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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Auction To Sell Off Hoarder’s Collection Of Toys, War Memorabilia

An unusal auction was scheduled for this weekend, featuring rare antiques and memorabilia amassed by a suburban hoarder.

01/21/2015

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Zagat Releases List Of Top 50 Chicago Restaurants

Many of the usual suspects, and some unusual ones, show up in the latest ranking of Chicago’s top restaurants, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

01/20/2015

Taxes

H&R Block Offering Free Food Truck Meal For Bringing In Your Taxes

Tax season is starting and WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports that on Tuesday the IRS begins accepting electronically-filed returns.
 

01/19/2015

Ducks already are used successfully in Boston and the Wisconsin Dells.  (Credit: Entertainment Cruises)

Company Wants To Bring Amphibious Duck Tours To Chicago

You already can tour Chicago by boat, segway or trolley. Now, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports the company that operates the Seadog tours at Navy Pier, wants to introduce a new way of seeing the sights.

01/18/2015

A self-portrait of Chicago photographer Vivian Maier. (Photo courtesy: Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations)

Vivian Maier Doc Nominated For Oscar, Roger Ebert Film Snubbed

The film “Finding Vivian Maier” tells the fascinating story of the reclusive Chicago nanny who took more than 150,000 street photos that now are considered among the best photography ever.

01/15/2015

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Joliet Funeral Director To Display Replica Lincoln Casket

A suburban funeral director has come up with an unusual way to honor Abraham Lincoln next month.

01/15/2015

Expressway Traffic

Illinois Traffic Deaths Reached Lowest Total In Decades In 2014

As much as most Illinois residents hated last winter’s snowy, frigid weather, state transportation officials said there was a silver lining. Last year saw the fewest traffic deaths on Illinois roads in nearly a century.

01/14/2015

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Suburban Theater Community Thriving

While Chicago’s downtown theater district attracts big audiences, the theater community in the suburbs also is thriving, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

01/12/2015

Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for 'Jane the Virgin,' . (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Shine At Golden Globes

A couple of Chicagoans shined at the Golden Globe Awards last night.

01/12/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. (Credit: CBS)

Pastors Ask Election Board To Keep Wilson On Ballot For Mayor

Supporters of mayoral challenger Willie Wilson have called on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to uphold his candidacy, and allow him on the February ballot, in the face of an ongoing challenge from the Emanuel campaign.

12/22/2014

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Merry Christmas: Gas Prices At Five-Year Low

Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group said it’s the result of a price war being waged between OPEC – especially Saudi Arabia – against American energy producers.

12/22/2014

Crews are demolishing Douglas Hall, a 51-year-old dormitory at Northern Illinois University, as part of a plan to expand the school's main drag, Lucinda Avenue. (Credit: NIU)

NIU Demolishing Douglas Hall To Extend Main Drag

Northern Illinois University spokesman Paul Palian said the school wanted to create a more accessible route across the main drag on campus, Lucinda Avenue. So it’s demolishing Douglas Hall, which was named for Abraham Lincoln political rival Stephen A. Douglas.

12/17/2014

Storm Clouds In Vernon Hills

Gloomy Weather Could Be Affecting Your Mood

It’s been another gloomy day in Chicago and the weather is affecting peoples’ moods.

12/16/2014

The Spartacase covering an airplane seat. (Credit: MySpartacase Facebook page)

Made In Chicago: Spartacase Seat Cover

WBBMs’ Regine Schlesinger with Made In Chicago reports on a new product, aimed at germophobes.

12/15/2014

A homeless person (CBS)

Survey: Homelessness, Hunger Rose In Chicago In 2013

Homelessness and hunger rose slightly in Chicago in 2013, according to an annual survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Chicago was one of 25 cities surveyed about demand for emergency services.

12/11/2014

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Survey: Lack Of Exercise Has Illinois Residents Lagging In Health Rankings

The 25th annual survey by United Health Foundation, finds Illinois’ ranking unchanged from last year, but the Foundation’s Rhonda Randall said what’s troubling is physical activity among Illinoisans dropped 8 percent over the past year.

12/11/2014

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Better Business Bureau Warning Consumers To Avoid ’12 Scams Of Christmas’

The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning of what it calls, “The Twelve Scams of Christmas.”

12/09/2014

Some of the toys and games on Illinois PIRG's "Trouble In Toyland" list of potentially dangerous products for children. (Credit: CBS)

Consumer Safety Group Compiles Annual Dangerous Toys List

Child safety advocates said they’ve seen progress in recent years, but there’s still “Trouble in Toyland” this holiday season.

12/03/2014

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Good Samaritan Steps Up After Charity Donations Stolen

Every two years, the Chicago Women Charity Players put on a production as a fundraiser, designating the proceeds for a different charity each time. On Sunday night, they staged a production of “The Music Man.” After the play, someone stole a lockbox with $2,000 in cash, along with checks and credit card receipts.

12/03/2014

Doctor Generic

Study On High School Football Players Shows Head Impacts Cause Brain Changes

A new study presented at a medical conference in Chicago today raises questions about how safe it is for teenagers to play high school football, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

12/01/2014

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