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).
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.
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A Catholic School in the West Lawn neighborhood started the school year in a unique way Wednesday, by offering a blessing for Chicago police officers.
You’re never too old to get in a little exercise — physically or mentally. Just ask one of the oldest people in the Chicago area.
The mayor’s salary in northwest suburban Rosemont will skyrocket after the next municipal election next April to $260,000 a year.
One of the most popular performing groups in the annual Bud Billiken Parade will not be on King Drive this year, because of new rules limiting the number of marchers.
The city’s top streets boss says crews are making very good progress in the street re-paving and reconstruction season.
It’s that time of year when more and more dragonflies flutter around the Chicago area and one expert says they’re great to have around.
State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said, based on the past two months alone, with the destruction wrought across the U.S. by assault weapons, local communities have to be given the flexibility to decide for themselves whether such guns should be outlawed.
A trustee in the small village of Hebron, near the Wisconsin border, has taken steps to get a referendum on the November ballot to recall the village president, who is facing drug and gun charges.
Chris Emigh, 45, was thrown from Fitz’s Storm as they were coming around the far turn, when the 3-year-old horse suddenly ran through the temporary turf rail instead of running alongside it.
The annual Naperville event is this weekend, benefiting efforts to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.
This Father’s Day was one that a Homer Glen man is going to relish for the rest of his life. So will his family.
A foul smell and taste in the water in Elgin should be gone in the next couple days.
Hanover Park Deputy Police Chief Andrew Johnson said the heroin problem is not just a law enforcement issue.
Fatima Rahman, an assistant professor of politics and chair of the Islamic World Studies program at Lake Forest College, said Islamic State supporters who carry out terrorist attacks usually have a violent past, are unstable, and tend to be non-religious.
Kane County has decided to indefinitely stop accepting electronics waste at its recycling events.
The cash-strapped state government is emphasizing foster-home placements, rather than group homes, Maryville’s director tells WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
A mixed faith couple has filed a discrimination complaint with the state, after being told they could not have their wedding at an inn in Galena, because they wanted a non-religious ceremony.
Wednesday is the last day of work for more than 100 teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and others who are retiring from Illinois’ second largest school district, U-46 in Elgin.
“I still think of myself as being a lot younger than I am,” said Ingrid Forsberg, who earned her master’s degree in nursing practice in 1978.
There was a musical world premiere Wednesday night in the southwest suburbs, and the composer was an 8th grader.