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.

Damage left behind by a deadly tornado that hit Fairdale, Illinois on April 9, 2015. (Credit: Ed Curran/CBS)

Without Government Aid, Recovery From April Tornado Slow In Fairdale

The EF-4 tornado that hit Fairdale on April 9 has been described as the area’s greatest natural disaster in generations.

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A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Bensenville Residents Sue City, Claim O’Hare Noise Makes Homes Unlivable

A group of Bensenville residents has sued the city of Chicago, seeking to force the city to buy their homes, because of a spike in jet noise from nearby O’Hare International Airport.


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If Skies Are Clear, Lunar Eclipse Visible On Sunday Night

If the skies are clear this coming Sunday night, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports you’ll be able to watch a total lunar eclipse over the Chicago area.



Study: 29 Percent Of Illinois Residents Are Obese

A new state-by-state study has found Illinois just about in the middle of the pack when it comes to the percentage of the population that’s obese.


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North Suburban School District Considers Single ‘Mega Campus’

On the North Shore, opponents are gearing up for a fight against what they call a “big box” school campus.


A view of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mass shooting at the church on the evening of June 17, 2015.  (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Thornton Township To Push For Nobel Peace Prize For Charleston, S.C., Church

Representatives from Thornton Township said they believe the reaction of the city of Charleston and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a hate-fueled mass murder in June qualifies them for the Nobel Peace Prize.



Joffrey Ballet Holding Auditions For Its “Nutcracker” Production

It’s only Labor Day but, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet is preparing for an annual Christmas tradition reports WBBM’s Regine Schlseinger.


John Arnsdorff  says vinyl is the best way to listen, if you're a true music lover. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Made In Chicago: Audio Archaeology

In this digital age, John Arnsdorff is helping music lovers listen the old-fashioned way, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


A general view of Huskie Stadium at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NIU Offering Free Tuition As Incentive For Attending Football Games

At the end of the season, any student who has attended all six home games, and stayed to the end, will have a chance to win free tuition for the spring semester. One qualifying student will be chosen at random.


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Lake County Health Officials Sending Out Questionnaires To Evaluate Health Of Residents

Lake County health officials are reaching out to thousands of households in the northern suburbs in order to piece together a profile of the community’s health, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Health Officials Establish Mumps Vaccination Clinic At U Of I

The first week of school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included a crash course in vaccinations, as health officials struggle to contain a growing mumps outbreak.


The Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Stars Of “Gotta Dance!” “The Lion King” And More Preview Upcoming Chicago Musical Season

Broadway in Chicago hosts its annual free concert in Millennium Park on Monday night, and one of the musicals that will be showcased has never been seen anywhere before.


Dyett High School. (Credit: CBS)

Dyett High School Parents Plan Hunger Strike

Parents and community leaders on the South Side have taken a drastic step as they promote their vision for the future of a Washington Park neighborhood school that closed at the end of last school year.


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Lincoln-Way School District Expected To Shutter One Of Four High Schools

A southwest suburban school district likely will close one of its four schools at the end of the upcoming school year, after falling far short of enrollment expectations.


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Sue The T-Rex Celebrating 25th “Unearth Day” At Field Museum

Twenty-five years is just a drop in the bucket for a 65-million-year-old fossil, but it’s still a big milestone for the Field Museum, which is celebrating what it calls “unearth day” for Sue the T-Rex.


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Adler Planetarium Hosting Perseids Watch Party In Wheaton

The Adler Planetarium is offering front row seats to watch the Perseid meteor shower Wednesday night.


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Outage At BP Refinery Sends Local Gas Prices Soaring

Though gas prices have been plummeting nationally, drivers in the Chicago area suddenly have seen a major bump at the pump.


Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

Gas Prices Continue To Drop, Could Keep Falling

Gas prices normally spike during the summer driving season, but this year they have been plummeting.


President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy ride with secret service agents in an open car motorcade shortly before the president was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

Play Opening In Chicago Makes The Case That The Mob Was Behind Kennedy Assassination

Retired FBI agent Zack Shelton collaborated with investigative reporter and playwright Hillel Levin on “Assassination Theater,” a new play that makes the case that the late Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo and some of his fellow mobsters were behind the killing of the president.


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Parents Of Special Needs Kids To Soon Get Access To Tax-Free Savings Accounts

Parents of special-needs children in Illinois will soon get some relief from the financial burden of the care their kids require.