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.

Rahm Emanuel at Operation Warm's winter coat giveaway. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Operation Warm Gives Away Free Winter Coats To CHA Residents

Chicago Housing Authority residents filled the UIC Forum Saturday to get free winter coats for the children, flu shots, food and more.


Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

CTA Budget For 2015 Includes No Fare Hikes, Service Cuts

The $1.44 billion budget, released Monday, holds the line on base fares, projects a modest .7 percent increase in ridership, and adds service on five rapid transit lines — taking advantage of the hundreds of new ‘L’ cars that have been added to the fleet.


Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Negotiations To Resume As Waukegan Teachers’ Strike Continues

Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled.


A screen capture of the "Back Off Bullies" game. (Credit: Motorola Mobility.)

Sen. Kirk Works With Students To Develop Anti-Bullying Game App

A game app for Android smart phones has been created by kids, for kids, to combat bullying. And it’s coming to a school near you.


Waukegan Teachers Strike

Negotiators In Waukegan Teachers Strike Won’t Resume Talking Until Monday

Negotiators will take the weekend off in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60, and Monday classes have been cancelled.


U.S. Army reservists with the 300th Personnel Company returned to Forest Park from Afghanistan on Thursday, and were honored at a dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone, at center. (Credit: Facebook)

Forest Park Reservists Back Home From Afghanistan

The Forest Park-based unit’s primary job was to deliver mail and packages, sell stamps and process money orders for those fighting. They were honored Thursday night at a pasta-and-sausage dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.


Man Flashes Teen Girl In Lincoln Park

In a note e-mailed to parents, Lincoln Park High School Principal Michael Boraz wrote that the man exposed himself near the corner of Orchard and Willow Streets, while the girl walked to school Monday morning.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Oberweis Square Off In Only Televised Debate

Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis squared off in their only televised debate. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says there was one recurring theme.


Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Talks Continue Wednesday Amid Waukegan Teachers’ Strike

For much of the day Tuesday, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 chief negotiator Tony Ficarelli said he believed that progress was being made in talks with the Lake County Federation of Teachers, but in the end it proved to be a mirage.


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Cook County Jail Guard Charged With Scheming To Smuggle Pot Into Jail Through Sandwiches

The FBI has put the bite on a Cook County Jail guard and a Chicago 911 supervisor and five others, for attempting to smuggle contraband into the jail, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

New App Will Allow Ventra Users To Manage Account On Their Smart Phone

Metra riders are used to carrying a ticket and tucking that paper under the metal tab in front of you. But CBS 2’s Ed Curran says a new app will soon let you buy a ticket for Metra on your phone and keep it there.


Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Strike Continues Wednesday

Classes are canceled Wednesday, for a 10th day in Waukegan District 60, even as negotiations resumed in an attempt to reach tentative agreement on a new contract.


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Doctors Should Make House Call In Case Of Ebola: Expert

CHICAGO (CBS) — A University of Chicago expert says if Ebola strikes here, teams of doctors and technicians should be sent to the home, instead of sending the patients to the hospital. UC Center for […]


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Ebola Victim’s Family Brought To Chicago, Speak Out Over His Treatment

The mother and nephew of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan have been brought to Chicago by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who is advising them. And they’re speaking out.


Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Deal To End Waukegan Teachers Strike May Be Near

Talks went so well Friday that the two sides issued a joint statement in which they said “the sides were able to reach tentative agreements on several significant issues.”


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Metra Seeking Annual Fare Hikes Over Next Decade, Including Nearly 11 Percent Next Year

Chicago-area commuters have never seen anything like it. Metra has proposed fare increases averaging 10.8 percent, starting in February, with the guarantee of additional increases every year through 2024.


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Waukegan Teachers Strike To Continue Thursday

A strike by Waukegan teachers will continue for a sixth say as the school district confirms schools will be closed again on Thursday.


City Of Chicago Prepares For Start Of The Stanley Cup Series

New Blackhawks Store Opens On Michigan Avenue

With two days to go until they open their season on the road in Dallas, the Blackhawks now have a store worthy of a two-time Stanley Cup champion at 333 North Michigan.


The Field Museum

Field Museum Holds Its First-Ever Identification Day

It was a “show and tell” day at the Field Museum Saturday. People brought their rocks, plants and bugs to show, so experts could tell them what they had.


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Police: Man Arrested After Crawling Under Metra Train

Police in north suburban Wilmette arrested a man who crawled under a Metra train Friday to try to board it.