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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.

Michael Shields (CBS File Photo)

Chicago FOP Removes Lodge President Shields

Directors of the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers have removed the lodge’s president.


Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Blood Spatter Expert Questioned By Defense Attorney In Kustok Trial

The defense in the murder trial of Orland Park businessman Allan Kustok spent the day Wednesday trying to discredit the prosecution’s star witness.


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CPS Threatens To Discipline Teachers Who Boycott ISAT

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has threatened to seek to remove the state certification of teachers who refuse to administer next week’s Illinois Standards Achievement Test, after many teachers planned a boycott.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Lawsuit Claims Cook County Jail Inmates Were Abused By Guards

Cook County’s Sheriff is talking this afternoon about a lawsuit that claims guards at the county jail have created what’s being described as a sadistic culture behind bars.


Angelique Kittell. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Pregnant Woman Charged With Trying To Bring Gun On Plane At O’Hare

A pregnant, convicted bank robber from Milwaukee is in trouble with the law again, this time for trying to carry a gun onto a plane at O’Hare. WBBM’s Bob Roberts was in court.


UP West Metra Train

Metra Seeks More Spare Train Cars, Better E-Alerts

Metra soon hopes to give you E-alerts about trains at specific times, not just for specific lines.

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Don Orseno, Metra's new CEO (Metra)

Metra Boss Gave Riders A Lift Home After Train Breakdown

The next time a Metra train breaks down, it may be the boss who gives you a ride home. It has already happened and WBBM’s Bob Roberts has the exclusive story.


A church statue was vandalized in McHenry, Ill. (CBS)

17-Year-Old Charged With Vandalizing McHenry Church

Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old McHenry boy with another act of vandalism at a Catholic Church in the far northwest suburb.


At least 40 icicles hang from the roof of Jerome Ashishtoam's house in Glenview, including a massive icicle that blocks the front door. (Viewer photo)

Couple Likes Icicles So Much, They Let Massive One Block Their Front Door

Icicles decorate the front of many a home in Chicago and the suburbs, thanks to the weather we’ve been having, but few are like those on the front of a home in north suburban Glenview.


The IIT Motorsports racing team built an electric car they are showing off at the Chicago Auto Show. They hope it can beat similar cars with conventional fuel engines. (Credit: Facebook)

IIT Racing Team Hopes Electric Car Can Beat Gas-Powered Rivals

The auto designers of tomorrow are cutting their teeth today on the planning and construction of the vehicle, which races in two domestic events and could race overseas.


Kia introduces the Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show on February 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  The show, which is oldest and largest in the nation, will be open to the public February 8 through February 17.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

New Kia Electric Car Debuts At Chicago Car Show

Kia Executive Vice President Michael Sprague said the Soul EV is built to be more fun than its competitors from Chevy, Nissan and Fiat.


The Chicago Auto Show.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Cuts Ribbon At Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel cut the ribbon to open the 106th edition off the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. Emanuel said this is the largest Auto Show to take place in Chicago since [...]


A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA’s Full Transition To Ventra At Least Two Months Away

CTA is a lot happier now with the Ventra farecard than it was even a month ago. But CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday that the final phase-out of old fare cards is at least two months off.


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Bolingbrook Student, 14, Pulls BB Gun On Teacher Over Grade: Police

After making the threat, the student retreated to a washroom, where police found him.


A 440 Violin Shop in Chicago's Roscoe Village is no frills. (Credit:

Stradivarius Violin Stolen From NU Lecturer In Stun Gun Attack In Milwaukee

A 300-year-old “priceless” Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday.


Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

2 Catholic Schools Say They’ve Hit Fundraising Goals To Stay Open

Two of the six schools slated to be closed in June by the Chicago Archdiocese have been given a new lease on life.


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Musician Suing CTA Over Damaged Viola

A judge has set a Feb. 18 trial date in a dispute between a musician and the CTA over a damaged viola.


Harvey Caplin (Photo supplied to CBS)

Search Continues For Missing Elderly Man With Dementia

Police from several agencies participated in the search Thursday for the missing man, Harvey Caplin, which was concentrated between Lake-Cook and Dundee Roads in Glencoe.


UP West Metra Train

Report Criticizes Metra’s Police Force

The report says Metra’s police force has been slow to transition from one that protects property to one that prevents crime and guards against terrorists.


Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Board To Seek Answers On Recent Weather Delays

Members of Metra’s board are expected to have some blunt questions Friday for a top-level official from the railroad that operates three of its commuter lines about its performance in the storms and bitter cold since the first of the year.