may not agree, but auto-body expert Marvin Daniels Jr. says his best advice is to stay away from them until temperatures rise above freezing.


Another Cold Snap Firefighting Operation, This Time In Evanston

Smoke and fire initially forced back the firefighters, who took turns in warming buses.


An Unusual Abortion Protest: Caroling, Empty Manger Outside Clinics

It was low-key, compared with some anti-abortion protests. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


RTA To Give Final Approval To Fare Hikes At CTA, Metra, Pace

The Regional Transportation Authority board is the last stop for fare increases and related budgetary matters.


Made In Chicago: Imperfect Produce

Imperfect Produce sells vegetables and fruit that may look a bit odd, but is just as good as any other veggies.


‘ARC’ Is Salvation Army’s Six-Month Therapy For Addiction

Rachel White left Kansas City for New York in hopes of becoming a professional dancer. The crowd she fell in with drank hard and soon, so did she – nearly a bottle of vodka a day.


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Chicago Restaurant To Pay $339,000 In Wage-Violation Case: Feds

Fabulous Freddies will pay nearly $170,000 in back wages and an equal amount in damages, labor officials said.


Durbin: December Is Best Chance For DREAM Act

Sen. Durbin says the DREAM Act is the most important legislation he’s ever authored. 


Durbin: Firing Mueller Would Spark Constitutional Crisis

Durbin says the echoes of 1974 are becoming louder and louder.


Nativity Scene Arrives At Daley Plaza

Reverend Hiram Crawford and activist William Grutzmacher battled in court 33 years ago to obtain the right to put the scene at Daley Plaza on display.


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City To Feds: ‘Stop Playing Games,’ Or Face Lawsuit

It’s the latest skirmish over federal police grants to “sanctuary cities” like Chicago.


Students Catch Teacher Doing Drugs In Classroom: Ind. Authorities

A teacher at Lake Central High School, in St. John, Ind. faces drug-related charges after allegedly being caught by students using drugs in her classroom.


XBox Live Comments Draw Hate-Crime Charges For Teen

A 13-year-old student at the Marlowe Middle School in far northwest suburban Huntley faces a series of charges in the latest alleged hate crime incident at the school.   


Stopped Freight Train Blocked Hawthorn Woods Traffic For Hours Monday

A federal law governing train crews was on a collision course with irate motorists Monday night, and motorists lost.


Regional Agency Nudges CTA Toward Fare Hike

CTA last raised base fares in 2009.


Daylight Savings Time Can Help With Sleep Patterns

A Northwestern Medicine expert on sleep disorders says there’s a lot more to being rested and alert than that extra hour.


Blagojevich Makes Another Attempt At High Court Review

For the second time in less than two years, attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are asking the nation’s highest court to review the grounds for his corruption conviction.



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