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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.

Participants run away from Victoriano del Rio Cortes' bulls during the third bull-run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 9, 2014. The festival is a symbol of Spanish culture that attracts thousands of tourists to watch the bull runs despite heavy condemnation from animal rights groups (Photo credit: RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cicero To Host Its Own Running Of The Bulls This Weekend

If you can’t get to Spain, the running of the bulls comes to the Chicago-area this Saturday, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/09/2014

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Salon Offering Free Wedding Gowns To Military Brides

A bridal shop in northwest Indiana this week is showing its gratitude to members of the military.

07/07/2014

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Swarm Of Bees Temporarily Shuts Down Several Gates At O’Hare Sunday

O’Hare Airport was buzzing Sunday and not just with returning Fourth of July travelers, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/07/2014

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Willis Family Starring On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Twenty years after a family tragedy tied to the infamous “licenses for bribes” scandal, the Willis family is basking in the limelight.

07/07/2014

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Two Boys Accused Of Vandalizing Lansing Church

Two young boys have a date in juvenile court after they were accused of vandalizing a south suburban church, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

06/30/2014

Taylor Townsend. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Budding Englewood Tennis Star ‘Does Not Put Herself On This Pedestal”

After pulling off a stunning upset in the French Open, a tennis player from Englewood gets another shot at making a splash in a major tournament, when she plays her first match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

06/23/2014

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Wisconsin Utility To Buy Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas For $9B

Illinois state regulators and a consumer watchdog group were looking at a $9 billion deal for the sale of two local natural gas suppliers to a utility company in Wisconsin.

06/23/2014

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

Chicago’s Average Gas Price The Highest In The Nation

The insurgent violence in Iraq and threats to oil facilities there have pushed the price of crude oil to more than $107 per barrel. That has translated to higher gasoline prices, nowhere higher than Chicago.

06/23/2014

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. (Credit: Art Institute of Chicago)

Three Art Institute Works Top List For Public Art Project

The voting is over and the results in, for a unique, new public art project in Chicago and across the country, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

06/22/2014

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As Summer Settles In, Advocates Warn Of Danger To Kids

Forty-four children across the country died last year, after being left alone in a car on a hot day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the numbers have been rising in recent years, but such deaths are completely preventable.

06/18/2014

Crews work to finish installing a TRUMP sign on the side of the Trump Tower in Chicago (Credit: Kris Kridel/CBS)

Rahm Calls Trump Sign ‘Tasteless,’ The Donald Calls It ‘Magnificent’

As crews worked to install the final letter in the TRUMP sign on the Chicago River side of the skyscraper, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office confirmed they were looking at options that could force Trump to take it down, even though he already received city authorization to put it up.

06/12/2014

Artistic rendering of Breakwater Chicago, a $23 million barge a Chicago entrepreneur wants to build in Lake Michigan as a year-round island resort. (Credit: Chicago Breakwater LLC)

Chicago Entrepreneur Dreams Of Chicago’s Own Island Resort

The vision of Beau D’Arcy and his two partners calls for a floating vessel, 300-by-100 feet, almost twice the length of the Odyssey cruiseliner, about a mile offshore in Lake Michigan.

06/10/2014

Children swimmin at the Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club on 25th Street. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Park District Aims For World Record For Largest Swimming Lesson

The Chicago Park District is signing up children to take part in an attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.

06/09/2014

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Students Mourn Death Of Classmate Killed Days Before 8th Grade Graduation

On the eve of their graduation, eighth graders at a school in the far west suburbs are mourning the death of one of their classmates reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

06/02/2014

A bagpiper plays his instrument during the Bag-Open International Pipeband Competition of the Scottish Festival in Xanten, western Germany. (Credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Made In Chicago: Scottish Festival And Highland Games

It’s a taste of Scotland in suburban Chicago, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger as the 28th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games get underway this month.

06/02/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Democrats Want Rauner To Apologize After Shaking Hands With Man Wearing Confederate Flag On Jacket

Some black and other elected Democrats in Illinois are calling on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to apologize after he was seen shaking hands with a man with a confederate flag on his jacket over the weekend.

05/19/2014

"The Comedy Of Errors" cast took their final bow at Garfield Park Conservatory in front of over 900 people. (Credit: chicagoshakes.com)

Shakespeare Returning To 18 Chicago Parks

The Chicago Park District has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater to put on 26 performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

05/16/2014

Illinois Lottery Register (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

State Rep. Calls On Quinn To Fire Private Group Running State Lottery

A state lawmaker is calling on Governor Quinn to fire the company that runs the Illinois lottery, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

05/14/2014

Actor/Director Harold Ramis Is Principal For A Day At Chicago High School

Senn High School To Name Theater After Harold Ramis

Senn High School principal Susan Lofton said, after Ramis’ death in February, the idea for a tribute began small, then mushroomed.

05/08/2014

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‘The Sound Of Music’ Helps Lyric Opera Bring In New Fans

The seats of the Civic Opera House have been filled with fans of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. While the numbers aren’t in yet, it’s playing to packed houses.

05/08/2014

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