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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Thanks for listening!
Police say it’s unclear if any connections exist between the smash and grabs that happened outside day care centers in the western suburbs.
With West Nile virus being a possibility, the Forest Preserve in the county plans to spray adulticides in certain situations.
State’s Attorney Kim Foxx blamed her predecessor Anita Alvarez for an error that freed Kamari Belmont, who was then killed near county jail.
City lawyers are heading to court Thursday afternoon to seek a demolition order for a two-story home in the 900 block of West 59th Street.
A few hundred thousand dollars in stolen coins and jewelry is up for auction at a coin shop in Gurnee.
Officials say there are now 34 confirmed, suspected and probable mumps cases in the Northwestern suburbs.
Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation weigh in on Trump’s tweets accusing Obama of having Trump Tower wiretapped.
A hockey league that played on a patch of asphalt in North Avenue Beach for roughly 20 years may be coming to Grant Park.
Deon Patrick has sued the city, seven Chicago police officers and two Cook County prosecutors over his conviction for the slayings of Jeffrey Lassiter and Sharon Haugabook. He spent two decades in prison before Cook County prosecutors dismissed the murder charges against him in 2014.
As people in the Ottawa-Naplate area try to recover from the recent tornado, they might benefit from talking to Fairdale residents.
CPS Latino Advisory Committee chairman Jose Rico said his committee’s recommendations have fallen on deaf ears at the board, and that schools with mostly Latino students have the least amount of money spent on them.
First-of-its-kind, the American Writers Museum will open on May 16th, located along Chicago’s Cultural Mile.
44 pedestrians were killed in the city in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014, which is raising concerns for city officials.
The construction machinery and equipment company announced plans to relocate its top executives. It hasn’t indicated whether its moving to Chicago or to the suburbs.
Covenant House Illinois provides support services for homeless people in Chicago between the ages of 18 and 24, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will restore 21 acres of wetlands and 23 acres of prairie at Wheaton’s Danada Forest Preserve.
After several weeks of field officer training, Sheriff Mark Curran will work as a corrections officer to get a taste of life inside county jail.
Nearly two dozen lawyers’ groups in the Chicago area have banded together in opposition to President Trump’s controversial travel ban.
There were 78 heroin-related overdose deaths in DuPage County last year, compared to 51 in 2015.
For more than a decade, a cemetery on the Far South Side has been working to make sure buried Civil War veterans do not go forgotten.