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.

Suspect In Springfield Lockdown Scare Released, Could Still Be Charged

Police and prosecutors are still trying to determine whether to charge the woman who sprinkled a white, powdery substance in the state Capitol.


Cook County Sheriff Braces For Layoffs

It’s a possible result of a further delay in collecting Cook County’s controversial new tax on sweetened beverages. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Activists Say Cover-Up Indictment In Laquan McDonald Case Only A First Step

Black Lives Matter organizer Kofi Amedola said the nation will be watching Chicago when Officer Jason Van Dyke is tried for murder.


Developer Paints Over Iconic Murals At Former Pilsen Community Center

A developer’s decision to paint over murals on the outer walls of the former Casa Aztlan community center struck a nerve with many in Pilsen


Traffic Cases Low Priority For Swamped Cook County Prosecutors

Prosecutors will not take new cases against those who lost their licenses for failing to pay tolls, parking tickets or child support.


Chicago Experts Give Comey Testimony Good Grade

WBBM’s Bob Roberts talks with a former federal prosecutor and a former FBI agent.


Person, Dog Found Dead After East Dundee Fire

Firefighters were unable to enter the home at first because of the fire’s sheer intensity.


CTA Celebrating 125 Years Of Rapid Transit In Chicago

The oldest portion of the Green Line opened June 6th, 1892, between Congress Parkway and 39th Street.


City Crews Take Deep Dive Into Clutter With ‘Blitz’ Effort

Crews swoop in to do weed-cutting, lot-cleaning, tree-trimming, street light maintenance and rodent baiting.


Chicago Protesters Blast Trump Pullout Of Paris Accord

Several hundred people marched through the Loop Friday evening to protest President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords.


Chicago 5K Event Raises Money — And Violence Awareness

Former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan ran, saying it was fun with a mission.    


More Surgery For Amtrak Conductor Shot At Naperville Station

The 45-year-old Amtrak conductor who was critically wounded May 16 is undergoing a second round of major surgery.


Supt. Johnson Expects Kidney Transplant In Next Month

Chicago’s top cop disclosed he has lived with kidney disease for 32 years, since he was a police recruit.


Students And Alumni Bid Farewell To Old Sunset Ridge, Tour New School

Alumni and students could bid farewell on a “memorial wall” in the old school’s gym, and tell stories about years past.


UPDATE: Woman Dragged By Car During Fight Has Died

The melee began as a verbal altercation on the 300 block of North Latrobe Avenue in the Austin neighborhood.


Firefighters Warn Of Dangerous Cold In Lake Michigan After 2 Deaths

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the water might look inviting, but it’s still dangerously cold.


Two Teens Wounded In Palatine Shooting

Both were stabilized at the scene and sent to nearby hospitals.


Alleged Killer Of Chicago Cop’s Son Denied Bail

Anthony Moore and other gang members drove by the home of Arshell Dennis III and mistook him for a member of a rival gang, prosecutors say.


Chicago’s Polish Parade Draws Thousands Of Polish-Americans — And A Few Politicians

Among the Illinois politicians showing up for the event: Gov. Bruce Rauner and a Democrat who hopes to unseat him, J.B. Pritzker.


Church Statue Knocked Down, Left Headless; Pastor Asks, ‘Why?’

The destruction occurred at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 4949 W. Patterson Ave., in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.




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