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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.

Jim Oberweis addresses supporters after winning the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. (Chris Martinez/CBS)

Oberweis Pitches His Own Minimum Wage Plan

State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), who is challenging U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the November election, has reversed his stance on the minimum wage, and unveiled his own plan to raise it to $10 per hour over three years for adult workers.

04/10/2014

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Parents, Teachers Ask CPS To Spare 3 Schools From ‘Turnaround’ Process

Parents, teachers and union leaders asked Chicago Public Schools hearing officers not to recommend three schools for the “turnaround” process.

04/09/2014

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State Awards 46 Grants For Parks And Playground Projects Across Illinois

The state of Illinois Saturday awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to 46 park and playground projects statewide, including 29 in the six-county region.

04/05/2014

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Ricketts Family May Sell Cubs Shares To Investors

The family would not give up any of its 95 percent control of the team, a spokesman said.

04/03/2014

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CTA Backtracks On Plan To Close Wrigleyville ‘L’ Stop On Cubs’ Opening Day

A customer alert that was posted Thursday afternoon on the CTA website said Red Line trains would bypass Addison northbound between 10:50 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Friday, despite the 1:20 p.m. Opening Day start.

04/03/2014

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Clinics Sign People Up For Health Coverage Ahead Of Deadline

Monday midnight is the deadline to avoid penalties when signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A series of sign-up clinics are scheduled between now and then. WBBM’s Bob Roberts attended one at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater.

03/29/2014

Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st), Danny Solis (25th) and Rey Colon (35th) joined a sit-in at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago, following an immigration rights rally in Federal Plaza. Police issued citations for trespassing to 37 people, including the aldermen, after the sit-in. (Credit: CBS)

Three Aldermen Cited For Trespassing After Immigration Sit-In

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1), Danny Solis (25) and Rey Colon (35) each sat-in, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at 101 W. Congress Pkwy.

03/28/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Kirk Want To Talk To BP Executives About Whiting Oil Spill

“Any unanticipated spill is cause for concern, but given the Whiting refinery’s recent expansion of its operations to double the amount of heavy oil sands being processed, this spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP’s new, expanded production at Whiting,” they wrote.

03/28/2014

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Bullet Fired At Orland Park Mosque During Prayer Service

A bullet was reportedly fired through the dome of an Orland Park mosque Tuesday morning, damaging the building during a early morning prayer service.

03/25/2014

About 300 Latino demonstrators marched from Daley Plaza to Federal Plaza on Jan. 21, 2013, -- the day of President Barack Obama's second inauguration -- to call for immigration reform and a moratorium on deportations. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Call For A Halt To Deportations That Split Families

Sixty people rallied in Melrose Park for an end to deportations that split families, and said they want the President to make the policy change by executive order.

03/22/2014

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Fundraiser For Cancer Patient Draws Crowds In Grayslake

Thirteen-year-old cancer patient Joey Cambio expected to see some friends and fellow Boy Scouts at the fundraiser, at the Culver’s Restaurant on Route 83 in Grayslake.

03/20/2014

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RTA Boss Doubts Plan For Transit Superagency

RTA Chairman John Gates said he wants the agency to concentrate on what he considers doable — and said his priority remains finding new money for capital repairs and rehabilitation.

03/20/2014

Commuters wait on a snow-covered platform for an L train in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harsh Winter Takes A Toll On CTA, Pace Budgets

The polar vortex has blown a hole in the CTA and Pace budgets, but neither agency is pushing the panic button yet.

03/17/2014

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Body Of Missing Des Plaines Woman Found Near Indiana Site Where She Went Missing

A body was found Friday afternoon near the site where a former Des Plaines woman went missing in December after floodwaters swept away the pickup she and her husband were driving in southern Indiana.

03/15/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about gun violence as well as the economy at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, Illinois, February 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Labor Expert Wants More Changes To Go Along With Obama’s Overtime Guarantee

Now that President Obama wants to guarantee overtime pay for more American workers, one local labor law expert is hoping that changes are made in the regulations.

03/12/2014

Four of ten guitars donated to the Cook County Jail for the "Jail Guitar Doors" program, offering weekly guitar lessons to inmates. (Credit: CBS)

Made In Chicago: Musician Allegra Rosenberg

At 18, the Niles North High School honors student has had her music played on and covered by the BBC.

03/10/2014

Immigration rights activists packed Monroe Street as they marched from a park on the Near West Side to Federal Plaza downtown, for a May Day rally on May 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Of Protesters Call For Changes In Immigration Policy

Several hundred people rallied in the Federal Plaza downtown Saturday demanding changes in U.S. immigration policy and an end to deportations that split families.

03/08/2014

Cardinal Francis George delivers a lecture at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame on March 6, 2014. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Cardinal George Maintaining Busy Schedule Despite Cancer Recurrence

Francis Cardinal George is not slowing down, despite looming treatments for recurrent cancer in his right kidney.

03/08/2014

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Prosecutors Rest Case Against Kustok; Defense Calls Expert Witness

The prosecution rested in the murder trial of Orland Park busienssman Allan Kustok Thursday afternoon, but the defense did not, as expected, immediately call the alleged killer’s daughter — former Comcast Sports Network broadcaster Sarah Kustok.

03/07/2014

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Feds: Man Called Cops After Drugs Were Seized

Some criminals aren’t too smart. A Chicago-area man is under federal indictment after he allegedly imported synthetic marijuana — then reported it stolen to police.

03/07/2014

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