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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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.


Taxis navigate the city streets on September 8, 2011 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cabbies, Uber Drivers Square Off At City Hall

After a failed 24-hour strike last week, activists from the taxi industry took their fight to City Hall on Wednesday, protesting what they say is preferential treatment for rival ride-sharing companies.


A glass-sided casket containing the wax-covered skeletal remains of St. Maria Goretti on display at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Remains Of Youngest Catholic Saint Visit Chicago Church

The remains of the youngest Catholic saint have been brought to a church in Chicago, as part of a national tour. Over the 24 hours that St. Maria Goretti’s body will be on display, several thousand of the faithful were expected to pass through the doors of St. John Cantius Church.


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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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.



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