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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.

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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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Brutal Winter Has Been Extra Tough On The Disabled

If you think you’ve been having a tough time getting around this winter in all the snow, ice, slush, and now rain; just imagine what it’s like for the disabled.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Hardiman Visits Gov. Quinn’s House, Demands Debate

Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman said it’s hypocritical for a governor who preaches good government to dodge debate in his bid for re-election.


Libertyville got nearly 14 inches of snow from New Year's Eve through late on New Year's Day, and could get even more from lake effect snow on Jan. 2, 2014. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Yard Signs Proclaim Skokie Work Crews As ‘Snow Heroes’

With yet another snow coming down in this endless winter, residents of one suburb are saying a very public “thank you,” to the crews who clear their streets, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Snarf's workers will receive a month of back pay and the opportunity to get their jobs back. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Snarf’s Reaches Agreement With Workers Fired By Email Days Before Christmas

The Snarf’s chain of sandwich shops has reached a settlement with 14 workers who were fired by email, just days before Christmas.


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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.


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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.