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.

The 2014 Daley Plaza Christmas Tree during the official tree lighting ceremony. (Credit: CBS)

Christmas Tree Lights Up Daley Plaza

Hundreds of people packed Daley Plaza for the 101st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday.

11/25/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Corey Brooks To Distribute 3,500 Turkeys Sunday

Woodlawn’s “rooftop pastor” is distributing 3,500 turkeys and the trimmings Sunday to needy Chicagoans, one month after thieves broke into his church and stole $8,000 from the collection box.

11/22/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

Local Politicians Rally In Support Of Obama’s Immigration Policy

In what may be the defining moment of his second term, President Obama signed an executive order allowing millions of illegal immigrants to temporarily stay in the United States.

11/22/2014

File Photo Of Police Tape (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Woman Killed, Two People Wounded In West Englewood Shooting

One woman was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting on the South Side Wednesday.

11/19/2014

Ambulance

Four Critically Injured After Exposure To Dangerous Levels Of CO

At least four people are in critical condition after being exposed to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in a residence in the Roseland neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

11/19/2014

Synthetic Marijuana

NU Prohibits Pot Use For Students On Colorado Ski Trip

Northwestern University’s annual Colorado ski trip has sold out for the first time. But as WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports live, those who hope to use it as an excuse to “get high” legally are getting a warning.

11/19/2014

Parking Ticket

Cook County Agrees To Pay Chicago For Traffic Tickets

The Cook County Board agreed Wednesday to pay up and settle hundred of traffic tickets, some of which are 25 years old.

11/19/2014

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Cupich Invites Catholics To Escape Their Comfort Zone

Archbishop Cupich made those in the congregation laugh hard several times, in which he said, “Seriously folks. I don’t do walking on water. I can barely swim.” But he had a serious message for Chicago-area Catholics: get out of your comfort zone, and be daring and bold when doing God’s work.

11/19/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cupich Knocking On The Door As Next Cardinal In Chicago

Blase Cupich becomes only the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. He said his predecessors have been “wonderful people for many generations.”

11/17/2014

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is running for mayor. (Credit: Facebook/Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for Mayor of Chicago)

Mayoral Candidate Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Criticizes Emanuel On Crime, Schools

While Mayor Emanuel “looked mayoral” and hosted a news conference on winter preparedness Saturday, one of his challengers was talking about crime, spending priorities and education in the South Shore neighborhood.

11/15/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow pushes the slush off the road. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emanuel: City Prepared For Winter

The snow in the forecast is minimal, but Mayor Emanuel wants Chicagoans to know that the city is prepared for winter.

11/15/2014

Everett D. Harris. (Credit: Norridge Police)

Man Charged In Norridge Mall Shooting

Prosecutors are pressing a laundry list of charges against a West Humboldt Park man in the Thursday shootings in the parking lot of the Harlem-Irving Plaza shopping mall, in Norridge.

11/15/2014

Texting (CBS)

Fifth Teen Surrenders To Police In Gurnee Sexting, Cyber-Bullying Case

A fifth teen surrendered to police Tuesday in connection with the recent sexting and cyber-bullying incident at Warren Township High School, in Gurnee.

11/11/2014

Tainted treats left in a yard in Schaumburg sickened a dog Monday. Police say the incident appears to be isolated. / Photo from Arlington Heights Animal Hospital Facebook page.

Schaumburg Police Investigating Tainted Dog Treats Left In Yard

Schaumburg police are investigating a complaint that a dog became sick after eating tainted treats found in the owner’s backyard.

11/11/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with the Jackie Robinson West All Stars in the Oval Office of the White House, November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The team won the national championship but lost the World Title to South Korea. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Little League Champs Visit The White House

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team has made the obligatory champions’ visit to the White House.

11/06/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Fare Hike Plan Draws Little Outrage At Public Hearing

Those who expected long lines of angry riders to pound on podiums and demand that the 10.8 percent fare increase and yearly fare hikes for 10 years be dropped were wrong. It didn’t happen, at least during the hearing at Mundelein village hall, one of four that occurred Wednesday.

11/06/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Holds Hearing In Mundelein On Fare Hikes

Metra riders appear to be shrugging off the unprecedented series of fare hikes the commuter rail agency unveiled last month.

11/05/2014

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (left) waits in line to vote at his polling place, and Republican challenger Bob Dold (right) greets voters at a Metra station in Lake Forest on Election Day. (Credit: Bob Roberts/WBBM)

In Tossup Race, 10th District Candidates Stumping Up To The End

One of the most hotly-contested Congressional races in the country has been in the 10th District of Illinois, which encompasses most of Lake County, and part of northern Cook County.

11/04/2014

Architect Paul Janicki says no expense has been spared outfitting five suites at Stone Porch by the Lake, a bed-and-breakfast in Evanston. (Credit: Bob Roberts/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Stone Porch By The Lake

Evanston’s Stone Porch by the Lake is a luxury bed-and-breakfast experience that’s been Made in Chicago. It’s the North Shore’s only lakefront bed and breakfast south of Lake Forest.

11/03/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Retires Last Of 2400-Series Train Cars Built In 1970s

The CTA is marking another milestone in the modernization of its rapid transit fleet.

11/03/2014

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