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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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Students Complain About Ban On Short Shorts Amid Extreme Heat

Some students at Lincoln Park High School were upset about being forced to comply with the school’s dress code during the extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday.

WBBM Newsradio–08/28/2013

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New High School Is First Dedicated Solely To Students With Learning Disabilities

Until now, students with learning disabilities who wanted to go to a college preparatory high school had no place in Chicago that was dedicated specifically to their needs.

WBBM Newsradio–08/28/2013

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Made In Chicago: E3 VIP Caters Upscale Tailgate Parties

It’s not your father’s tailgate party.

WBBM Newsradio–08/19/2013

The Flagship Niagara is one of the most historically authentic tall ships in the United States and an accurate reproduction of Commodore Perry’s victorious flagship from the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie. She offers three educational programs to the public: educational day sails, an individual trainee program, and for-credit high school and college programs. All students and trainees receive an authentic onboard living experience from sleeping on hammocks to meals cooked off of a woodstove. (Credit: Navypier.com)

Tall Ships Sail To Navy Pier

The tall ships will arrive at Navy Pier in the “Parade of Sail” Wednesday afternoon, and stay through Sunday.

WBBM Newsradio–08/07/2013

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Hospital Pushes Cardiac Screenings For Young Athletes

Each year, more than 3,000 American children and teenagers die while playing sports from a heart problem they didn’t know they had. Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn is working with the organization, Young Hearts for Life, to prevent such sudden deaths.

07/25/2013

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Teachers’ Union Slams CPS For ‘Devastating’ Cuts, Layoffs

A month before the new school year starts, protestors from the Chicago Teacher’s Union were expressing outrage over budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools, with a protest march through the Loop.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

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Aviary Mixologist Named Bartender Of The Year

Like his boss, Grant Achatz, in the culinary field, bartender Charles Joly is becoming a star in bartending circles.

WBBM Newsradio–07/23/2013

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Bon Jovi Fan Gets Gift After Heart Transplant Causes Her To Miss Concert

A Bon Jovi fan who missed the rocker’s concert at Soldier Field last weekend, is getting a souvenir anyway, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/16/2013

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State Sen. Wants Concealed Guns Banned In Churches

State Senator Dan Kotowski, a Democrat from Park Ridge and a former gun control lobbyist, wants churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of prayer exempted from places where eligible gun owners will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

07/15/2013

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Gov. Quinn Denies Strain With Lisa Madigan

Governor Quinn and Lisa Madigan were together today at an event in Melrose Park, but the two had little to say to or about each other, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/15/2013

Multi-colored Octagon Bangle. (Credit: janlewisdesigns.com)

Made In Chicago: Artist Jan Lewis

Jazz great Ramsey Lewis isn’t the only artist in his family, reports WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/01/2013

A 109-year-old pair of pliers netted a California man a $5,000 prize from Klein Tools, which was searching for the oldest working pair of its side-cutting pliers. (Credit: Klein Tools)

$3 Pair Of Pliers Nets A $5,000 Prize From Suburban Tool Company

Thanks to a Chicago-area company, a California do-it-yourselfer has received a $5,000 return on a $3 investment.

WBBM Newsradio–06/27/2013

Chef Alain Roby made this sculpture of a Blackhawks player from white chocolate to honor their 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. It's on display again to salute their return to the Stanley Cup Final three years later. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Chef Expresses His Love For Blackhawks With Chocolate

A Chicago area pastry chef is showing his pride in the Blackhawks through chocolate, and lots of it.

06/20/2013

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Will County Forms Task Force To Investigate Sexual Harassment At Industrial Workplaces

Will County has a new task force to investigate the sexual harassment of women working in industry. The story from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

06/17/2013

David Brandhandler and his wife Goldie (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Nearing 100, Former Skokie Cantor Is A Real Mensch

On the eve of his 100th birthday, a Skokie man still has a song in his heart and on his lips.

WBBM Newsradio–06/14/2013

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink

Study: Using Hands-Free Devices Still Dangerous For Drivers

The new study – the most comprehensive of its kind – has found using hands-free and voice-activated devices while driving actually is more dangerous than talking on a hand-held cell phone.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2013

Fans cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Superfan Hasn’t Missed A Game Since 1966

Think you’re the Blackhawks’ most loyal fan? You’ve probably got nothing on a guy from Skokie who’s been to more than 2,100 consecutive home games.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2013

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Plenty Of Chicago Connections For 2013 Tony Awards

There are some Chicago connections to the Tony Awards being handed out tonight for the best of Broadway. The story from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

06/09/2013

Miss America 2003 Erika Harold is crowned by former Miss America 2002 Katie Harmon (Rear) September 21, 2002 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Erika's platform for her reign is Empowering Youth Against Violence: 'Respect Yourself: Protect Yourself.' (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Ex-Miss America Winner To Run For Downstate Congressional Seat

An Illinois woman who once sat on Miss America’s throne now wants a seat in Congress.

06/04/2013

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (credit: James Morgan/Boeing Australia via Getty Images)

Battery Problems Over For Boeing?

Just days after Boeing’s Dreamliner jets returned to the skies, a broadcast report from Tokyo indicates there was a sensor problem with one of the replacement batteries in a 787 in the Japan Airlines fleet.

06/02/2013

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