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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.

Fourth Of July Parade-Watching Gets Cutthroat In Evanston

It’s dibs, suburban style — and just as serious as dibs in certain Chicago neighborhoods after a big snowstorm.

07/03/2014

The city has opened a new mile-long stretch of protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue, one of the most heavily traveled bike corridors in Chicago. (Credit: CBS/File Photo)

Jefferson Park Residents Weigh In On Possible Changes For Milwaukee Avenue

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s goal is to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents, a priority on a two-mile stretch that saw 910 reported vehicle crashes between 2008 and 2012, in which one person died and 129 were hurt.

07/03/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Final Transition To Ventra Goes Smoothly For CTA, Pace

The CTA and Pace say they’re not aware of any problems with the final changeover to Ventra cards. WBBM’s Bob Roberts spoke with both agencies.

07/01/2014

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA To Stop Accepting Old Farecards Tuesday

The end is at hand for the last of CTA’s old farecards.

06/28/2014

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Immigration Rights Advocates Rally Outside Rep. Dan Lipinski’s Office

About 30 immigration rights advocates rallied Saturday in front of Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Southwest Side office.

06/28/2014

A hot air balloon made an emergency landing in Huntley, after winds blew it off course, and the pilot wanted to avoid power lines near Interstate 90. (Credit: Huntley Police Department)

No Charges For Balloonists After Two Incidents In Huntley

Police have decided not to press charges against either of two balloonists who landed their craft in in northwest suburban Huntley over the past week.

06/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Republican Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify On Anti-Violence Program

Two outspoken Republican lawmakers say Governor Quinn is doing all he can to hide from upcoming legislative hearings on his failed neighborhood recovery initiative anti-violence program, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/25/2014

Kirk Dillard (Credit: Steve Miller)

Kirk Dillard Elected RTA Chairman

The Regional Transportation Authority is shifting gears – from a developer as its board chairman to a politician and attorney who actually rides mass transit regularly.

06/25/2014

Jewel Store

Jewel Opens Stores At Closed Dominick’s Locations

Jewel-Osco is opening five more stores at former Dominick’s locations. WBBM’s Bob Roberts checked out the story in Rogers Park.

06/24/2014

U.S. Army Private Aaron Toppen.

Body Of Mokena Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Returns To Home

It’s a sad homecoming for an Illinois soldier who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The body of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen arrived in his hometown of Mokena.

06/21/2014

Demonstrators held a march and vigil Thursday in protest of a strip club planned for Stone Park. (CBS)

Nuns File Suit, Hold Vigil To Close Neighboring Strip Club

The nuns, several local residents and the village of Melrose Park filed suit Friday seeking to shut Club Allure, which is on the Stone Park-Melrose Park border.

06/20/2014

Protestors march against a strip club in Stone Park. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Sisters Vs. Strippers: Nuns To Sue Over Strip Club Next Door To Convent

Their lawyer, Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society, said state law is clear that adult clubs cannot operate within 1,000 feet of a school or house of worship. The nuns have both, and the club is just over their back fence.

06/18/2014

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Hinsdale Sends Tuition Bills To Students Living Outside The District

The parents of 17 students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools have been sent some big tuition bills.

06/17/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Steps Up Enforcement Against Graffiti

The CTA’s stepped-up war on graffiti continues, and officials believe it is yielding results.

06/14/2014

A giant American flag inside the atrium at Macy's on State Street. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Celebrates Flag Day By Singing National Anthem On State Street

People across the country stopped at 3 p.m. Chicago time to mark Flag Day by singing the national anthem.

06/14/2014

One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches

Sioux City To Commemorate 25th Anniversary Of United 232 Crash

In a month, the people of Sioux City, Ia., will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crash of a crippled, Chicago-bound United Airlines DC-10 that was forced to make an emergency landing at Sioux Gateway Airport.

06/14/2014

O.J. Simpson (C) sits with his attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr (R) and Robert Blasier (L) during a court hearing in Simpson's double murder trial. (Photo credit: POO/AFP/Getty Images)

20 Years Later: Law Professor Looks Back At O.J. Murder Trial

Twenty years ago Thursday, actor and former football star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her townhouse in Los Angeles. What ensued was thought by many to be the trial of the century or, at the very least, the decade.

06/12/2014

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Police Warning Hyde Park Residents After Armed Robberies Near MSI

Police are warning about a series of armed robberies occurring across the street, and down the block, from the front entrance to the Museum of Science and Industry.

06/11/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

New CTA Rail Cars Not Expected Until 2019 At The Earliest

Until the 5000 series began delivery, CTA had the oldest rapid transit fleet in the nation. It hopes to reduce the average age to less than 10 years by 2022.

06/11/2014

Railroad Crossing

Historic Union Pacific Train Helping Warn Of Rail Dangers

A distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.

06/11/2014

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