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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Naperville Beauty Salon To Provide Free Service To Cancer Patients Once A Month

A beauty salon in the western suburbs cuts the ribbon tonight on a new program to help cancer patients look and feel their best, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Rauner Thrilled Obama Library, Lucas Museum Are Coming To Chicago

Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s doing his part to bring the Obama Library and the George Lucas Museum to Chicago, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Made In Chicago: Merit School Of Music

For decades, the non-profit Merit School of Music in the West Loop has been training the most promising musical prodigies in the city.


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Chicago Woman Eager For Son To Return From Mt. Everest Climb

Chicago woman whose son survived the earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, says she can’t wait for him to come home, but, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports it looks as though that could take some time.


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Cause Of Fire That Destroyed Barrington Hills Mansion Still Undetermined

A suburban fire chief says investigators are still working to determine the cause of an extra-alarm fire that destroyed a Barrington Hills mansion over the weekend, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Spring Weather Also Means Return Of Skunk Season

The smells of rain and fresh grass aren’t the only signs of spring. The strong aroma of skunk is frequently in the air.


Navy veteran Joe Hoppe being presented with medals and ribbons he earned in World War II. (Source Senator Durbin's Twitter)

70 Years Later, Navy Veteran Receives Medals For World War II Service

Months before the United States entered the war, Joe Hoppe enlisted in the Navy. He was inspired by seeing newsreels of the Nazi blitz of London.


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Durbin: Hillary Clinton Would Be ‘Extraordinary President’

He didn’t support her eight years ago against Barack Obama but, now Illinois’ senior senator is offering a glowing assessment of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Kankakee County Prosecutors Continue Probe Of Jail Escape

The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s office was reviewing mountains of evidence, as authorities try to piece together exactly how a convicted killer escaped the county jail, and made it to Chicago before he was captured.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Democratic Lawmakers Protest Gov. Rauner’s Proposed Funding Cut For Humboldt Park Pre-School

Four Illinois lawmakers came to a unique Chicago childcare center Monday to attack Governor Rauner’s proposed 2016 budget. WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger was there.


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Woman With Rare Skin Disease To Run Shamrock Shuffle

Rachael Wrobel, 25, is coming to Chicago from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to run the 8K course downtown, despite suffering a rare congenital skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, which causes the skin to shear off or blister at the slightest touch.


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Glen Ellyn To Hold Meeting On Proposed Fire Alarm Requirement For Downtown Buildings

The village of Glen Ellyn holds an informational meeting Thursday night to talk about a proposed requirement for all the buildings in its downtown business district, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Billy Dec Plans Movie About Birth Of House Music

Chicago is known as the home of the blues. It’s less well known as the birthplace of another kind of music. A proposed movie aims to tell the story of house music.


An Edwardian Satinwood Pedestal Desk. (Credit: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)

Catalogue For Oprah Winfrey Property Auction Released

We’re now getting a look at everything that Oprah plans to sell at auction next month, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Pomegranate and hazelnut chocolate bars from Veruca Chocolates. (Credit: Veruca Chocolate Facebook Page)

Made In Chicago: Veruca Chocolates

Talk about a career change, Heather Johnston says she made quite a leap from medicine to chocolates.


Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich (R) greets Francis Cardinal George during a press conference on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the 9th archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cupich: Cardinal George Still Has ‘His Agenda Full’

Cardinal Francis George recently spent almost a week in the hospital for tests, and has halted his treatment for cancer, but the retired head of the Catholic church in Chicago is still keeping busy, according to his successor.


Republicans calling for immigration reform at an event at St. Ignatius. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Illinois Republicans Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

It wasn’t the usual suspects at an immigration reform event at St. Ignatius School on the Near West Side Monday morning, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Special Olympics Focuses On Respect In Bid To End “The R-Word”

Special Olympics, which hosts competitive games for disabled Americans, says the R-word stands for “retard” or “retarded.” Spokeswoman Michele Evans said, even if it’s not intended to, it causes pain to those with intellectual and development disabilities.


Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Electronic Monitoring Surge In Cook County A Mixed Blessing, Dart Says

The sheriff’s office says last year judges in Cook County ordered 70 percent more defendants to stay at home and wear ankle bracelets than the year before.


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Increased Use Of License Plate Cameras Draws Scrutiny

Automated license plate readers (ALPRs) consist of a camera used to scan the license plate of every passing car. That number then is recorded and stored indefinitely.