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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, bicycle and visit major league baseball parks all over the country. I’ve also started taking up golf so be careful if you happen to be near a course. I never quite know where the ball is going.

I live in the Beverly/Morgan Park community on the Southwest Side and 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!

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Back To School Means Spike In Child Abuse Reports

State child welfare officials say it’s too hard to tell whether there’s been an increase in reports of child abuse since news broke about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson taking a stick to his four-year old son.

09/18/2014

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War Of Words Between Hinsdale Teachers, School Board Continues

War of words today as the teachers union and school board in Hinsdale High School District 86 discuss separately the possibility of a teacher walkout a month from now.

09/16/2014

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Norridge Man Explains Why He Urinated Into Open Sunroof Of Car

A 36-year-old man who was charged with urinating into a woman’s car over the weekend was speaking out Wednesday

09/10/2014

Dolton Police Chief John Franklin addresses the media Thursday. (CBS)

Dolton Police Chief Wants To Implement Body Cameras By Next Summer

A south suburban police department hopes to have its officers wearing body-cams by early next summer.

09/08/2014

The new simulation lab at Rush University Medical Center uses "smart dummies" to help save lives. (Credit: Twitter/@RushMedical)

New Simulation Lab At Rush Using “Smart Dummies” To Improve Patient Care

Simulation Lab co-director Mike Kremer said phones have been ringing off the hook with medical students and doctors wanting to reserve time with the dummies in the center that opens to them on Monday.

09/05/2014

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Elgin Police Officer On Leave Pending Investigation Into Facebook Posts

The 40-year-old officer has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, after his sergeant saw a Facebook post that reportedly said police in Ferguson, Missouri, “did society a favor” by shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.

09/04/2014

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Potential Buyers Interested In Re-Opening Shuttered Des Plaines Theater

The Des Plaines Theater has been closed for the past seven months because of building code violations and there are those who’d like to see it back up and running again as soon as possible.

08/25/2014

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De La Salle Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Five Chicago mayors have attended De La Salle; including both Richard J. Daley and his son Richard M. Daley, Frank Corr, Martin Kennelly and Michael Bilandic. Other notable alums include the late Cook County Board Presidents George Dunne and Dan Ryan, and broadcasting brothers Bryant and Greg Gumbel.

08/22/2014

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Rauner, Quinn Call Each Other “Phony” On Term Limits

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner accused each other of being dishonest on the issue of term limits, Rauner filed an emergency petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to decide whether voters can weigh in on the question in November.

08/21/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn stands with members of the Brooks College Prep high school football team as he prepares to sign legislation requiring high school coaches to take online training on handling concussions. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Quinn Signs Concussion Training Mandate For High School Coaches

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring high school coaches to receive training in prevention of and reaction to concussions.

08/19/2014

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City Expanding Computer Technology To Get Rid Of Rats

Rat poison might still be the best way to get rid of scurrying vermin, but knowing where to place the bait is a big challenge, one city officials believe can be solved with a 21st century approach: computerized data analysis.

08/15/2014

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Jail Boss: We’ll Have Room For Fugitives Sought In New Police Initiative

The head of Cook County Jail said she’ll find room for any and all fugitives picked up by teams of Chicago police officers and Illinois state troopers in the coming month, and put them in the jail’s custody.

08/14/2014

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Police: Man Shot Neighbor With BB Gun For Smoking

On July 18, the victim was smoking a cigarette on his own first-floor patio on Quail Hollow Drive, when a neighbor two floors above him shouted to him, “Hey, put that cigarette out, now.”

08/13/2014

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New School Year Already Underway For Some Districts

Believe it or not, the new school year has started for many students, even though we’re not even halfway through August.

08/12/2014

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New Head Safety Rules In Place As IHSA Football Teams Begin Practicing

High school football practices are officially allowed to begin today in Illinois, and with that, some added rules and reminders about head safety.

08/11/2014

Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger Organizing Gun Turn-In Program For Young Adults

Activist priest Fr. Michael Pfleger has planned another gun buyback program, but his latest effort to get guns off the streets has a twist.

07/31/2014

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Rush, Northwestern Studying New Anti-Dementia Drug

Alzheimer’s researchers at Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern University have launched a study to test a new treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, and are looking for volunteers to take part.

07/29/2014

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Carpentersville Man Pleads Guilty To Bomb Threats At Kane County Courthouse

A 22-year old man who made false bomb threats at a courthouse last year, is going to prison for a while, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

07/28/2014

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Are Days Numbered For Red-Light Cameras?

Reports of red light camera “ticket spikes” for thousands of motorists have energized those who have long opposed traffic enforcement cameras.

07/25/2014

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South Side Museums Form “Museum Campus South”

Seven museums on the South Side have banded together to try to raise their profiles, and get more people to visit them.

07/24/2014

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