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!

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Board Boss Vows To Fix Orland Park School Bus Mess

The head of a southwest suburban school district promises to get bus service problems straightened out or find a new school bus company.

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Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Elgin Mayor Wants Summit Of Social Service Groups Caught In State Budget Stalemate

Many groups that provide services to the mentally ill, drug addicts, and others have been deprived of state funds they need to operate while the governor and lawmakers have failed to agree on a state spending plan.

08/27/2015

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“Remind” App Helps Teachers Keep Students Posted About Homework And Tests

A smartphone app has been touted as a great communications tool for teachers, and could get a lot more use now that schools are getting back in session.

08/25/2015

Will County Courthouse (Credit: Village Of Frankfort Website)

Joliet Offers $12.3M In Incentives To Will County For New Courthouse

Will County and the City of Joliet have come to an agreement which will keep the county courthouse in downtown Joliet, including more than $12 million in incentives from Joliet.

08/21/2015

Ald Brian Hopkins (2nd), former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle, Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg & former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy join Dutchie Caray -- the widow of legendary Cubs and Sox broadcaster Harry Caray -- after the unveiling of a street sign in her honor at the corner of Michigan & Pearson. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Dutchie Caray Gets Honorary Street Name Along Magnificent Mile

The “First Lady of Chicago Baseball” got a special birthday present on Thursday, as a street in the tony Streeterville neighborhood was named in honor of Dutchie Caray.

CBS Chicago–08/20/2015

One of dozens of stray cats found living inside a vacant home in the Belmont Central neighborhood, after the lone tenant was evicted in April, and someone later broke a couple basement windows. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Most Of The Dozens Of Cats Found Living In Belmont Central House Have Been Rescued, Group Says

A cat rescue group official says most of the cats that had filled a house and were nuisances in the Belmont Central neighborhood have been rescued, the house emptied of cats and then boarded up.

08/11/2015

A fire hydrant installed along Riverside Drive in Elgin led to confusion, because it is located next to marked parking spaces installed as part of a beautification project. Officials are working on a solution. (Credit: CBS)

Elgin Seeking Solutions After Confusion Over Parking Spaces Near Fire Hydrant

Officials in Elgin were trying to make sure no more motorists are confused about – or get tickets for parking in – what appear to be legitimate parking spaces next to a fire hydrant along the city’s riverfront.

08/07/2015

7th graders at Christ The King School in Chicago take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Credit: Facebook)

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Become Annual Tradition

Countless people dumped ice water over their heads last summer, as part of the ALS The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral effort to promote awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

08/06/2015

A lifeguard is caught on video apparently lying down on the job. (You Tube)

Lifeguard Whistleblower Upset About Incident At Beach

A 32-year old man who took a video of his critical exchange with a loafing Gary lifeguard says he was very upset about what he saw last weekend.

07/30/2015

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Charges Possible After Pair Suspected Of Starting Fires In Gary

Gary police say charges will be considered today against two men arrested a couple of days ago for deliberately starting fires in vacant buildings.

07/30/2015

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Downtown Staffing Agency Holds “No Emails Day” To Encourage Employees To Use Phones

A staffing and recruiting company downtown did something a little out of the ordinary today. It staged a “No Email Day.”

07/29/2015

Power Electricity Generic

City Switching Residents To ComEd For Electricity

Electricity users in the city of Chicago are going to find themselves with choices over the next month or so as the city ends its bulk discount program for buying electricity.

07/29/2015

A lifeguard is caught on video apparently lying down on the job. (You Tube)

Gary Lifeguard Dismissed For Lying Down On The Job

On a hot summer day like today one might want to cool off in Lake Michigan, with the assurance that lifeguards have your back.

07/28/2015

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Students At West Side Elementary School Creating Peace Mural

Some West Side elementary school students are letting it be known through their artwork how they feel about the violence that has plagued their community.

07/27/2015

Central Avenue Beach along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been closed due to hazardous conditions, as the beach has eroded to almost nothing, and the high winds of the last few weeks have exposed asphalt and other unsafe surfaces. The previous trail to the beach is now an 8 foot drop-off.  (Credit: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore/Facebook)

Central Beach Closed Due To Erosion Along Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Chief Ranger Mike Bremer said the beach at Central Avenue, on the east side of Beverly Shores, has been closed indefinitely, because high waves last week washed away the sand, leaving an eight-foot drop-off, which has at its base some jagged pieces of an old road that used to run along the beach.

07/13/2015

Cosmopolitan Marketplace in Aurora features LED chandeliers, a Brazilian Steakhouse, and a full meat processing plant. (Credit: Cosmopolitan Marketplace/Facebook)

Glitzy New Aurora Store Brings The Wow Factor To Grocery Shopping

You don’t need to wear a top hat and spats when you visit the Chicago area’s newest grocery store, but you might feel like you should.

07/10/2015

Confederate Mound at Oak Woods Cemetery is a monument on the site of a mass grave for Confederate soldiers who died in a prisoner of war camp in Chicago during the Civil War. (Credit: National Park Service)

Chicago Home To Monument To Thousands Of Confederate Soldiers

It hasn’t generally been taught in Chicago schools, but the city is home to a memorial to Confederate soldiers, at a cemetery in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

07/10/2015

Retailers at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora hosted a job fair on July 9, 2015, as the mall prepared to open 50 new stores. (Credit: Facebook/Chicago Premium Outlets)

Expanding Aurora Outlet Mall Hosts Job Fair To Staff New Stores

Hundreds of jobs were up-for-grabs Thursday at a job fair in Aurora. Chicago Premium Outlets is expanding, with 50 new stores slated to open late next month.

07/09/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk Pushing To Maintain Funding For Grants Promoting Interest In Space, Science

Senator Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama wanted to cut, by a third, the Space Grant Program that funds research, education and service projects designed to promote an interest in space and the sciences.

07/06/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Proposed By Gov. Rauner Outside Thompson Center

More than 500 people gathered outside the Thompson Center downtown this morning against budget cuts proposed by Governor Rauner. Demonstrators say the cuts squarely hit the most vulnerable people in the state.

07/01/2015

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