Regine Schlesinger

schlessinger250 Regine SchlesingerHi! My name’s Regine Schlesinger and if that rings a bell, it probably means you’ve been listening to WBBM for awhile. I joined Newsradio 780 back in 1973 just after I graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. My first job here was as a writer and producer. Six years later, I began appearing on-air as a reporter and anchor. I’ve been doing that ever since, bringing you the latest news that touches your life.

Over the years, I’ve covered virtually every type of story – from politics to pop trends; from labor strife to lifestyle issues; from health to human interest stories.

I was among the first reporters on the scene of the Loop flood in April, 1992 when the Chicago River literally sprang a leak and inundated the city’s underground freight tunnel system, forcing an evacuation of the entire downtown business area .

Along the way, there have been heart-breaking moments – the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in Chicago, the still-unsolved Tylenol killings and the death of Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, As part of an award-winning team of journalists here at WBBM, I’ve enjoyed a front-row seat to some of the most significant moments in the city’s history and I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as your eyes and ears at the events that affect your lives.

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Butterball Hotline Experts Offer Tips For Cooking Perfect Turkey

It’s crunch time for the experts who staff the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, reports from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

11/24/2014

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy organized a mental health forum in Chicago. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger/WBBM)

Patrick Kennedy Hosting Mental Health Conference In Chicago

The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy was in Chicago Thursday for an all-day conference on the topic of how we treat — or in many cases, fail to treat — mental illness.

11/13/2014

A stack of blue carts for the city of Chicago's curbside recycling program. (Credit: CBS)

Activists To Celebrate America Recycles Day This Weekend

Time to start cleaning out your basement of difficult-to-dispose-of junk.

11/12/2014

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Special Ed Students At Lyons Township H.S. To Operate Coffee Shop

A new coffee shop is brewing up opportunities for special-ed students in the western suburbs, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

11/10/2014

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Mom Helps Organize Blood Drive To Recruit African-American Donors

A Waukegan woman whose son has been battling sickle cell anemia all his life has teamed up with LifeSource to encourage more African-Americans to donate blood.

11/06/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn, Rauner Head Into Home Stretch On Eve Of Election Day

With polls showing a tight race, the two major candidates for governor of Illinois launched a whirlwind day of campaigning on Monday to fire up their voters on the eve of Election Day.

11/03/2014

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Police Caution Parents To Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler said it’s prudent to know whose door your kids are knocking on, and make sure they’re accompanied by an adult. He expects a busy Halloween this Friday.

10/29/2014

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ACLU Official: Quarantines For Returning Medical Workers Raise Constitutional Issues

Illinois, New Jersey and New York have each implemented a mandatory 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from West Africa and the ACLU’s Colleen Connell says those policies raise serious constitutional issues.

10/27/2014

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Teen Chef From Highland Park To Take National Stage

Levi Eirinberg will be on national TV starting next week, as he competes on the upcoming season of the reality show MasterChef Junior.

10/27/2014

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Made In Chicago: Chicago Soap Company

When you walk into Deb Kraemer’s shop and factory at Grand and Racine in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, you’re instantly greeted by a wonderful mix of aromas, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

10/27/2014

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Doctors, Activists Call For Banning Antibiotic Use On Healthy Animals

Several doctors and consumer advocates in Chicago on Thursday warned there’s a much bigger threat to Americans’ health than Ebola: drug-resistant bacteria.

10/23/2014

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Morton Grove Recruiting Dog Walkers To Help Fight Crime

Morton Grove is the latest Chicago suburb to join a national program that trains people to take a bite out of crime while they’re walking their dogs, WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports.

10/22/2014

The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Lakeview Man To Run Chicago Marathon Barefoot

A Chicago man will be running his first marathon this weekend and he’s doing it in an unusual way, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

10/08/2014

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. (Credit: highwoodpumpkinfest.com.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival To Raise Funds For Autism Society Of Illinois

The organizers of the annual Pumpkin Festival in Highwood have a new goal this year, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

10/06/2014

Actress Sarah Goldberg, who went by the stage name Sarah Danielle Madison (Credit: Facebook)

Chicago Actress Sarah Goldberg Dies

Sarah Goldberg often used the stage name Sarah Danielle Madison. She began her artistic career as a child, dancing in Maria Tallchief’s Cinderella at the Auditorium Theater.

10/06/2014

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New Musical Opening In Chicago Tells Story Behind “Amazing Grace”

A new musical opening soon in Chicago before it heads to Broadway, tells the story behind one of the world’s best known songs, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

09/29/2014

Aron, a Plainfield police dog. (Credit: Plainfield Police Department)

Plainfield Mourning Loss Of Police Dog

The Plainfield Police Department is mourning one of its own as a police dog died suddenly at the end of his shift yesterday.

09/22/2014

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Mentally Disabled Glen Ellyn Woman Found Safe

Police in Glen Ellyn are searching for a young woman who’s mentally disabled and wandered away from home yesterday.

09/22/2014

"Smokefall" at Goodman Theatre. (Credit; Goodman Theatre)

Goodman Theatre Turns 90 Years Young

Chicago’s oldest theater company is celebrating its 90th season.

09/18/2014

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Schaumburg Considers Limits On Roadside Memorials

You’ve no doubt seen them – makeshift memorials that pop up on roads where someone’s been killed in a crash.

09/17/2014

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