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, 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.
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Thanks for listening!
Women who have babies that are the result of rape would have an easier time keeping the alleged rapist out of the child’s life under a measure making its way through the Illinois General Assembly.
History buffs can have loads of fun surfing the Internet on a new online exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of O’Hare International Airport.
The Illinois House has passed a measure to require online driver’s education courses for young people who don’t take such classes in high school.
IDOT message boards list the total number of confirmed traffic deaths as 234 through Friday, but according to IDOT Traffic Safety director John Webber, that does not include a deadly crash near in the north suburbs Friday morning.
Ten years ago Saturday, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley had backhoes dig giant X’s into the lone runway at Meigs Field in the middle of the night, setting the stage to turn the peninsula into a lakefront park.
Relief could be on the way for commuters frustrated by the consistent gridlock they face on the Circle Interchange just west of downtown.
The head of a north suburban law enforcement agency was defending tactics used in a couple of raids carried out in the last several months.
It’s happened again in downtown Hinsdale; on Monday, for the third time in five weeks, a car crashed into a building on the same block in its historic downtown district.
Two people were injured this morning in a townhouse fire in south suburban Oak Forest, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
A study by Chicago area university professors has found, if history is any guide, the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 53 schools will fail when all is said and done.
Eighteen suburban school districts will be deciding in the not-too-distant future whether to contract with an online school district that’s starting up in the Fox River Valley.
Mayor Emanuel says Chicago children would be the beneficiaries if the state allows the city to have a gambling casino.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is among those expected to speak at a weekend summit sponsored by the Illinois State Crime Commission.
Highwood Ald. Harvey Knapp is from Britain. He was appointed to the city council five months ago to fill a vacancy. At the time, neither he nor Highwood’s mayor realized state law requires municipal officials to be citizens.
A 20-year old man was behind bars in Will County Thursday morning, after allegedly trying to kidnap two girls on their way home from school in January.
It might be tough to drive in, but Tuesday’s snowstorm should bring some benefits to the Chicago area.
Northerly Island Center Director Teish Daniel said, “we wanted to take advantage of the snow, and not have it melt away before Saturday got here.”
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has started having gun seizure news conferences on a regular basis; and he says he will continue to until laws change to require that the loss, theft or transfer of a gun is reported.
A Chicago lawyer who coaches runners and runs marathons leaves for Antarctica this week, to attempt a feat few have ever accomplished: completing marathons on all 7 continents, and in all 50 U.S. states.
Robyn Hart, director of child life services at Rush says pet visitors have a great therapeutic benefit. She says they, “just bring so much joy to their owners. I can’t think of anything better.”
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- Portage Theater Closed For NowThe 93-year-old landmark theater at 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. was shut down on Friday after Ald. John Arena (45th) blocked Carranza’s application for a liquor license, according to Carranza.90
- Man Shot And Killed Inside Hyde Park HomeA murder in Hyde Park, just blocks away from President Barack Obama's home.213
- Noise From Music Fest At Chicagoland Speedway Has Neighbors Up In ArmsMost of the complaints seem to be coming from the east of the Chicagoland Speedway in new Lenox, Frankfort and Mokena as grandstands protect the other three sides.127
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