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.

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup T-shirt. (Credit: IceJersey.com)

T-Shirt Business Printing Around-The-Clock To Meet Demand For Stanley Cup Champion Shirts

T-shirts celebrating the Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup in six years are selling as fast as store shelves can be stocked.

CBS Chicago–06/16/2015

Director Spike Lee at the Chiraq block party. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Gather Outside St. Sabina For ‘Chiraq’ Block Party

Hundreds of people are at St. Sabina’s Block Party on the 7800 block of South Throop for a good time and the chance to get a photo taken with filmmaker Spike Lee, who’s underwriting the festivities.

06/13/2015

Chicago police officers Jerome Finnegan (left) and Timothy McDermott (right) . (Source: Court photo.)

Family Of Man Forced To Pose With Cops In “Hunting” Photo Say More Cops Should Be Punished

Michael Smith says seeing his then-19-year-old son Michael Spann-Smith paraded as a hunting trophy is an outrage.

06/13/2015

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Cook Co. Commissioner Calls For Gang Members To Be Tried As Terrorists At Summit

Putting a stop to Chicago’s never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed is the goal of a gun violence summit today hosted by UIC’s School of Public Health.

06/13/2015

A group picture at the American Redhead Days Festival in Highwood. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Festival In Highwood Celebrating Redheads

Whether you’re redhead by birth or from a box, there’s a festival celebrating all things and people ginger this weekend in Highwood.

06/06/2015

Chicago Botanical Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden Hosts Food Sustainability Discussion For World Environment Day

“The Food Scorecard, Local and Global” was the theme for World Environment Day at Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe.

06/06/2015

A CTA bus came to a stop on the sidewalk after running a red light at Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, and striking two pedestrians and several cars. One woman died, and eight people were injured in the crash. (Credit: CBS)

CTA: Bus Driver In Fatal Accident On The Job Less Than A Year

The investigation continues into Tuesday’s CTA bus crash on Michigan Avenue downtown.

06/03/2015

Photo Of CTA Purple Line South Blvd. Station. (CTA Photo)

New CTA Purple Line Express Gets A Test Run

For six weeks, CTA will test a mid-evening Purple Line Express train.

06/01/2015

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dennis Hastert

SNAP Speaks Out On Dennis Hastert Case

Priest sex abuse activists are speaking out on the Hastert case, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/30/2015

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Family Of Murdered Father Passes Out Flyers Hoping For Information On Killer

Friends and family members of a murdered Bronzeville man handed out more than 1,200 flyers Saturday in the neighborhood in which he was murdered.

05/30/2015

Common house mosquito (Credit: Illinois Department of Public Health)

West Nile Virus Detected In Illinois

The virus was found in Southern Illinois, but it’s only a matter of time before it shows up in the Chicago area, health officials say.

05/29/2015

ComEd Power Yard

With ComEd Rates Low, CUB Says To Think Carefully Before Going With Alternative Supplier

ComEd rates are about to drop again, and the Citizens Utility Board is warning you to think twice and do your homework before going with an alternative supplier.

05/27/2015

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Off-Duty Evanston Police Officer Saves Person Attempting Suicide

An off-duty Evanston police officer found himself in the right place at the right time to save a life, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/26/2015

A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

Repairs To CTA Yellow Line To Take “Several Weeks”

Travel to and from Skokie by CTA won’t be Swift for a while, after an embankment crumbled, falling away completely from the tracks. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) said Tuesday that it will take “several weeks to complete this (repair) work properly.”

05/20/2015

Wrigley Field's scoreboard.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Wrigley Field Commemorative Bricks Found In Landfill Near Pontiac, Ill.

A number of personalized pavers from Wrigley Field have been found in a landfill near Pontiac, Illinois, according to the Pontiac Daily Leader.

05/19/2015

Cpl. Sara Medina. (Source: Marine Corps Times)

Fundraiser Has Raised More Than $3,000 To Help Family And Friends Pay Travel, Funeral Expenses Of Aurora Marine Who Died In Nepal

A fundraising drive that has raised more than $3,000 toward funeral and travel expenses for the family and friends of a west suburban Marine killed in Nepal continues.

05/19/2015

Ventra App

Rollout Of Ventra App Delayed Until Fall

CTA spokesperson Tammy Chase said the area’s transit agencies are going to bring in between 20 and 30 experienced beta testers from the Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Civic User Testing Group to iron out those problems that exist.

05/15/2015

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Board Delays Vote To Require Permits To Fly Drones In Chicago Parks

Enthusiast Christopher Morrison spotted the agenda item and told the board a response so simplistic could do more harm than good, prompting some to fly drones over residential neighborhoods, through back yards or in other places that could be deemed inappropriate.

05/14/2015

A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Anticipating Rauner’s Cuts, CTA Trims $21M From Budget

Outgoing CTA President Forrest Claypool evaded the question when asked by WBBM Wednesday if the agency is considering fare hikes or service cuts, but CTA chief financial officer Ron DeNard said the agency will be able to erase $21 million in subsidies for reduced fares without resorting to such measures.

05/13/2015

Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said that the street outside 308 E. 136th Pl. collapsed beneath the weight of the rig. (Credit: CBS)

Fire Gets Truck Stuck In Sinkhole On SE Side

A fire truck on its way back from a call on the city’s far southeast side Tuesday night became stuck in a sinkhole.

05/12/2015

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