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.

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Beer Enthusiasts Hopping For Once-A-Year Brew

Fans of Half Acre’s Galactic Double Daisy Cutter call it dank, hoppy and extra delicious. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Documentary Captures Mission Of Cook County Forest Preserve District

(CBS) — The Cook County Forest Preserve District just finished a year-long centennial celebration. A documentary, premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 20, captures its evolving mission. When landscape architects Dwight Perkins and Jens […]


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Expert Advises Gardeners To Cover Plants With Frost Possible Overnight

(CBS) — There is a possibility of frost in the overnight forecast as the temperatures are expected to dip to 35 degrees in much of the Chicago area. That could spell trouble for gardeners who […]


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In Op-Ed, Supt. Johnson Writes CPD Needs More Cooperation From Courts

Chicago’s new police superintendent is calling for more cooperation from the courts and the public in the effort to curb crime and violence on the city’s streets.


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Activists, Family Members Hold Vigil For Moms Incarcerated At Cook County Jail

Forty activists and family members gathered Saturday outside the Cook County Jail to try to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to women who are incarcerated.


Police Ticket Budget Protesters For Blocking West Loop Intersection

Some walked into the street at Van Buren and Clinton and sat down. Others rolled onto the street in wheelchairs and refused to move.


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Feds Seize 60 Tons Of ‘Illicit Honey’ From China

A honey importer in the Midwest alerted the feds earlier this year when the domestic operation became suspicious about 195 barrels of bulk honey.


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Cell Phone Tracking Helps Police To Find Escaped Lake County Inmate In Texas

A Lake County Indiana jail escapee and his girlfriend await extradition from Texas after being recaptured by police in San Antonio.


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Made In Chicago: Dainty Warrior Project

A five-year-old’s art drives the non-profit Dainty Warrior Project.



Study Finds Illinois Residents Pay Highest Property Tax Rate

Illinois has a first-place finish that is nothing to brag about.


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Three Chicago Area U.S. Reps Urge City To Reopen O’Hare Diagonal Runway

WOOD DALE, Ill. (CBS) — Millions of noise complaints have failed to stop the city of Chicago from closing the first of O’Hare International Airport’s diagonal runways. But three members of Congress hope they can. […]



Illinois Mayors, Firefighters Want Hearing On Bill To Protect First Responders From Lawsuits

The bill has sat dormant in committee since being introduced Feb. 19.


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One Injured In Kenwood Hit-And-Run

(CBS) — One person has been hurt in a hit-and-run accident in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood. Police at the scene worked into the night to try to figure out what happened. Police know that […]



Vinyl Enthusiasts Celebrating Record Store Day In Chicago

Twenty years ago, records and record stores were left for dead – but they’re coming back and today is the international celebration of Record Store Day.


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Zookeeper Injured After Being Bitten By Rhino At Lincoln Park Zoo

A zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo had her finger bitten by a rhinoceros Saturday morning, according to a spokesperson for the zoo.


Supporters of St. Adalbert's Church in Pilsen attend a prayer service Friday. (WBBM/Bob Roberts)

Protests Continue Over Planned Closing Of St. Adalbert’s In Pilsen

Preservationists call Saint Adalbert’s an architectural masterpiece. The Chicago Archdiocese calls it rundown and under-used.


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Cook County Board May Consider Registry For Animal Abusers

Known abusers who obtain a pet, or any pet shop, rescue or individual caught selling an abuser a pet would be subject to fines up to $5,000.


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Msgr. Richard O’Donnell, Oldest Priest In Archdiocese Of Chicago, Dies At 105

The oldest priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has died. Monsignor Richard O’Donnell was 105, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Claypool Denounces Latest School Funding Proposal From Springfield

Chicago Schools CEO Forrest Claypool Tuesday denounced the latest statewide school funding proposal, saying it is a conscious effort to bankrupt the Chicago Public Schools.


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Authorities Investigating Another Incident Of Racial Slurs Heard Over CPD Radio Frequency

Once again, someone has uttered a racial slur on a Chicago Police radio frequency. An investigation is underway.



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