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.

Jim Fannin documented the drastic change in the park pond near  his Burr Ridge home. (Jim Fannin)

Burr Ridge Resident Asks: Where Did My Pond Go?

A man-made lake that has been a part of a park in for more than 15 years all but drained overnight.


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Hales Franciscan Alumni, Parents Raising Funds To Keep School Open

Alumni and parents of students at Hales Franciscan High School hope to raise $1 million dollars in three weeks, which they say would allow Hales to open for the fall semester on Sept. 19.


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Critics See CTA Plan For 31st Street Buses As Failure Before It Begins

“I don’t think the way it’s set up that it’s going to succeed,” said Rene Paquin of the group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL).


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Annual CPD Vs. CFD Charity Baseball Game Rained Out

One casualty of Wednesday night’s storm was the annual CFD Bravest vs. CPD Finest baseball classic at U.S. Cellular Field.


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In Lawsuit, Man Accuses CPD Of Planting Drugs, Beating Him

Four Chicago police officers, a state’s attorney investigator, the city and Cook County were named Thursday in a federal suit by a man who said they framed him and sent him to prison for more than 10 years.


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Trauma Expert: Hospitals Can Only Do So Much For Victims Of High-Powered Weapons

Dr. Faran Bakhari says the wounds can be so catastrophic it doesn’t matter how close his trauma center is.


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Fourth Of July Is ‘Dibs’ Time In Evanston

If it can be moved, it’s holding down spots: blankets, chairs of all sizes, dog crates, ladders, umbrellas, mixing bowls, cribs, tables, bunting, tubs of driveway seal coat, picnic benches and even crime scene tape.


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Indiana Governor Meeting With Trump, Amid Veep Speculation

Mike Pence campaign spokesperson Marc Lotter says the meeting is consistent with other meetings Trump is having with GOP party leaders in the run-up to the Republican Party’s summer convention.


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St. Adalbert’s Supporters Taking Effort To Save Church To The Vatican

At midnight Thursday night, St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen ceases to exist as a parish in the eyes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, but the battle by its supporters to save the 102-year-old building is not over.


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Feces-Throwing Inmate Injures Three Cook County Jailers In Scuffle

Inmate Tacorey Killebrew has been involved in more than 50 altercations with jail staff since his arrest, authorities say.


A suspect appears to be kicked during a struggle with a Chicago police officer in a video making the rounds on social media. (Facebook)

Attorney For Suspect Kicked By Cop Cries Foul Over Re-Arrest Of Client

The officer seen stomping on Shaquille O’Neal’s head in a viral social-media video has been placed on desk duty during an investigation, police have said.



Crowd Gathers Outside Chicago Police Station — To Praise Cops

More than 200 people staged a rally outside the 16th District of the Chicago Police Department. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Teachers To Emanuel, Rauner: ‘Not One More Cent In Cuts’

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on Governor Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to provide more money for the Chicago Public Schools, teachers at a meeting on the South Side said the mayor has done little to help matters.


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Crumbling Schools? Emanuel Says Sullivan High Grads Represent ‘Strong, Promising Future’

Rahm Emanuel was on hand as the racially diverse high school graduated the class of 2016.


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Gingers Mass At ‘Redhead Days’ In North Suburb This Weekend

Redheads are usually easy to pick out in a crowd, but not in north suburban Highwood this weekend. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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More Chicago Homeowners Seeking Free Water Quality Tests

The lead contaminated water scandal in Flint, Michigan has prompted hundreds of Chicagoans to take advantage of a little known city service — free water quality testing.


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Protesters Ask Cupich To Keep St. Adalbert Open

More than 120 parishioners of St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen marched on Holy Name Cathedral Wednesday night, in the hope that Archbishop Blase Cupich would hear their appeal and rescind his orders to close their church.


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Chicago Releases Results Of Home Lead Tests

The lead contaminated water scandal in Flint, Mich., has prompted hundreds of Chicagoans to take advantage of a little known city service — free water quality testing.


Jazz Tupman holds up some hops which are used to brew beer at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Beer Enthusiasts Hopping For Once-A-Year Brew

Fans of Half Acre’s Galactic Double Daisy Cutter call it dank, hoppy and extra delicious. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Documentary Captures Mission Of Cook County Forest Preserve District

(CBS) — The Cook County Forest Preserve District just finished a year-long centennial celebration. A documentary, premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 20, captures its evolving mission. When landscape architects Dwight Perkins and Jens […]




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