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.

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Thanks for listening!

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

SE Side Residents Say Petcoke Settlements Not Enough

Southeast Side activists say the air seems to be a bit cleaner these days, but they still want to see out of their communities, companies that deal with the gritty petroleum byproduct known as petcoke.


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City Meets With Homeless, Advocates In Uptown On New Program Designed To Provide Permanent Housing

City officials, advocates for the homeless, North Side residents and the homeless met today about a pilot program designed to provide permanent housing and services to dozens of homeless people.


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Lawmaker Wants To Erase Word “Alien” From State Law

An Illinois state senator has proposed eliminating the word alien from state laws when referring to people from other countries.


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Carpentersville Man Reels In Huge Muskie On Fox River

A day out fishing along the Fox River turned out to be well worth it for a Carpentersville man this week.


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Balmoral, Maywood Park Race Tracks To Auction Off Assets

Grandstand seats, televisions, starter cars, and sulkies are among thousands of items up for auction at Maywood Park in Melrose Park and Balmoral Park in Crete.


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Englewood Students Praise AmeriCorps City Year Workers During Visit By Senator Dick Durbin

Students at a high school in the Englewood neighborhood told Senator Dick Durbin today how much help they get in life and school from AmeriCorps City Year service workers.


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Will County Set To Host Summit On Heroin Crisis

With Will County headed towards possibly breaking a dubious record, officials were set to host an annual summit to tackle the deadly heroin epidemic.


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Oregon Testing Out Vehicle Mileage Tax

The idea of the state of Illinois imposing a mileage tax on vehicles in place of the current gasoline tax was met with big opposition last week and the idea was dropped. But one state is already trying it.


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Rain Barrels Could Become Mosquito Breeding Grounds If Not Installed Properly, Expert Warns

Rain barrels have become popular in the Chicago area to save money on water bills when watering lawns and gardens but an expert warns that, if not installed properly or taken care of, could become mosquito breeding grounds.


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Police Ask Adults To Be More Alert To Signs Of Child Abuse And Neglect

The Aurora Police Department has urged residents to be more aware of the signs of child abuse, and not to fear calling police to check out any suspicions.


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Chicago Cops Honored For Saving Fellow Officers

Seven police officers were honored Wednesday by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, for saving the lives of two fellow cops by using automated external defibrillators and CPR.


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Honor Flight Chicago Launches Inaugural D.C. Trip For Korean War Veterans

More than 60 Korean War veterans received a special treat Wednesday, when they joined 40 World War II veterans on a free trip to Washington, D.C.


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Englewood Students March To “Make The Violence Stop”

Students from the Englewood neighborhood raised their voices loud and clear Tuesday morning as they staged a peace march through their community.


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Students To Present Plans To Redevelop Vacant Englewood Site

Students from nine Midwestern universities will be competing Saturday for a chance to have an impact on one of the neediest neighborhoods in Chicago.


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Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s Widow Pleads Not Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

The widow of the Fox Lake police officer who killed himself last fall has pleaded not guilty to new charges of conspiracy and misuse of charitable funds, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Illinois Lottery Gives Out Free Gas, Groceries, Treats

The Illinois Lottery had a Day of Luck promotion on Monday, giving away thousands of dollars worth of free gasoline, groceries, meals and sweets throughout the state.


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Prom Dress Giveaway For Needy Students On Saturday

It’s that time of year when high school students start getting ready for prom, and there are options for some girls having a tough time paying for a new dress.


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Men At Saint Xavier Walk In Women’s Shoes To Support Rape Victims

Nineteen male students, coaches, and administrators at Saint Xavier University walked a mile in women’s shoes on Wednesday, to help bring attention to the issue of sexual assaults against women on college campuses across the country.


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Principal Back To Work At Waukegan H.S. After Serving In Afghanistan

The principal of Waukegan High School is back at work after nearly a year away to serve his country and recover from injuries suffered in Afghanistan.



Deal Reached To Save Orland Park Fitness Club

Palos Community Hospital and Orland Park have reached an agreement to save a hospital-run fitness center that was supposed to close in a few weeks.




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