Bernie Tafoya

tafoya250 Bernie TafoyaI’m a lifelong Chicagoan and could never see myself living anywhere else (except maybe Hawaii!).

I was born on the North Side in 1958 but have lived all but the first three months of my life on the South Side. That said, thank (or is that curse?) the ’69 Cubs for making me such a die-hard Cubs fan.

I grew up in the projects–the CHA’s Trumbull Park Homes in the South Deering neighborhood. I graduated from O.T. Bright Public School, Mendel Catholic College Prep, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

I’ve been with WBBM Newsradio 780 since 1986 and think I have one of the best jobs around. I’m a general assignment reporter and cover everything from education and politics (including Democratic National Conventions 1996, 2000 and 2008) to crime and religion (including the Catholic Bishops Conference in Dallas that dealt with the priest sex abuse scandal).

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I’ve reported tragedies and thrills such as the Amtrak train crash in Bourbonnais and how much fun it was to ride for nearly an hour aboard one of the Blue Angels FA-18 fighter jets.

My work has been honored numerous times over the past 25-plus years. Among those honors: Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and United Press International, Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Boyden Award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

I love to workout and bicycle and I golf every chance I get. If I don’t need winter gloves, chances are you’ll find me swinging the clubs. I’m working to “break 90″ more regularly and hope to “break 80″ someday.

After 55 years living on the South Side of the city, I now live with my wife, Nancy, in the southwest suburbs. I have three adult children of whom I’m very proud.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to e-mail a news tip to me, use the links above!

Thanks for listening!

Chester Weger (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Illinois’ Longest-Serving Inmate Denied Parole Again

Chester Weger, 75, came closer to gaining his freedom last year than he did this year. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 7 to 7 last year. This time it voted 9-3 against parole.

12/18/2014

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West Chicago Still Catching Up On Yearlong Backlog Of Water Bills

Many residents of West Chicago are still waiting on their city to send them a water bill. For many of them, it’s been as long as 15 months since they last had a water bill.

12/17/2014

Tendayi playing with 5-year old Joshua after giving him some toys at Advocate Children's Hospital. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Hospital Cafeteria Worker Donates Hundreds Of Toys To Sick Kids

A woman who works in the cafeteria of a Southeast Side hospital visited her company’s children’s hospital this morning and brought with her hundreds of toys.

12/15/2014

A tray of mails is seen at the United States Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center on December 16, 2013 in San Francisco, California. An estimated 6 million customers are expected to visit post offices nationwide on what the Postal Service anticipates to be the busiest day of the holiday season as they predict to process 607 million pieces of mail, up from the average 545 million pieces. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Monday To Be Busiest Mailing Day Of The Year

According to Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion, more than 640 million pieces of mail will be dropped off at post offices, or put in mailboxes on Monday.

12/15/2014

Debbie Snow Humiston and her husband, Rich, and their Little Free Library in New Lenox. (Credit: Debbie Snow Humiston)

Little Free Library Trend Growing In Chicago Area

From a distance, you might mistake them for large birdfeeders, but upon closer inspection the miniature one room houses on poles have books in them.

12/11/2014

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Vandals Decapitate Statues, Egg Nativity Scene At Berwyn Church

A west suburban church was vandalized and, according to the pastor, two young people have been arrested and charged with misdemeanors.

12/10/2014

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Police Warn Of DUI Dangers During Holiday Season

It’s that time of year, when more people are celebrating the season with family, friends, and co-workers; and police are reminding you to play it safe.

12/09/2014

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Chicago Police Department Unveils Upgraded Website

The Chicago Police Department took the wraps off its new website Monday morning.

12/08/2014

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Man Charged With Stealing His Car From Police Impound

A South Side man was arrested over the weekend, after breaking into a police impound, and driving off in his car, which had been seized after a previous traffic stop.

12/08/2014

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Public Meetings Set On Plan To Keep Invasive Species Out Of Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been searching for a magic bullet to keep potentially harmful aquatic fish, plants, and other species from advancing into the Great Lakes.

12/05/2014

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South Suburban School Stresses Importance Of Fathers’ Involvement

Thursday was Dads’ Day at one south suburban elementary school, an annual effort to promote the idea of men as role models for their children and grandchildren.

12/04/2014

Authorities respond to the scene of a shooting at Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., Friday. (CBS)

Nordstrom Murder Victim Reported Incident To Police A Week Before Shooting

Chicago police are continuing to investigate last weekend’s murder/suicide inside the Nordstrom store on North Michigan Avenue, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

12/01/2014

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Chicago Cops Could Start Wearing Body Cameras In A Couple Months

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says the day when some Chicago police officers will start to wear body cameras is getting closer, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

12/01/2014

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State To Crack Down On Illegal Use Of Handicapped Placards On Black Friday

Shopping mall parking spaces migt be at a premium on Black Friday, but you should not be tempted to wrongly pull your car into one marked for handicapped drivers.

11/25/2014

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Cyber Experts Offer Holiday Shopping Security Tips

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, approximately 52 percent of shoppers used their phones last year to make purchases. That’s why experts said shoppers should be careful of shopping over public Wi-Fi networks, and use multi-step verification to access bank and credit accounts.

11/25/2014

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Former Owner Of Chicago Rush Arena Football Team Charged With Bankruptcy, Wire Fraud

The former owner of the now-defunct Chicago Rush arena football team could be penalized up to 25 years behind bars, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

11/24/2014

A gorilla doll outside Terry's Byke Haus has greeted customers for years before a fire on Wednesday gutted the shop in southwest suburban Countryside. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

South Suburban Bike Shop Destroyed In Fire

Terry’s Byke Haus has been around for 46 years, according to its website. Area resident Darlene Roncskevitz called the store “a landmark in Countryside,” especially because of the large gorilla doll that stood facing 55th Street, waving at passing motorists.

11/20/2014

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Cupich To Visit Ethnic Parishes As He Takes Reins Of Chicago Archdiocese

On Sunday, Cupich will lead mass at St. Agatha Parish, a predominantly black parish in the Lawndale neighborhood. That’s the church where former priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused several boys.

11/20/2014

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

Officials: State Road Crews Ready For Winter Weather

David James, a private meteorologist who provides forecasts for IDOT, said he doesn’t expect this winter’s snowfall to be as bad as last winter.

11/17/2014

Photo Of The Rosemont Water Tower. (Village Of Rosemont Photo)

Rosemont Ordinance Would Keep Some Financial Information Secret

Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said it comes down to Rosemont being at a competitive disadvantage by having to turn over to the public information about finances, incentives, and more for the Allstate Arena, the Donald Stephens Convention Center and the Rosemont Theater.

11/13/2014

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