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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.

A giant American flag inside the atrium at Macy's on State Street. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Celebrates Flag Day By Singing National Anthem On State Street

People across the country stopped at 3 p.m. Chicago time to mark Flag Day by singing the national anthem.

06/14/2014

One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches

Sioux City To Commemorate 25th Anniversary Of United 232 Crash

In a month, the people of Sioux City, Ia., will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crash of a crippled, Chicago-bound United Airlines DC-10 that was forced to make an emergency landing at Sioux Gateway Airport.

06/14/2014

O.J. Simpson (C) sits with his attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr (R) and Robert Blasier (L) during a court hearing in Simpson's double murder trial. (Photo credit: POO/AFP/Getty Images)

20 Years Later: Law Professor Looks Back At O.J. Murder Trial

Twenty years ago Thursday, actor and former football star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her townhouse in Los Angeles. What ensued was thought by many to be the trial of the century or, at the very least, the decade.

06/12/2014

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Police Warning Hyde Park Residents After Armed Robberies Near MSI

Police are warning about a series of armed robberies occurring across the street, and down the block, from the front entrance to the Museum of Science and Industry.

06/11/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

New CTA Rail Cars Not Expected Until 2019 At The Earliest

Until the 5000 series began delivery, CTA had the oldest rapid transit fleet in the nation. It hopes to reduce the average age to less than 10 years by 2022.

06/11/2014

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Historic Union Pacific Train Helping Warn Of Rail Dangers

A distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.

06/11/2014

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Chicago Family Hoping For Permanent Reunion With Father In Mexico

A Pilsen woman and her daughter are hoping to be reunited with their husband and father, a Mexican citizen, for Father’s Day.

06/10/2014

Items Belonging To Owner Of ‘The Earl Of Old Town’ Folk Bar Go Up For Sale

An unusual estate sale took place Saturday in the South Side Pullman neighborhood. Items once belonging to the owner of the legendary folk bar “The Earl of Old Town” were put up for sale.

06/07/2014

Surveillance photos of two suspects wanted in connection with two homicides in the South Shore neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Police Searching For Clues In Murders Of Deacon, Guitar Player

Police, Cook County Crime Stoppers and members of two murder victims’ families went door-to-door in the south side Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood looking for clues, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/07/2014

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Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Files Lawsuit

The family of a man shot to death Memorial Day weekend by Chicago Police has filed a suit alleging wrongful death and the use of excessive force, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/04/2014

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Same-Sex Marriage Law Goes Into Effect Statewide Sunday

Sunday is the day that the law legalizing same-sex marriage takes full effect in Illinois.

05/31/2014

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, left, and the Kings' Anze Kopitar. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Blackhawks’ Loss Has Playoff Ticket Prices Plummeting

The Chicago Blackhawks face elimination when they take the ice for Game 5 of their Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night at the United Center. If you want to see it in person, you may be able to go for a fraction of the ticket’s face value.

05/27/2014

Steven Luellen (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Suspect Wanted By Cops Crashes Vehicle, Kills Man In Elgin

A man wanted by the U.S. Marshals crashed his vehicle and killed a man after refusing to pull over in northwest suburban Elgin Tuesday afternoon, police said.

05/27/2014

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Memorial Commemorates 50 Closed Chicago Public Schools

A Chicago Public Schools parents’ group staged a protest Saturday that looked a lot more like a picnic.

05/24/2014

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Priest Accused Of Exposing Himself At Gas Station

The pastor of a Catholic church in Batavia was charged Friday with public indecency.

05/23/2014

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Despite Unclear Future, RTA Signs $5 Million Ad Campaign

The Regional Transportation Authority may not even be around in a few months, yet it has just signed a 38-month, $5 million advertising contract targeting markets that have eluded the area’s transit agencies.

05/21/2014

Wrigley Field marquee in 2008. (Getty Images)

Cubs To Fix Mural Mistake Depicting Comiskey Park

It’s true. Someone slipped up, and a photo depicting aviator Charles Lindbergh visiting a 1927 Chicago White Sox game at the old Comiskey Park ended up in the Cubs’ centennial mural on the walls of Wrigley Field.

05/16/2014

File Photo Of A Silhouette Of Firefighters (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Elgin Authorities Seek Help Investigating Tower Building Fire

Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Terrance Bruce said the fire is considered suspicious because first responders found the lobby door glass broken out.

05/16/2014

Emmanuel Perez (Lincolnshire Police)

Man Arrested Trying To Meet Teen For Sex: Police

A former coach at Vernon Hills High School has been arrested at another north suburban high school and charged with indecent solicitation.

05/15/2014

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Pace To Offer New Express Service To Brookfield Zoo

Pace wants to make it easier this summer for CTA riders to get to the Brookfield Zoo.

05/15/2014

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