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.

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.


Squalor Doesn’t Equal Abuse, DCFS Boss Says Of Semaj Crosby Case

George Sheldon, director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, addressed the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.


PAWS Chicago’s Spring Adopt-A-Thon

The no-kill shelter hopes to find new homes for 100 cats and dogs during their special two-day adoption marathon.


RTA Chief Warns: Illinois Could Lose Federal Dollars For Red Line Extension

The state of Illinois lacks an infrastructure plan. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Dog Flung From Third-Floor Apartment Is Recovering

Callie, rescued by a Chicago police officer, isn’t ready for adoption yet, but the pooch’s rehabilitation is going well. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Protesters Demand Trump Release Tax Income Returns

Protesters hoisted signs that read, “Hey, comrade, show us your taxes,” “Prove you’re not Putin’s puppet,” and “Don the Con.”


Family Of Murdered Teen Makes Another Plea For Information

Nearly seven months have passed since a 15-year-old high school freshman was stuffed into a garbage can and set on fire, killing him.


Chicago Police See New Twist On Auto Thefts

Two thieves are rear-ending motorists, distracting the driver while pretending to exchange information and then driving off with their vehicle. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Protesters At O’Hare Blast United Airlines

They demonstrated Tuesday night over the forced removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight.


NEIU To Cancel Classes For 3 Days Because Of State Budget Impasse

Officials at Chicago’s Northeastern Illinois University say the class cancellations will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday and on May 1.


Sparse Turnout For Off-Year Consolidated Elections In Kane County

Kane County is one of two election authorities in Illinois to be completely computerized.


Field Museum To Offer ‘Up Close And Personal’ Glimpse At Dinosaurs

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition” is coming to Chicago’s lakefront. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


TSA Finds 4 Guns In Luggage At Midway Airport In March

Three of the four weapons were 9mm pistols and were loaded. The number of guns found at checkpoints continues to rise nationwide.


Kenilworth No Longer Dry; Village Board OK’s Liquor-License Ordinance

There was a time when most of the North Shore was dry, no liquor sales. Kenilworth has been one of the last bastions — until now.


Hero Kid, 4, Calls 9-1-1 When Her Mother Has Asthma Attack

The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday honored 4-year-old Aria Koval with an honorary commendation.


Trump Supporters Shut Down Music Store; Claim Harassment

A couple shuts down their Chicago music store, and blame people who allegedly harassed and threatened them because they back President Trump.


Oak Park Students

Oak Park Students March For Education Funding

District 97 board members said music, art, and theater programs may go away in the third year of cuts if an April tax referenda is defeated.




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