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.

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Vigil Held In Millennium Park For Victims Of Brussels Terror Attacks

About 100 people participated in a brief vigil in Millennium Park for those killed and injured in last week’s attacks in Brussels.


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Small Group Of Activists Celebrate Ouster Of Anita Alvarez Outside Cook County Criminal Court

A small band of activists who worked to defeat the re-election bid of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez celebrated Wednesday on the steps to the Criminal Courts complex, at 2600 S. California Ave.


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High Number Of Early Voters Reported In Cook County

If you don’t normally vote in the primary but feel an urge to do so Tuesday, you’re not alone. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says records could be set.


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Bernie Sanders Calls On Hillary Clinton To Disavow Support From Rahm Emanuel

There was a time when any viable Democratic candidate for president wants the endorsement of Chicago’s mayor. Not Bernie Sanders.


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Teachers Union Calls On Chicagoans To “Shut It Down” On April 1

The Chicago Teachers Union says it wants to “shut the city down” April 1 as it presses its demands for a balanced state budget and higher taxes on wealthy Illinoisans, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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CTA Board OKs Deal For Nearly 850 New Rail Cars

The CTA’s board Wednesday approved the largest single purchase of rapid transit cars in Chicago history, giving the contract to a Chinese rail manufacturer that has promised to build a final assembly plant on the city’s Far South Side.


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CTA Board To Vote On Contract To Buy 850 New ‘L’ Cars

It hasn’t been long since the CTA operated the oldest fleet of rapid transit cars in the country. The CTA’s board Wednesday is expected to take steps that will make it the newest.


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17-Year-Old Girl Injured In Fall At Raceway Woods Forest Preserve Near Carpentersville

Doctors have stabilized a 17-year-old girl who fell 25 feet in Kane County’s Raceway Woods Forest Preserve, near Carpentersvillle.


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Development Commission Approves Emanuel’s Takeover Plan For Old Main Post Office Building

The city of Chicago Community Development Commission has given its stamp of approval to a city takeover of the old Main Post Office.


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Wrigleyville Residents Accuse Cubs Of Chopping Down Trees Without Warning

Neighbors living near Wrigley Field are upset with the Cubs and the team’s apparent decision to cut down the trees lining their street.



Chicago High Schoolers Compete In Financial Literacy Event At Soldier Field

Teens from 44 Chicago-area high schools competed Saturday at Soldier Field, but not in an athletic event. Instead, it was a test of teamwork and financial literacy.


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Prosecutors Depict Convicted Killer As Violent Serial Woman Abuser

Prosecutors at the sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Reginald Potts put more witnesses on the stand Thursday, depicting Potts as a violent con man who abused and took advantage of women and business partners on a routine basis.


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Murder Victim’s Brother Testifies During Reginald Potts Sentencing

The younger brother of murder victim Nailah Franklin took the witness stand Wednesday in the third day of the sentencing hearing for convicted killer Reginald Potts.


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Forrest Claypool: State’s Charter School Decision ‘Shameful’

Chicago’s Schools CEO said Tuesday night’s decision by the Illinois State Charter School Commission to overturn the board’s decision to close three poorly-performing charter schools will relegate students at the schools to second-class status.


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Hundreds Of Cubs Fans Toast To Harry Caray’s 102nd Birthday

Hundreds of baseball fans packed Harry Caray’s River North steakhouse to offer a 102nd birthday toast to the late Hall of Fame broadcaster.


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Students, Lawmakers Demand Rauner Release MAP Scholarship Funds During Rally At Chicago State

Students, educators, and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus hosted a rally at Chicago State University demanding that Governor Bruce Rauner release funding to the state university system and grants for students, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Search Continues In Lake Michigan For Body Of Aurora High School Student

The search continues for a third day in the apparent drowning of an East Aurora High School student, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Dunkin-Stratton Debate Turns Out To Be All About Madigan

When state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) met Thursday night for a 90-minute debate with 5th District Democratic primary challenger Juliana Stratton, virtually every topic circled back eventually to Dunkin’s estrangement from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.


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Ford Showing Off $400,000 GT At Chicago Auto Show

This is the final weekend of this year’s Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place, and possibly your only chance to see the new $400,000 Ford, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Polar Plunge For Special Olympics A Little Warmer This Year, But Oh That Wind

A year ago, a backhoe had to work for hours to cut through an 18-inch ice sheet to provide a place for participants to plunge. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.




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