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.

Lawyer: Media ‘Sensationalized’ Alleged Facebook Live Attackers

Lawyers representing the four people accused of attacking a teen with mental disabilities said media coverage has led to death threats.


Blagojevich Asks President Obama For Commutation

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking the president to commute his corruption sentence.


Another Crank 9-1-1 Call Sends Lake County Deputies Scrambling

In the latest incident, a caller to Vernon Hills police claimed about 7 p.m. Thursday that he killed his mother with a gun.


Fake Emergency Calls Draw Police, Firefighters To Subdivision

Northwest suburban authorities are angry. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Emanuel: Murder Of Congressman’s Grandson Latest Example Of Teen Gun Violence

Chicago’s mayor says the murder of Javon Wilson should make people think.


RTA Boss Isn’t Worried A Trump Administration Will Harm Rail Here

RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard says President-Elect Donald Trump is a New York developer who knows the value of good transit. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Activists Hold Post-Election Rally Against Islamophobia In Oak Lawn

About 200 people gathered Saturday outside an Oak Lawn church to offer interfaith prayers and speak out against Islamophobia.


Students Host Unity Rally In Naperville

Four-hundred students and west suburbanites took part in a post-election unity rally Friday on the North Central College campus, in Naperville.


Cook County To Vote On Sugary Drink Tax

The most controversial issue at the moment in Cook County politics is not even something on which you can vote Tuesday.


Rail Officials: Train Service Worked, Given Mass Of People At Cubs Event

Jaws dropped as fans and regular Friday commuters arrived at Union Station between 2:30 and 4 p.m., cascading like a sea of blue down the main staircase into the Great Hall with virtually no place to go.


Chicago Police Seek Serial Arson Suspect

The key to the case may be the car witnesses have seen. Police seek a silver Ford Mustang that has passenger side body damage.


Slain Chicago Boy ‘Mattered,’ Speakers At Memorial Service Say

Demetrius Griffin was murdered by a gunshot wound to the head and set on fire in an Austin alley last month. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


Wrongfully Convicted Man Settles Chicago Heights Lawsuit For $15 Million

A federal judge Wednesday approved a $15 million settlement said to be one of the largest in Illinois history for wrongful conviction.


Protesters Picket Brookins Fundraiser, Ask Him To Back Ordinance

Several dozen students, teachers and union members picketed Tuesday at a fundraiser for the chair of the City Council’s Education Committee.


Amid Violent Reputation, Emanuel Touts Chicago As Tourist Destination

Chicago Gourmet, now in its ninth year, showcases the creations of gourmet chefs from Chicago, elsewhere in the United States, Mexico and Japan.


Demonstrators Skeptical Of Chicago Mayor’s Public Safety Plan

About 100 people staged a protest outside of Malcolm X College as Mayor Emanuel laid out his highly anticipated plan to curb gun violence in Chicago.


Illinois State Treasurer Skeptical Of Kemper’s ‘Voluntary’ Payout

Kemper said Monday in a statement that it will “voluntarily” cross-reference its insurance policies with those on the federal government’s Death Master File list.


Family Of Murdered National Guardsman Pass Out Flyers, Hopes For Information

The family of a murdered National Guardsman passed out leaflets on Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, to hopes to receive a lead on the suspect.


CTA Updates Code Of Conduct For Commuters

The CTA has updated its list of things you can’t do aboard an ‘L’ train or bus. The transit agency is responding to years of complaints in some instances.


Duckworth Speaks Out At Clinton Rally

Nearly 200 enthusiastic Hillary Clinton-backers filled a River North union hall for a pep rally and strategy session with some of the state’s top women Democrats.




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