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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Made In Chicago: Seman Violins

Music floats through the air at Seman Violins in Skokie, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Chicago Remembers David Bowie

Among those remembering David Bowie today – officials at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art which hosted a three-month exhibition on the rock star.


Al Bar platers in Wilmette have been  creating, repairing and restoring metal hardware for nearly 80 years. 
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Made In Chicago: Al Bar Platers

For nearly 80 years, the metalsmiths at Al Bar platers in Wilmette have been creating and restoring silver and other metal pieces for homes around the country, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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CTA’s Loop Link Bus Service Gets First Weekday Test

The Loop Link along Washington, Madison, Canal and Clinton is aimed at shaving an average of seven-and-a-half minutes of the time of six bus routes.


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Items From Kennedy Family’s Palm Beach Home Going Up For Auction

A Chicago auction house is selling off pieces of Camelot, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


A traditional Mexican Christmas Village in Pullman.

Mexican Christmas Village A Half Century In Making

A family in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side is spending today on a Christmas tradition–the painstaking job of assembling an intricate and elaborate nativity village in their living room.


Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Cyber Monday Has Online Retailers In Overdrive To Fulfill Orders

At the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kenosha, the company’s Tom Cook says they’re processing orders at the rate of 500 items per second.


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Made In Chicago: Book ‘There Once Was A Camel’

They’ve been friends for years. Now, two grandmothers from Skokie are partners on a new children’s book, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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With More Kids Using Digital Tools, Attorney General Lisa Madigan Outlines Safe Practices

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says toys are now safer than ever before so this year, she focused on other dangers at her annual holiday news conference.


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New Speed Camera On Archer Avenue Draws Ire Of Alderman

The alderman of a South Side ward is angry that a new speed camera is up and running today in his neighborhood, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Holocaust Survivor Recounts Ordeal At Auschwitz

Monday marks 77 years since Kristallnacht, the Nazi rampage that many consider the beginning of the Holocaust. At the age of 86, a Holocaust survivor in Chicago has just written a book about his ordeal.


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Hershey Felder Brings One-Man Show On Irving Berlin To Chicago

A popular performer is back in Chicago, with his latest one-man show, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.



Auditions This Weekend For Two Big Musicals

If your dream is to be a Broadway star, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports, you could get your shot this weekend when two major musicals hold auditions in Chicago.


Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In Decades Strikes California

Whooping Cough Case Serves As Wake Up Call For Vaccine

A case of whooping cough has turned up at Palatine High School, and health officials say it should serve as a reminder to parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccinations.


Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

DePaul Filmmaker Develops Documentary On Dixon’s Rita Crundwell

A new documentary film is in the works about one of the biggest municipal thefts in history.


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North Suburban Teacher Awarded Grant For ‘Buddy Bench’

A teacher in north suburban Vernon Hills has won a grant for an idea she calls “a buddy bench,” on the school playground reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Oak Park Residents Near Eisenhower Expressway Expansion To Vote On Sound Barriers

Ballots are going out to some residents of Oak Park whose homes stand in the shadow of the Eisenhower Expressway expansion project reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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David Arquette Starring As Sherlock Holmes In New “Off-The-Wall” Play

“It’s quite a loved character, beloved character; so to be able to play him, the one thing you don’t want to do is let down the true Sherlock Holmes fans. So I think we’re true to the story, true to the character, but it is a humorous take on him,” Arquette said of his role as the iconic sleuth.


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Oprah Winfrey Buys 10 Percent Of Weight Watchers For $43 Million

For decades, Winfrey has publicly shared her struggle with weight control. In 1998, she scored her highest ratings ever with a show that dealt with her dramatic weight loss.


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Made In Chicago: Legoland Discovery Center

The first “Lego Movie” is driving visitors to Chicago’s Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.



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