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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Retired L Car Makes Final Stop At Upscale Residential Development

The car will sit in the middle of a shallow pool, gazebo-like, at a Logan Square apartment building called, appropriately enough, “L.”


The clutter is evident outside Wrigley Field Saturday, just days away from the Cubs' home opener. (Bob Roberts/WBBM)

At Wrigley, A Race Against The Clock For Cubs’ Home Opener

Will the Cubs be ready Monday? There’s a lot of clutter outside the Friendly Confines, WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.

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Jeremy Janssen of Mackinaw Fire Department walks through debris along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Suburban Sprawl Like A Bullseye For Tornadoes: NIU Study

Researchers also warn that urban density is no protection, so, Chicago could still be hit. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


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Suburban Greek Orthodox Church To Hold Special Blessing For Motorcycle Riders

Many churches bless animals. But this Sunday, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in southwest suburban Homer Glen will host a blessing for a different type of “hog.”


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Horticulture Experts Advises Gardeners To Hold Off Planting Early-Spring Annuals

The Chicago Botanic Garden is urging gardeners to hold off on planting pansies and other early-spring annuals until at least next week.


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Temperatures May Not Feel Springlike, But It’s Warm Enough To Bring Out Bees, Butterflies

It’s not your imagination. There are a lot of bugs out and about, even though Mother Nature cannot decide if spring is here to stay.


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Preckwinkle Still Supports Concept Of CTA Superstation Under Block 37

You don’t hear much about the ‘L’ station that sits abandoned, underground downtown, that was supposed to provide a terminal for express trains to and from O’Hare. But a prominent politician says she believes the idea still has promise.


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Officials Optimistic About Expanding Amtrak Service In Illinois

Proponents of expanded Amtrak service in Illinois are meeting today in Chicago and despite the state’s budget woes, they’re talking expansion.


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Metra To Test Onboard Security Cameras On Metra Electric District

Security cameras are standard equipment aboard CTA trains and buses. Now, Metra is taking a first step to equip its fleet.


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Vigil Held In Millennium Park For Victims Of Brussels Terror Attacks

About 100 people participated in a brief vigil in Millennium Park for those killed and injured in last week’s attacks in Brussels.


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Small Group Of Activists Celebrate Ouster Of Anita Alvarez Outside Cook County Criminal Court

A small band of activists who worked to defeat the re-election bid of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez celebrated Wednesday on the steps to the Criminal Courts complex, at 2600 S. California Ave.


Voters work on their ballots at their polling place in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

High Number Of Early Voters Reported In Cook County

If you don’t normally vote in the primary but feel an urge to do so Tuesday, you’re not alone. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says records could be set.


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Bernie Sanders Calls On Hillary Clinton To Disavow Support From Rahm Emanuel

There was a time when any viable Democratic candidate for president wants the endorsement of Chicago’s mayor. Not Bernie Sanders.


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Teachers Union Calls On Chicagoans To “Shut It Down” On April 1

The Chicago Teachers Union says it wants to “shut the city down” April 1 as it presses its demands for a balanced state budget and higher taxes on wealthy Illinoisans, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.


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CTA Board OKs Deal For Nearly 850 New Rail Cars

The CTA’s board Wednesday approved the largest single purchase of rapid transit cars in Chicago history, giving the contract to a Chinese rail manufacturer that has promised to build a final assembly plant on the city’s Far South Side.


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CTA Board To Vote On Contract To Buy 850 New ‘L’ Cars

It hasn’t been long since the CTA operated the oldest fleet of rapid transit cars in the country. The CTA’s board Wednesday is expected to take steps that will make it the newest.


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17-Year-Old Girl Injured In Fall At Raceway Woods Forest Preserve Near Carpentersville

Doctors have stabilized a 17-year-old girl who fell 25 feet in Kane County’s Raceway Woods Forest Preserve, near Carpentersvillle.


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Development Commission Approves Emanuel’s Takeover Plan For Old Main Post Office Building

The city of Chicago Community Development Commission has given its stamp of approval to a city takeover of the old Main Post Office.


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Wrigleyville Residents Accuse Cubs Of Chopping Down Trees Without Warning

Neighbors living near Wrigley Field are upset with the Cubs and the team’s apparent decision to cut down the trees lining their street.



Chicago High Schoolers Compete In Financial Literacy Event At Soldier Field

Teens from 44 Chicago-area high schools competed Saturday at Soldier Field, but not in an athletic event. Instead, it was a test of teamwork and financial literacy.




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