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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Group Holds Rally In Support Of Chicago Police Officers

After several weeks of protest disparaging the Chicago police department, a group rallied across the street from the South Side’s Grand Crossing District station to say they support the department.


A model of the Loop Link on Washington Avenue. (Credit: CTA and CDOT)

CTA Rolling Out Loop Link Service Sunday

The transit agency expects the improvements, known as “Loop Link,” to result in faster and more evenly-spaced buses.


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Washington Heights Family Fighting To Stay In Long-Time Home

Foreclosure and eviction are among the most brutal things a family could face in the holiday season. But that is what could happen to a family from the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood, despite their best efforts to repurchase their long-time home and regain clear title to it.


Edward Stringer

Daughter Of Chicago Firefighter Who Died In Blaze Five Years Ago Calls For Tougher Penalties Against Building Owners

Daughter of a Chicago firefighter who died in the line of duty five years ago is asking why it had to happen again this week, and is calling for tougher penalties against the landlords whose buildings burn.


A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Stretch Of CTA Green Line Slated For Track Improvement In Spring

The next stop on the CTA’s track improvement program is the Green Line — in Austin and Oak Park.


Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jackson: Culture Within Chicago Police Department Must Change

The death of Laquan McDonald and other police-involved shootings took center stage Saturday at Rainbow/PUSH.


Laquan McDonald (Supplied Photo)

Man Whose Family Knew Laquan McDonald Says Teen Expressed Desire For New Start Hours Before Being Killed

A man whose family knew Laquan McDonald says that in his final hours, the teen expressed a desire to make a new start.


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Protesters Call For Chicago Police Board To Step Down During Meeting

Protesters packed a Wednesday night meeting of the Chicago Police Board at CPD Headquarters calling for the board to resign and for officers involved in the shootings of Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd to be fired.


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Family Of Slain Aspiring Model Passes Out Flyers In Hopes Of Finding Killer

The search continues for the gunman who killed aspiring model Kaylyn Pryor on an Englewood street corner as she waited for a bus.


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Demonstrators Stage “Die In” Outside Michigan Ave. Shops In Protest Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

The protests continue more than a week after the release of the video showing the police-involved shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.


Metra Train (Rick Kramer/CBS)

Chicago Area Transit Officials Increasingly Anxious As State Budget Impasse Continues

Chicago-area transit officials sound increasingly anxious over the inability to legislative leaders and the governor to reach agreement on a state budget.


A Lincolnshire police car (CBS)

Student Had Unloaded Gun In Lincolnshire, Police Say

Lincolnshire Police school resource officer Thomas Branick says officials elected not to impose a lockdown. There is no reason to think any student was in danger, he said.


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Protesters Dance Outside Police HQ After Firing Of Supt. Garry McCarthy

About 100 protesters celebrated the dismissal of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Tuesday night by dancing outside the doors to Chicago Public Safety Headquarters in the Bronzeville neighborhood.



Thanksgiving In The ER: Potluck Dinner, Dressing Injuries

Firefighters and police officers don’t get the day off on Thanksgiving, and neither do hospital emergency rooms.


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Chicago’s Official Christmas Tree Lit In Millennium Park

Thousands gathered at Millennium Park to watch Chicago’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


Ventra App

Ventra App Proves Popular With Transit Riders On Public Debut

The Ventra smart phone app is off to a fast start. By mid-afternoon Thursday, the first day it was available to the general public, more than 20,000 people had downloaded the free app and it was the #3 trending app at The App Store.


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Hundreds Attend Silent Vigil Outside French Consulate To Remember Victims Of Paris Terror Attacks

Several hundred people took part in a silent candlelight vigil outside the French consulate in downtown Chicago for the victims of the Paris bombings.


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Mourners Say Goodbye To Slain Model Kaylyn Pryor

More than 1,000 people filled the South Side New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral of an aspiring 20-year-old model gunned down at an Englewood bus stop Nov. 2.


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VA Hospitals Holding Access Stand Down Day To Ensure Vets In Need Of Urgent Care Get It

Military veterans in need of medical care were invited today to a VA hospital nationwide to ensure that their needs are being addressed.


Designs are tested in a small-scale wind tunnel housed at a Chicago architectural firm. (Bob Roberts/WBBM)

Wind Tunnel Helps Chicago Architectural Firm Test Designs

The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill wind tunnel is 30 feet long, 40 inches wide and 55 inches tall, tucked away in a mezzanine office of the 111-year-old Railway Exchange Building.




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