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.


Illinois Mayors, Firefighters Want Hearing On Bill To Protect First Responders From Lawsuits

The bill has sat dormant in committee since being introduced Feb. 19.


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One Injured In Kenwood Hit-And-Run

(CBS) — One person has been hurt in a hit-and-run accident in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood. Police at the scene worked into the night to try to figure out what happened. Police know that […]



Vinyl Enthusiasts Celebrating Record Store Day In Chicago

Twenty years ago, records and record stores were left for dead – but they’re coming back and today is the international celebration of Record Store Day.


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Zookeeper Injured After Being Bitten By Rhino At Lincoln Park Zoo

A zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo had her finger bitten by a rhinoceros Saturday morning, according to a spokesperson for the zoo.


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Protests Continue Over Planned Closing Of St. Adalbert’s In Pilsen

Preservationists call Saint Adalbert’s an architectural masterpiece. The Chicago Archdiocese calls it rundown and under-used.


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Cook County Board May Consider Registry For Animal Abusers

Known abusers who obtain a pet, or any pet shop, rescue or individual caught selling an abuser a pet would be subject to fines up to $5,000.


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Msgr. Richard O’Donnell, Oldest Priest In Archdiocese Of Chicago, Dies At 105

The oldest priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has died. Monsignor Richard O’Donnell was 105, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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Claypool Denounces Latest School Funding Proposal From Springfield

Chicago Schools CEO Forrest Claypool Tuesday denounced the latest statewide school funding proposal, saying it is a conscious effort to bankrupt the Chicago Public Schools.


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Authorities Investigating Another Incident Of Racial Slurs Heard Over CPD Radio Frequency

Once again, someone has uttered a racial slur on a Chicago Police radio frequency. An investigation is underway.


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Retired L Car Makes Final Stop At Upscale Residential Development

The car will sit in the middle of a shallow pool, gazebo-like, at a Logan Square apartment building called, appropriately enough, “L.”


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At Wrigley, A Race Against The Clock For Cubs’ Home Opener

Will the Cubs be ready Monday? There’s a lot of clutter outside the Friendly Confines, WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.

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Suburban Sprawl Like A Bullseye For Tornadoes: NIU Study

Researchers also warn that urban density is no protection, so, Chicago could still be hit. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Suburban Greek Orthodox Church To Hold Special Blessing For Motorcycle Riders

Many churches bless animals. But this Sunday, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in southwest suburban Homer Glen will host a blessing for a different type of “hog.”


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Horticulture Experts Advises Gardeners To Hold Off Planting Early-Spring Annuals

The Chicago Botanic Garden is urging gardeners to hold off on planting pansies and other early-spring annuals until at least next week.


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Temperatures May Not Feel Springlike, But It’s Warm Enough To Bring Out Bees, Butterflies

It’s not your imagination. There are a lot of bugs out and about, even though Mother Nature cannot decide if spring is here to stay.


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Preckwinkle Still Supports Concept Of CTA Superstation Under Block 37

You don’t hear much about the ‘L’ station that sits abandoned, underground downtown, that was supposed to provide a terminal for express trains to and from O’Hare. But a prominent politician says she believes the idea still has promise.


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Officials Optimistic About Expanding Amtrak Service In Illinois

Proponents of expanded Amtrak service in Illinois are meeting today in Chicago and despite the state’s budget woes, they’re talking expansion.


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Metra To Test Onboard Security Cameras On Metra Electric District

Security cameras are standard equipment aboard CTA trains and buses. Now, Metra is taking a first step to equip its fleet.


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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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