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.

Stopped Freight Train Blocked Hawthorn Woods Traffic For Hours Monday

A federal law governing train crews was on a collision course with irate motorists Monday night, and motorists lost.


Regional Agency Nudges CTA Toward Fare Hike

CTA last raised base fares in 2009.


Daylight Savings Time Can Help With Sleep Patterns

A Northwestern Medicine expert on sleep disorders says there’s a lot more to being rested and alert than that extra hour.


Blagojevich Makes Another Attempt At High Court Review

For the second time in less than two years, attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are asking the nation’s highest court to review the grounds for his corruption conviction.


Gunshot Victim In St. Charles Now Accused Of Staging Home Invasion

Police say Timothy Fay fired a barrage of bullets into the walls, furniture and garage door of his parents’ home.


World War II Veteran’s Lost Dog Tag Returned To Family In Iowa

A World War II veteran’s lost dog tag has been returned to his family in Iowa, with an assist from the Kane County Sheriff’s office, 73 years after he helped liberate France from the Nazis.


Top Cop Has Nearly ‘Bounced Back’ From Kidney Transplant

Eddie Johnson faced reporters Tuesday for the first time since the day before his Aug. 30 surgery. 


Abortion Opponents Say Gov. Rauner Betrayed Them

GOP politicians Thursday called Rauner’s decision political suicide.


Donors Seeking Plane To Send Supplies To Puerto Rico Storm Victims

Community organizer Robert Torres says the frustration level is rising at Puerto Rico House (La Casa Puertorriquena), 1237 N. California Av.



Wrigleyville Ramping Up For Postseason

The Cubs can clinch the National League Central Division with a win Tuesday night against arch-rival St. Louis.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2017

Suspended VFW Drawing To Take Place Next Week

The Morris VFW is apologizing to neighbors for the crowds expected for its $1.59 million “Queen of Hearts” drawing. 


FBI: Posting Threats, Even Empty Ones, Will Get You In Trouble

Jabari Dean is the focus of a public service announcement from the FBI. He once posted an empty threat, saying he was going to kill 16 people.        


Metra Fare-Hike Plan Gets Initial Approval

It would be the fourth increase in four years. Riders are not happy.


North Suburb Offers Skunk ‘Bounty’

Vernon Hills is offering homeowners cash for skunks caught on private property, amid an explosion of the animals.      


Latest Illinois Borrowing Has Upside, Watchdog Says

Interest on the latest loans to pay down bills is better than paying late-penalty fees, the leader of the Civic Federation says.


Glam Rocker Alice Cooper Still Losing His Head After Nearly 50 Years On Stage

Cooper said he has enjoyed his role as one of rock’s original villains. Indignant parents loved to hate his shows in the 1970s.


One U.S. Airport Now Letting Unticketed People Past Security

The experiment is happening at Pittsburgh International Airport. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.


South Side Parade Urges Dads To Take Kids To School On First Day Of Class

Washington Park hosted a big back-to-school fair Saturday, and some of those attending first took place in a symbolic anti-violence march.


Man Drowns Off Illinois State Beach Park

A man drowned midday Wednesday in deceptively calm waters off Illinois Beach State Park, just south of the Wisconsin state line.



FBI Offers $25K Reward To Solve Triple-Killing At Wisconsin Racing Event

Three men from the Aurora area were fatally shot at the Great Lakes Dragway, in Union Grove, Wis. on Aug. 13.




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