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.

Hero Kid, 4, Calls 9-1-1 When Her Mother Has Asthma Attack

The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday honored 4-year-old Aria Koval with an honorary commendation.


Trump Supporters Shut Down Music Store; Claim Harassment

A couple shuts down their Chicago music store, and blame people who allegedly harassed and threatened them because they back President Trump.


Oak Park Students

Oak Park Students March For Education Funding

District 97 board members said music, art, and theater programs may go away in the third year of cuts if an April tax referenda is defeated.


Four Charged In Heroin Overdose Death Of Kane County Woman

Police arrested four men after officials found Ashley Mastel dead of a fentanyl-laced heroin overdose in her Sugar Grove Township home.


Durbin Prods Railroad Over Gun Thefts From Chicago Railyard

The U.S. senator writes that the thefts “jeopardize the safety and well-being of Chicago residents.”


Sen. Durbin Hopes Courts Strike Down Trump Immigration Order

Dick Durbin said the president’s executive order amounts to a Muslim ban and sets a poor example for the world.


Arts Group Disappointed In ‘Spindle’ Auction Results

The high bid of $2,075 fell well short of the reserve price for the remnants of the cars-on-a-spike sculpture.


Suspect Beats Murder Charge, Is Gunned Down Upon Leaving Jail

Freedom lasted a matter of moments for a South Side man who beat a murder charge and was released on bond from the Cook County Jail — only to be gunned down less than a mile away.


McHenry County Forms Support Group For Families Of Victims

The support group is for victims’ families, whether the person was murdered, hit by a car, died of a drug overdose or through other means.


History Museum Helps Celebrate Chicago’s 180th Birthday

The city of Chicago marked its 180th birthday on Saturday!


Cardinal: No Immigration Agents On Church Property Without Warrant

Cardinal Blase Cupich is telling priests of the Archdiocese to not allow federal agents onto church property without a warrant.


McHenry Sheriff Warns Of Scam Calls To Residents Seeking ‘Payments’

Sheriff Bill Prim wants to be clear: His department does not inform people of warrants over the phone or collect fines that way.


CPS Official To Principals: Do Not Cooperate With Immigration Authorities

In a letter to principals released Tuesday evening, Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson wrote, “To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance in the enforcement of civil immigration law.”


In Chicago, Trayvon Martin’s Parents Reflect On Race And Justice

Five years ago this month, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a community watch volunteer. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Ice Fishing: It’s Over

The unusually mild weather has finished off the outdoor hobby earlier than ever. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Cook County Jail Braces For Blitz Of ‘Sick Calls’ During Super Bowl

The jail can’t chain guards to their posts, but one official says the sheriff’s office is taking several steps to try to ease the manpower shortage.


Video Of Chicago Police Officer Giving Man A Thicker Coat Goes Viral

The encounter inspired the officers to start a clothing drive at their West Side police station.


Lawyer: Media ‘Sensationalized’ Alleged Facebook Live Attackers

Lawyers representing the four people accused of attacking a teen with mental disabilities said media coverage has led to death threats.


Blagojevich Asks President Obama For Commutation

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking the president to commute his corruption sentence.


Another Crank 9-1-1 Call Sends Lake County Deputies Scrambling

In the latest incident, a caller to Vernon Hills police claimed about 7 p.m. Thursday that he killed his mother with a gun.




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