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.

Gas Prices Continue To Drop, Could Keep Falling

Gas prices normally spike during the summer driving season, but this year they have been plummeting.


Play Opening In Chicago Makes The Case That The Mob Was Behind Kennedy Assassination

Retired FBI agent Zack Shelton collaborated with investigative reporter and playwright Hillel Levin on “Assassination Theater,” a new play that makes the case that the late Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo and some of his fellow mobsters were behind the killing of the president.


Parents Of Special Needs Kids To Soon Get Access To Tax-Free Savings Accounts

Parents of special-needs children in Illinois will soon get some relief from the financial burden of the care their kids require.


Chicago’s Popular Statues Will Soon Talk To You

Starting today, Chicago’s most famous statues will talk to you. More than 30 of the city’s most famous statues and sculptures will tell their stories, with the help of celebrity voices.


Expert: Generous Netflix Parental Leave Policy Not Likely To Spread

Workplace expert John Challenger – CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas – said Silicon Valley companies like Netflix are competing against each other for the best and brightest employees, so they’re raising the stakes.


Cook County Sheriff’s Office Holding Workshops For Colleges On Handling Sexual Assault Cases

As colleges gear up for a new school year, the Cook County Sheriff’s office is offering them guidance on how to deal with cases of rape on campus, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Rare Barbie Dolls From Zion Woman’s Estate Up For Auction

Two thousand rare Barbie dolls, from the estate of a Zion woman, are up for auction, starting today, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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30th Anniversary Of Arlington Park Fire

Friday marks 30 years since one of the biggest fires in Chicago-area history.


College Of Lake County Sociologists Study Influence Of ‘Star Trek’ On Real World

Over the years, College of Lake County sociologists John and Maria Tenuto have been doing a scholarly study of all things “Star Trek.”


Made In Chicago: Personal History Interviews

Ron Bliwas partnered with another Shoah Foundation veteran, videographer Dan Gelfond and they formed the company, Personal History Interviews.


Volunteers Collecting Goods For “Really, Really Free Market” In Plainfield

Volunteers in Plainfield are getting ready for what amounts to a huge garage sale, but WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports it’s one where everything is free for the taking.


Joliet Helps Keep Penny Parking Alive And Well In Sycamore

Far west suburban Sycamore is one of the few places left where a penny still buys you a legal parking space, but Sycamore Police parking enforcement officer Giovanni Serra said it’s getting harder to maintain their penny parking meters.


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Animal Hospital Program Offers Kids Hands-On Experience In Pet Care

A Chicago animal hospital is looking for children who’d like to learn more about pet care, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Frank Lloyd Wright Farmhouse In Kane County Aims For Landmark Status

A family that owns a Kane County farmhouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is pushing for it to be registered as a national landmark.


Made In Chicago: Next Level Sailing

If you’ve always dreamed of sailing in the America’s Cup yacht race, now you can get a taste of it out on Lake Michigan, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger with Made in Chicago.


A Bar Mitzvah Delayed, But Not Denied, After 75 Years

SKOKIE (CBS) — A celebration that was delayed for 75 years, finally took place last week in Skokie. In 1939, as Mitchell Winthrop was about to turn 13, the Nazis invaded his native Poland. He […]


Blackhawks Fan Hasn’t Missed A Home Game Since 1966

Through all the ups and downs over the past 49 years, Bob Gertenrich has been in his seat for every Blackhawks home game since 1966. Gertenrich, 68, said he’s pretty sure he holds the record, having attended every home game since he was 19.


Safety Advocates Concerned About Rise In Train Deaths

Operation Lifesaver is trying to get out the message: you need to pay attention at train crossings.


Economist Says Blackhawks’ Success Having Negligible Effect On Chicago’s Economy

Fans are celebrating the Blackhawks’ third trip to the Stanley Cup Final in six years, but, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports a sports economist says the team’s success isn’t having any effect on Chicago’s economy.

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Chicago Area Gas Prices Inch Past $3 Per Gallon

For the first time this year, the average price of gas in the Chicago area has climbed to more than $3 per gallon.




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