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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!

The Antioch Theatre closed earlier this year, but will be reopened after renovations funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. (Credit: Kickstarter)

Successful Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Antioch Theatre Back To Life

The Antioch Theatre will live on, after being on the brink of being closed for good.

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Heroin Awareness Meeting Sparks Feud Between Orland Park Mayor, Fire Protection District

A heroin awareness program in Orland Park last week resulted in a feud carried out via press release between the Village of Orland Park and the Orland Fire Protection District, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

07/21/2014

A porch collapse in the 700 block of North St. Louis. (Photo provided by family member on scene).

City Cites Building Owner After 8 Injured In Porch Collapse On West Side

The city has cited the owner of a one-story house after a porch collapse that injured several people Sunday night on the West Side, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

07/21/2014

Renderings show retail, office and hotel complex planned for the site of the former Purple Hotel at Touhy and Lincoln in Lincolnwood. (Credit: North Capital Group)

New Hotel, Grocery Store Planned For Purple Hotel Site

The Lincolnwood Village Board recently approved a $27 million incentive package for the proposed Shoppes at Lincoln Pointe.

07/21/2014

A post on the Elgin Police Department's Facebook page about escaped mental health prisoner Jesse Vega, who was captured thanks to people sharing the post online. (Credit: Facebook)

Elgin Credits Social Media For Spreading Word About Fugitive Before Capture

The Elgin Police Department credited its use of Facebook for helping catch an escaped mental health prisoner earlier this week.

07/18/2014

Chicago police on Thursday released these surveillance images of the Orange Line armed-robbery suspects. (Chicago Police Dept.)

Orange Line Robbers Apparently Rode Train All Day Before Holdup

Police believe the two men who robbed an entire train car on the Orange Line earlier this week were riding the train all day before their brazen afternoon rush hour heist.

07/18/2014

A collage of photos of flooding from recent storms in Midlothian. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Midlothian Residents Fed Up With Chronic Flooding

After a couple weeks which saw some torrential downpours, uprooted trees, and power outages from summer storms, a group from southwest suburban Midlothian was speaking out Thursday, because they’re tired of their property repeatedly flooding.

07/17/2014

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West Chicago Homeowners Still Waiting For Water Bills

t’s a waiting game in West Chicago as homeowners continue to look for water bills that still haven’t arrived, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

07/16/2014

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Orland Park Hosting Heroin Awareness Program

Orland Park Fire Protection District Chief Ken Brucki says there were at least six heroin overdose deaths in Orland Park last year, among about 60 heroin overdose ambulance calls. The antidote Narcan was used to save most of those lives.

07/15/2014

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to reporters about gun violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

‘Frustrated’ McCarthy: ‘We Had People Who Died Over The Weekend’

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy became a bit testy Monday during his weekly news conference on gun confiscations, when reporters peppered him with questions about something completely different.

07/14/2014

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YMCA And Veterans Help Teens Deal With Trauma Of Violent Crime

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have teamed up with and mentor young people who live in violent communities, to try to help them see life through different eyes.

07/11/2014

Five-year-old Jack Redmond hugs his mom at O'Hare International Airport, before boarding a flight to Ireland, after judges in both Ireland and the U.S. ruled he be sent back to Ireland to live with his dad. (Credit: CBS)

Two Years After Sending Son To Ireland, Mom’s Custody Battle Continues

Two years after a federal judge ordered her son sent back to Ireland to live with his father, an Orland Park woman is still fighting to get sole custody of the 7-year-old boy and bring him back to Illinois.

07/10/2014

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DuPage County Stepping Up Effort To Combat Elder Abuse

According to DuPage County Board member Bob Larsen, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, there were 467 “intakes” last year in which social workers or others were needed to investigate calls about possible abuse of senior citizens or disabled adults under the age of 60.

07/09/2014

A couple dozen employees of WaterSaver Faucet Co. picketed before work Wednesday, over the company's policy to monitor how much time they spend in the bathroom each day during work hours. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Workers Picket Over Company’s Bathroom Break Policy

Employees of a River West faucet-making company staged a protest before work on Wednesday, saying they’ve been disciplined over the length of their bathroom breaks.

07/09/2014

Nancy Rish (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Nancy Rish To Make New Bid For Clemency In 1987 Murder Case

A woman who has long maintained she took no part in an infamous 1987 kidnapping and murder in Kankakee was set to make another bid to get out of prison on Tuesday.

07/08/2014

100-year-old Louis Reinhart poses with his family on the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

100-Year-Old Cubs Fan Dies Three Weeks After Delivering Game Ball

100-year-old Louis Reinhart was supposed to be part of the Wrigley Field centennial celebration on Opening Day, but Chicago traffic tied up his family, and they got to the stadium too late to deliver the game ball as planned.

07/02/2014

From left: Lawrence Pope; Taveda Driver; Jermain Hoskins (Cook County Sheriff)

Corrections Officer, Two Others Charged In Smuggling Operation At Cook County Jail

A 2-year employee of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and two others have been charged in a contraband smuggling operation at County Jail.

06/30/2014

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Chicago Police Officers To Oppose Parole For 3 Cop Killers

Eighteen uniformed officers planned to present a silent but visible opposition to early release for three men serving lengthy prison terms for killing police officers in the 1970s.

06/26/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Banning Alcohol On Trains Thursday Due To World Cup Viewing Party

Metra says it’s instituting its alcohol ban on trains Thursday.

06/25/2014

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Woman Grazed When Gun Goes Off On CTA Bus

Riders on a CTA bus got a bit of a scare Wednesday morning when a gun accidentally went off after a passenger picked up a small pistol he found on the bus.

06/25/2014

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