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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Benes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: March 28, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jim lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife, son, dog and cat.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim is a lifelong resident of Chicago's western suburbs. He received his bachelor's degree in Speech & Theatre from UICC (as it then was called, in 1969) master's degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in 1999. He began working at WBBM Newsradio 780 in the summer of 1968 and is now the morning editor there. He also teaches journalism at Roosevelt.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Chicago Christmas: 100 Years of Christmas Memories
ISBN: 0940895455

Cornerstone Pr Chicago. 2000

This book takes its readers on a trip through time to visit Christmas in past years. It is filled with stories of Chicago's past - some funny, some poignant, some sad - but all entertaining. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves Chicago and loves Christmas. I've bought multiple copies for gifts and would recommend it to anyone searching for a unique gift.

Season of Joy: Chicago Celebrates the Holidays
ISBN: 0940895528

Cornerstone Pr Chicago. 2005

A celebration of Christmas in Chicago offers stories, songs, plays, period photographs, and news headlines covering every year of the twentieth century through 2004.


A Peter Lisagor award from the Chicago Headline Club and two national awards from the Writers Guild of America.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact through his publisher, Chris Rice Cornerstone Press: