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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.

Dick's Sporting Goods made 7,000 of these T-shirts to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Jackie Robinson West Receives Over $164,000 From T-Shirt Sales

The Jackie Robinson West Little League got a big check from the sale of T-shirts touting the team’s run in the Little League World Series.

09/03/2014

Pastor Corey Brooks organized a downtown march urging Chicagoans to keep the guns down this holiday weekend. (CBS)

Pastor Asks Gangs To Hold Their Fire Over Labor Day Weekend

Pastor Corey Brooks and promoters Asa Powell and Victor Woods said they talked with gang leaders for three weeks to try to assure a violence-free Labor Day.

08/29/2014

Same Sex Marriage

Pence Hopeful Court Will Uphold Indiana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he remains hopeful that the Hoosier State’s ban on same-sex marriages will remain intact, despite blistering questions by the three-judge panel from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

08/28/2014

The home where Michael Jackson grew up in Gary. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Gary Renovating Homes On Block Michael Jackson Grew Up On Ahead Of Three-Day Festival

The sounds of saws and hammers have filled the air this week along the street in Gary where pop idol Michael Jackson grew up in advance of a three-day festival marking his birthday.

08/27/2014

Daniel Murry (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Cook County Jail Officer Charged With Selling Alcohol To Inmates

A Cook County Jail guard is free on bond after being charged with trying to sneak alcohol to inmates.

08/26/2014

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and police with one of the released hostages. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Dart: Suspects Traded Hostage For Cigarettes In Harvey Standoff

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his chief negotiator told him that in 150 such cases, he had never seen one like it.

08/20/2014

A car crashed into a brick wall at a Northfield Mariano's. (Credit: CBS Chopper 2)

Several Injured After Car Crashes Into North Suburban Mariano’s

A north suburban Mariano’s is closed after a car crashed into the grocery store Wednesday afternoon.

08/20/2014

Ambulance

Babysitter Injured After Tree Branch Falls, Pins Her At North Side Park

A tree branch fell on a babysitter who was watching three children at a park in the north side Rogers Park neighborhood.

08/20/2014

Officer Thomas Wortham

Outdoor Sleepover On South Side Honors Slain Officer

In March 2010, Thomas Wortham IV had recently returned from combat duty in Iraq when he was fatally shot in the driveway of his parents’ home by thieves who sought to steal his new motorcycle.

08/15/2014

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

CTA: Effort To Speed Up Buses Delayed By Slow RTA Funding

The CTA hopes to attract more riders by speeding up its buses, and giving buses green light priority over other vehicles is a key part of that strategy, but it says it is encountering problems obtaining federal grant money that’s been in the hands of the Regional Transportation Authority since 2012.

08/14/2014

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Lucas Museum On The Lake? Tailgaters Would Prefer Grilling Space

Bears fans say it would be a sacrilege to put a museum between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, where they currently set up their grills.

08/08/2014

John O'Connor, who served in Vietnam with the Army from 1967 to 1968, reads names inscribed on the Moving Wall display, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, following the opening ceremony for Welcome Home 2011 at Navy Pier on June 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Welcome Home 2011 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade where 200,000 veterans and their families marched in a parade in front of 300,000 spectators. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Vietnam ‘Moving Wall’ Stops In Berwyn Through Monday

Thursday evening, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts was among those who welcomed the traveling display to the park, at 30th Street and Wisconsin Avenue in the western suburb.

08/07/2014

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas coaches Marc Katz on how to hit during the Planters Power Hitter Event at the Skokie Playfields on August 6, 2014 in Winnetka, Illinois.  (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Planters)

Frank Thomas Coaches Rec League Softball Team

Last week, former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was in Cooperstown, N.Y., to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last night, he coached first base for a 12-inch recreational league softball game in Winnetka.

08/07/2014

(Credit: Peoples Gas)

Energy Group Pledges To Freeze Gas Bills If Allowed To Take Over Integrys

Wisconsin Energy is promising not to raise gas bills for two years if it’s allowed to take over the parent of Peoples and North Shore Gas, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

08/06/2014

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Durbin Pleased By Reports Of Walgreens Staying In The U.S.

Senator Dick Durbin says he is pleased by Walgreens apparent decision to leave its corporate headquarters in Deerfield.

08/05/2014

The 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum in Forest Park, Illinois. (Credit: 16inchsoftballhof.com)

Forest Park Welcomes New 16-Inch Softball Hall Of Fame

The 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public Saturday in Forest Park, in a converted gas station that sits 100 yard from the fields used for the game’s summer classic, the No-Glove Nationals.

07/19/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

New State Law Aims To Help Ex-Offenders Land Jobs

Legislation has been signed into law that’s designed to give ex-offenders in Illinois a better chance at finding work, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

07/19/2014

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (Photo credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Conflict Will Complicate Crash Investigation In Ukraine: DePaul Authority

DePaul University expert John Mulligan said it may not be so clear-cut with pro-Russian separatists seeking to take control of the area and possibly involved in the plane’s crash.

07/17/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Delays Plans For Expanded Service

Pace has decided to “go slow” with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.

07/09/2014

Pace Bus

Pace Expected To Expand Service Of Buses Riding On Shoulders Of I-55

More buses could be riding the shoulders of I-55 next month.

07/08/2014

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