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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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Naperville Mom Wants Airline Safeguards Against Peanut Allergies

A Naperville woman whose daughter has life-threatening nut allergies is off the ground on her mission to reform airline food policies.


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Chicago Gets Federal Grant To Boost Immunization Against HPV

Thanks to a federal grant, the city of Chicago hopes to boost the number of girls – and boys – immunized against a potentially dangerous virus.



Better Business Bureau Releases List Of Top Ten Scams Of 2013

Chicago’s Better Business Bureau has made a list of the top ten scams of last year.


A handicapped parking placard. (CBS)

Grace Period On Disabled Parking Changes Ends Thursday

If you’ve got a blue disabled parking placard, get ready to shell out for parking at meters in Illinois.


The Bannockburn Dominick's will be staying open until Jan. 25. (Credit: CBS)

Closing Of Dominick’s Stores A Big Loss For Food Banks

Dominick’s had been a major benefactor to local food banks, and will no longer be providing donations to an annual effort to fight hunger.



Park District To Showcase Local Independent Films For ‘Movies in the Parks’

The Chicago Park District is putting out the call to filmmakers to submit their work. A panel then will choose between 6 and 10 of the films to be shown.


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Car Owners Can Get Compensation From Chicago For Pothole Damage

If a Chicago pothole damages your car, you can apply for compensation from the city.


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Suburban Police Chief’s Plan To Tweet Names Of People Arrested For DUI On Hold

A west suburban police chief’s plan to start tweeting the names of those arrested for DUI is on hold for the moment. An update from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Salvation Army Tutoring Program Helps Kids Reach College

Besides feeding children’s mouths, the Salvation Army also feeds their minds.


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Tinley Park Mayor Doesn’t Want ’16 And Pregnant’ To Film There

Most communities are thrilled to host a TV or movie shoot, but the mayor of Tinley Park says he wants nothing to do with a controversial program that wants to film in his village.


File Photo Of Outdoor Christmas Decorations. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Grinch Steals Frankfort Man’s Shedful Of Christmas Decorations

The collection of lights and figures was estimated to be worth $15,000, police say.


Mike and Kay Giglio. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Made In Chicago: Kay’s Candies

Kay Giglio began making candy over 50 years ago.


A carousel from Kiddieland Amusement Park. (Credit: Donley Auction Services.)

Carousel From Kiddieland Goes Up For Auction

If you have cherished memories from the now-shuttered Kiddieland in Melrose Park, now’s your chance to own a piece of it, if your pockets are deep enough.


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Program Targeting Child Obesity Expands In Chicago Area

A program is expanding in the Chicago-area, in hopes of keeping kids from expanding. WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger explains.


Made In Chicago: Best Alzheimer’s Products

Unlike most business owners, Holly and John Schmid wish their market weren’t growing as fast as it is.


Keo, the Lincoln Park Zoo's 55-year-old chimp, was euthanized Monday. / photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.

Oldest Living Chimpanzee At Lincoln Park Zoo Euthanized

It’s a sad day at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The story from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Illinois National Guardsman Dies During Fitness Test

The Illinois National Guard remains in shock over the sudden death of a seemingly healthy officer during a fitness exam last Friday. The latest on the story from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Ruins at the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant are seen on September 4, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packard Plant was a 3.5 million square foot car manufacturing plant built completed in 1911. Major operations ceased in 1958, though the plant was used in a limited capacity until the 1990s, with outer buildings used through the mid 2000s. Since then the buildings have fallen into disrepair - they are now used mostly for graffitti artists and scavengers. Detroit has an astonishing 78,000 abandoned buildings across its 142 square miles. Last month the city declared bankruptcy, the largest municipality to ever do so in the United States. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Chicago Investor Buys Dilapidated Packard Plant In Detroit

A Chicago investor is hoping to transform a Detroit eyesore. The story from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Homeless Advocate Staging Play About His Father’s Struggle

A longtime advocate for the homeless has begun channeling his efforts in a new direction.

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Chicago Police Numbers Show Crime Is Down From Last Year

The Chicago police department is out with its latest crime statistics, showing a significant drop.