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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.

Charlotte River Shishkoff was born on the shoulder of I-88 before she was brought to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. (Credit: Ray Shishkoff)

Mother Gives Birth To Baby Girl Along I-88

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.

04/29/2014

This was the scene after an apparent gas explosion in far north suburban Long Grove. (CBS)

Long Grove Working With Residents To Fix Homes Damaged In Explosion

Inspectors are working with Long Grove residents whose homes were badly damaged by an explosion on Friday night.

04/28/2014

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Study Shows Freshman On-Track Program Boosting CPS Grad Rates

Mayor Emanuel says new research from the University of Chicago
is evidence that the city’s school system has gone from the worst in the nation to the biggest turnaround story.

04/24/2014

Betty Goldstein. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Made In Chicago: Knitting Shop ‘We’ll Keep You in Stitches’

What started as a hobby has turned into a 45-year-old business for a Gold Coast woman.

04/21/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Group Stresses Railroad Safety After Deaths Rise In 2013

More people than ever have been killed or injured by trains in Illinois and elsewhere, and safety advocates said it’s largely because of people being distracted by using their smartphones and other mobile devices.

04/08/2014

Art Institute Of Chicago

Museums To Create “Pop-Up” Displays Of Artwork

The Art Institute of Chicago and other museums will take some of their masterpieces to the streets.

04/07/2014

Photo Credit: Chicago Blues Festival

Lineup Announced For Chicago’s Blues Festival

The city’s announcing the line-up for Chicago’s first major summer music festival, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

04/01/2014

Sue, the lovely T-Rex. (Credit: Jasmyn Martin)

Researchers Sending Bacteria From Sue The T-Rex Into Outer Space

Sue, the Field Museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, isn’t exactly becoming the first dinosaur astronaut, but at least a few microscopic parts of her are going into orbit.

03/27/2014

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Schaumburg Police Warn Of Serial Burglars

Police in northwest suburban Schaumburg said neighbors who didn’t call 911 let a couple of serial burglars get away.

03/25/2014

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

City’s Red Light Camera Revenue Continues To Drop

Figures obtained by The Expired Meter website showed the number of red light camera tickets issued in 2013 dropped 5 percent compared to 2012, and were down 20 percent over the last five years.

03/25/2014

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Suburban Fire Department To Sell Ads On Its Fleet

The Palatine Rural Fire Protection District lost $300,00 in revenue last year, and then last week, voters rejected a referendum that would have created new revenue for the district through a special tax increase.

03/24/2014

Drew Peterson is serving a 38-year prison term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Drew Peterson Might Lose $79,000 Police Pension

Officials in southwest suburban Bolingbrook could begin an effort to strip former cop Drew Peterson of his pension, following his conviction for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

03/20/2014

Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert married in November under the state’s new same-sex marriage law. They were the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois. (CBS)

Gay Rights Activist Vernita Gray Dies

A lesbian activist has died, nearly four months after she made history by becoming one of the first two women to marry each other in Illinois.

03/19/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Kane County Voters Reject Tax Hike To Fund Disabled Programs

The referendum would have provided $13 million in funding for programs to help disabled residents who have been impacted by state budget cuts.

03/19/2014

Father Michael Pfleger (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Activists Defend Controversial Anti-Violence Program NRI

Activists are defending a controversial anti-violence program, launched by Governor Quinn, saying despite recent criticism, the program has done more good than bad.

03/10/2014

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Made In Chicago: Cleaning Product Marketer Jelmar

Alison Gutterman is the third generation of her family to run Jelmar in Skokie. The company was founded in 1967 by her grandfather and his business partner.

03/03/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Early Voting Begins Monday For Illinois Primary

The Chicago elections board says in the city, early voting will take place at 51 sites.

03/02/2014

Head lice (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Are ‘Selfies’ Causing A Spike In Head Lice Among Teens?

The popular trend of teens taking group “selfies” might be leading to another less appealing trend: the spread of head lice.

02/26/2014

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O’Hurley Brings ‘Chicago’ To Bank Of America Theatre

John O’Hurley said he’s played the role of shyster lawyer Billy Flynn some 1,200 times.

WBBM Newsradio–02/25/2014

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Chicago Police Issued More Parking Tickets In 2013

A new analysis shows after years of steady declines, the city issued 2.5 million tickets in 2013, a six percent increase from 2012.

02/24/2014

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