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.

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RTA Chief Warns Of Higher Fares, Reduced Service Under Rauner Budget

The region’s top transit official warned Thursday that CTA, Metra, and Pace fare hikes and service cuts would be “difficult to avoid” if the legislature enacts budget cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget.

03/19/2015

Felicidad Lage surrounded by great granddaughter Natalia Guerra, grandson Gustavo Guerra and daughter Alba Guerra at the Chicago Board of Elections. (Credit: Jim Allen.)

On 102nd Birthday, Chicago Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen, Registers To Vote

This Wednesday was a big birthday for a 102-year-old woman from the Northwest Side Belmont Gardens neighborhood.

03/18/2015

Gavel

Man In Prison For Bolingbrook Armed Robbery Charged With Similar Crime In Woodridge

An 18-year-old man already recently sent to prison on robbery and armed robbery charges in Bolingbrook has been charged with a virtually identical carjacking incident in Woodridge.

03/17/2015

Artistic rendering of a new $75 million CTA station at Washington Street and Wabash Avenue, which would replace two existing stops on Wabash at Randolph and Madison streets. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

CTA Closes Madison/Wabash Loop Stop; South Shore Line Adding New Express Trains

The CTA permanently closed its Madison/Wabash ‘L’ stop overnight. The station, built in 1896, was one of the oldest on the CTA elevated system. Demolition of the 118-year-old ‘L’ stop is the first step toward replacing it with a state-of-the-art station on Wabash between Madison and Washington.

03/16/2015

The Madison/Wabash Loop 'L' stop. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Sunday The Final Day For Madison/Wabash ‘L’ Station

Time is running out for the Madison/Wabash Loop ‘L’ stop.

03/15/2015

High waves damaged the Lakefront Trail near Division Avenue. on Oct. 31, 2014. (Source: Reddit)

Park District Assessing Winter Damage To Lakefront Path

A week has passed since Chicago was thrust from subzero temperatures into spring, but the Chicago Park District said Thursday that it needs another week of warm weather to complete an assessment of the damage wrought over the winter to its lakefront running and bicycling path.

03/13/2015

The rebuilt shrine to Derrick Rose. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Derrick Rose Shrine Rebuilt Underneath Metra Underpass

The shrine toRose beneath a Bucktown Metra underpass has been spruced up and reassembled after someone trashed it.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2015

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

CTA: Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Deeper Than We Thought

The draconian cut in state aid to the CTA proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget might be even bigger than first thought.

03/11/2015

Salt spills onto cars at a dealership next to Morton Salt Building. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media)

Repairs At Morton Salt Building Expected Soon

Repairs will soon be made to the Morton Salt warehouse just off the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street, that spilled salt all over a handful of cars New Year’s Day when portions of a wall collapsed.

03/10/2015

Design rendering for the planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station, looking west on Wilson Ave from Broadway showing the new ‘L’ structure, modern main entrance on the left, and platforms overhead. (Credit: CTA)

Delays Ahead For Red, Purple Lines As CTA Wilson Project Enters Next Phase

Nearly two years of delays begin Monday morning for rush hour riders on the CTA’s Red Line and Purple Express trains.

03/09/2015

Historic Irving House Moved To New Lot In Evanston

Now that a historic, 1928-vintage Prairie-style home, designed by an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, has been moved to its new home, it’s time to piece the jigsaw puzzle back together atop a new foundation.

03/06/2015

Crews move the historic Irving House, designed by John Van Bergen, from its old lot in Wilmette on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: Lisa Dichiera/Landmarks Illinois)

Vintage Evanston House To Be Relocated To New Spot

A house designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright associate that at several points was days away from being torn down will be moved from a supermarket parking lot to its new home in northwest Evanston Thursday.

03/04/2015

(Top Left: Jawon Sellers, Top Right: Kenneth Greene, Botton Left: Tommie Adams, Bottom Right: Hershel Phillips. Credit: Chicago Police)

Four Members Of Alleged Burglary Crew Charged

Chicago Police have arrested four men and seek at least four others in connection with a bold smash-and-grab ring that drove stolen vehicles through store doors and windows.

03/03/2015

The Chicago Police Department's Homan Square facility.  (Credit: CBS)

Protestors Demand Chicago Police Close Homan Square Facility

Accusations by a British newspaper of brutality at a West Side Chicago police facility prompted about 75 to protest and demand its closure, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

02/28/2015

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. (Credit: CBS)

Chuy Garcia Calls For Higher Pay For Health Care Workers, More Police Officers

In the race for Chicago mayor, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spoke Saturday in favor of higher pay for home health care workers and committed himself to work toward a $15 an hour floor salary.

02/28/2015

Railroad Crossing

Woman, 19, Killed After Crashing Into Metra Train

Police are blaming the road conditions for an accident Wednesday evening that killed a 19-year-old Woodstock woman who drove into a Metra train.

02/27/2015

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Trucker On Trial For Fatal Tollway Crash Won’t Take Stand

The trucker standing trial for the fiery I-88 accident 13 months ago that left a Tollway worker dead and a state trooper critically injured will not take the witness stand.

02/25/2015

13 cars in the Kensington School parking lot were damaged. (Credit CBS)

Parents Want Charges Upgraded Against Man Accused Of Smashing Car Windows In LaGrange School Parking Lot

Residents of the LaGrange Highlands area of unincorporated southwest Cook County will get a dedicated sheriff’s police squad car while prosecutors try to determine if felony charges can be brought against a man who smashed the windows in 13 cars with a black metal pipe.

02/17/2015

The Toyota Sienna features a bubble machine on its roof (Credit: Bob Roberts)

SpongeBob Minivan Turning Heads At Chicago Auto Show

There are cars that are new, different and one-of-a-kind at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. And then there is one that is just plain weird, and the kids love it.

02/15/2015

Flowers sit outside the apartments of University of North Carolina dentistry student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, after their alledged murders at the Finley Forest condominium complex on February 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the alledged shooting of death of three Muslim Americans near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Muslims Gather Here To Remember Chapel Hill, N.C. Shooting Victims

The Council of American-Islamic Relations called for a federal hate-crime investigation.

02/13/2015

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