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.

Semi Loses Rear Trailer, Keeps Driving: Ind. Police

A trucker on the Borman Expressway in Gary, Ind. lost one of his trailers but didn’t realize it for more than seven miles.


More Life Sentences For Members Of Super Gang

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the sentences send the message to the gangs that there are consequences for their actions. 


Uber, Lyft Offer Refunds For Surge Pricing During CTA Shutdown

Some riders reportedly paid as much as $110 for a ride when police shut down three CTA ‘L’ lines during the Tuesday morning rush.


Latest Soda Tax Headache: Feds Say It Violates Food Stamp Rules

At risk is $86.8 million in federal funding for SNAP clients across Illinois – not just Cook County.


Emanuel On Rauner: He’s One To Talk About ‘Mismanagement’

The Chicago mayor says test scores, graduation rates and college attendance are all improving in city schools, regardless of what the governor says.


Displaced Racing Greyhounds Need Homes

If you’re in the market for a dog, you might consider taking in a retiring racing dog. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Made In Chicago: American Hotel Register

The hotel register is an anachronism. American Hotel Register is anything but.


Heroes Who Foiled Burglary Honored

The attempted break-in occurred at about 10:15 a.m. June 15. The three girls – 9- and 11-year-old sisters and the elder girl’s best friend — ran to the bathroom and locked the door when they heard breaking glass.  


Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, took on flood water after heavy storms in July 2017. (Credit: Round Lake Area School District 216)

Repairs To Begin At Flood-Damaged School In Round Lake Park

One day after a visit from Gov. Bruce Rauner, repairs and cleanup begin at the flood-ravaged Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park.


After Flood, Expect Mosquitoes

The floodwaters reached places they had never been, and the Lake County Health Department warns mosquitoes won’t be far behind.


In Flooded Gurnee, A Giant Roadway Cave-In And Lots Of Sandbags

A giant crater opened up Thursday morning on Gages Lake Road near Lonard Drive.


Naperville Police Sponsor Safe Student Seminar

Police in west suburban Naperville hope to ease the transition for new college students.      


Suspect In Springfield Lockdown Scare Released, Could Still Be Charged

Police and prosecutors are still trying to determine whether to charge the woman who sprinkled a white, powdery substance in the state Capitol.


Cook County Sheriff Braces For Layoffs

It’s a possible result of a further delay in collecting Cook County’s controversial new tax on sweetened beverages. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Activists Say Cover-Up Indictment In Laquan McDonald Case Only A First Step

Black Lives Matter organizer Kofi Amedola said the nation will be watching Chicago when Officer Jason Van Dyke is tried for murder.


Developer Paints Over Iconic Murals At Former Pilsen Community Center

A developer’s decision to paint over murals on the outer walls of the former Casa Aztlan community center struck a nerve with many in Pilsen


Traffic Cases Low Priority For Swamped Cook County Prosecutors

Prosecutors will not take new cases against those who lost their licenses for failing to pay tolls, parking tickets or child support.


Chicago Experts Give Comey Testimony Good Grade

WBBM’s Bob Roberts talks with a former federal prosecutor and a former FBI agent.


Person, Dog Found Dead After East Dundee Fire

Firefighters were unable to enter the home at first because of the fire’s sheer intensity.


CTA Celebrating 125 Years Of Rapid Transit In Chicago

The oldest portion of the Green Line opened June 6th, 1892, between Congress Parkway and 39th Street.




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