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!

Handicapped Parking

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

Gavel

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

Metra commuter train makes it way along the tracks. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Rail Officials Warn Drivers To Use Extra Caution In Winter

Union Pacific said drivers need to be even more careful when road conditions are snowy and slick, because it takes a 100-car train going 60 miles an hour up to a mile and a half to come to a complete stop, so by the time a train engineer spots your car on the tracks with the train bearing down, it’s too late.

11/12/2014

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Study Says Workers Being Telepressured Into Checking Email Outside Of Work

Researchers at Northern Illinois University have come out with a new study on how much people are checking and responding to their work emails when they’re on *and* off the job.

11/11/2014

This is some of the wreckage vandals left behind at the New Lenox veterans memorial. (CBS/Jim Williams)

ComEd Kicks In $10,000 To Help Repair Veterans Memorial

The utility is cutting the check to help repair vandalism-related damage at a New Lenox veterans memorial. WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

11/10/2014

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Bones Dug Up During Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Work To Be Reburied

The Cook County Forest Preserve District has abandoned plans for a new section of walking and biking path in Oak Forest, after crews dug up unmarked graves on the site of the old Oak Forest Hospital.

11/07/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich (R) greets Francis Cardinal George during a press conference on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the 9th archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cardinal George “Cleaning The Slate” For Cupich Before Retirement

Less than two weeks until Cardinal Francis George retires as archbishop of Chicago and makes way for Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich, George said the transition is well-underway.

11/06/2014

A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food Pantry Opens At Hines VA Hospital

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has opened a food pantry at Hines VA Hospital near Maywood. It’s the food charity’s second such pantry. The first opening was last year at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in the Illinois Medical District on the West Side.

11/06/2014

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants To Allow Voting Booth Selfies

Seizing on the popularity of people showing off their “I Voted” sticker on social media after casting a ballot, a state lawmaker from the West Side has begun a push to allow voters to take “selfies” at polling places.

11/05/2014

The 57-foot blue spruce in Donna Atkinson's yard in Elgin will be cut down and installed at Daley Plaza as the city's official Christmas tree for 2014. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Elgin Woman’s Blue Spruce Selected As Chicago Christmas Tree

The nearly 70-foot tall tree on Donna Atkinson’s property in Elgin dwarfs her tiny one-story house, so she figured donating it to the city of Chicago would be the perfect inexpensive way to remove it.

11/05/2014

Halloween Candy with a Pumpkin

Dentist Offers To Buy Leftover Halloween Candy

A local dentist is trying to save children’s teeth, and provide some treats to members of the U.S. military for the fifth year in a row.

11/03/2014

Ballots

Birth Control Referendum On Illinois Ballot Stirs Controversy

When you go to the polls between now and Tuesday, you’ll see on the ballot a question asking if any insurance plan that has prescription drug coverage should be required to cover prescription birth control.

10/31/2014

Yvonne and Ralph Shurley's frightful scene in Orland Park.

A ‘Spooktacular’ Sight For Halloween In Orland Park

There are only a couple of nights left to catch this year’s spooktacular offering by an Orland Park couple that’s made a big deal out of Halloween for more than a dozen years.

10/30/2014

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Citizens Utility Board Holding Customer Service Horror Story Contest

Have a customer service horror story that involves dealing with a utility company? The Citizens Utility Board wants to hear from you on social media.

10/28/2014

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Probe Scuffle That Stirred Facebook Controversy

Police in Elgin were investigating a scuffle between a cab driver and another motorist, an incident which sparked a mini-uproar on social media over the past few days.

10/27/2014

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