Hi! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Park District has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater to put on 26 performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
A state lawmaker is calling on Governor Quinn to fire the company that runs the Illinois lottery, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
Senn High School principal Susan Lofton said, after Ramis’ death in February, the idea for a tribute began small, then mushroomed.
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.
ComEd customers will be getting socked with higher electric bills this summer.
Just hours before it was disclosed federal prosecutors are looking into Gov. Pat Quinn’s embattled anti-violence program, Republican rival Bruce Rauner’s campaign launched a toll-free hotline for state workers to blow the whistle on alleged corruption in the governor’s office.
The Chicago Loop Alliance has planned a series of five “placemaking” events to get workers to stick around for parties in the alleys after business hours, and get people to think of the alleys in the Loop in a different way.
Investigators were looking into reports as many as two dozen or more Rotolo Middle School students, ages 11 to 14, took naked pictures of themselves.
Darryl Brooks, of Bellwood, said the new Jarvik 2000 heart pump has turned his life around.
Ray Shishkoff was driving his wife, Elizabeth, to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital after she went into labor, but had to pull over around 4 a.m., when it became clear she couldn’t wait.
Inspectors are working with Long Grove residents whose homes were badly damaged by an explosion on Friday night.