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!

The Clark and Shell gas stations at 31st and Maple in Brookfield have been waging a price war for more than a week, with prices far below average for the Chicago area. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Brookfield Motorists Winning Big In Gas Station Price War

Two gas stations in the western suburbs have been waging an old-fashioned price war for more than a week.

03/12/2015

Mark Downs (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

1996 Murder Case Goes Before Illinois Supreme Court

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Aurora nearly 20 years ago said it would break her heart if the man convicted of killing her son gets a new trial, as the case went before the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday.

03/11/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Man Arrested In Alleged Conspiracy Wants Apology From Lake Co. State’s Attorney

An ex-offender arrested as part of an alleged criminal conspiracy late last year is seeking an apology from the Lake County (IL) State’s Attorney’s Office. He’s also considering legal action against the prosecutor’s office.

03/09/2015

Photo Of Bugs (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology)

Lambs Farm Getting A Handle On “Frustrating” Bed Bug Problem

Experts say bed bugs can be found almost anywhere; from homes and businesses to hotels, shelters, and hospitals. Now, an organization for the developmentally disabled in the Chicago area is fighting them.

03/06/2015

Traffic Stop

Professors To Be Honored For Study Of Traffic Stop Disparities

Dr. Steven Maynard-Moody said he and his fellow researchers found no racial bias in normal traffic stops — in which the sole reason a driver is pulled over is an actual traffic violation — but they did find tremendous bias in so-called “investigatory traffic stops.”

03/06/2015

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Girl With Leukemia To Meet Stem Cell Donor Who Helped Save Her Life

More than four years after she was close to dying from leukemia, an 8-year-old girl from Mount Prospect is healthy again, and will meet the German man who helped save her life by supplying a stem cell donation.

03/05/2015

The Little League team from New Albany, Indiana, lost the Great Lakes regional championship to Jackie Robinson West, which was later stripped of their title for using ineligible players during tournament play. (Credit: Go Fund Me)

Indiana Team That Lost To JRW Raising Money To Go To 2015 Little League World Series

Saying they feel cheated out of their chance to play in the Little League World Series last summer, the team that lost the Great Lakes regional championship to Jackie Robinson West is raising money to go to next year’s tournament, even if it’s just to watch.

03/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Mayors Call On Rauner To Rethink Plan To Cut Local Government Revenue

Mayors in the Chicago area were none-too-pleased when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting in half the amount of income tax revenue the state sends to municipal governments in Illinois, and they’re teaming up to let him know.

03/03/2015

A tornado that hit LaSalle County Illinois. (Credit: Twitter)

Statewide Tornado Drill To Be Held Tuesday Morning

It might not seem like the ideal time of year for a tornado drill, but that’s exactly what state and local officials have planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday across Illinois.

03/03/2015

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CPS Reverses Stance On PARCC, Will Now Test Students System Wide

The Chicago Public School system is buckling to economic pressure and now plans to give a controversial standardized test system-wide, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

03/02/2015

A new "smart meter" installed on a Naperville home. (CBS)

CUB: Energy-Efficiency Programs Save More Money Than Alternate Suppliers

A couple years ago, you could save decent money on your electric bill merely by switching to an alternate energy supplier, but Citizens Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen said not anymore. That is because those companies have started hiking rates, and ComEd has gotten out from under an expensive contract.

03/02/2015

The Carson Pirie Scott store at North Riverside Park Mall reopened on Feb. 26, more than three months after a fire forced it to close. (Credit: North Riverside Park Mall)

Carson’s Reopens At North Riverside Park After November Fire

The store closed November 12th after a fire in a storage area. Manager Robin Adams said smoke damaged everything in the store.

02/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Teachers Union On Runoff In Mayor’s Race: ‘A Beautiful Day For Democracy’

Among the first to back Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his bid for mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday was taking a brief moment to enjoy Garcia’s success in forcing a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

02/25/2015

Chicago Public Schools

Most Voters Want Elected School Board In Chicago

Voters in 37 wards voiced overwhelming support for an elected school board on Tuesday, though it’s questionable whether the idea would really go anywhere.

02/25/2015

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Girl Who Played On Boys’ Basketball Team For 2 Seasons Banned From Playoffs

A Catholic school’s boys’ basketball team from Hegewisch was set to resume playoff action on Thursday, but without the girl who has been a starter for the past couple years.

02/25/2015

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School Districts Cracking Down On Overdue Student Fees

Some local school districts have been ramping up efforts to collect long overdue student fees that have added up into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

02/24/2015

The intersection of 41st and Pulaski, where a Chicago police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who refused orders to drop a knife he had used to slash the tire of a squad car. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Report: Suspect Shot By Police Suffered 16 Gunshot Wounds

Laquan McDonald was shot after he allegedly slashed the tires of several vehicles, including a police squad car, and allegedly refused officers’ orders to drop his knife on Oct. 20, 2014.

02/24/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Some Suburbs Also Holding Elections On Tuesday

In southwest suburban Homer Glen, five candidates are running for village president, five candidates are running for village clerk, and 13 candidates are running for three trustee seats. All 23 candidates are write-in candidates.

02/24/2015

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Feds Warn Computer Users Of “Ransomware”

The FBI has issued warning about a growing type of malicious Internet software that could take your computer hostage, along with all the data stored on it.

02/23/2015

The sun rises over Lake Michigan in Chicago on Feb. 19, 2015, when temperatures reached a record low of 9 below zero for that date. (Credit: CBS)

February On Pace To Be 2nd Coldest In Chicago Since 1875

In February 1875, the average temperature in Chicago was 14.6 degrees. If predicted temperatures for the rest of the month hold true, the 14.9 degree average this February will have been the second coldest February on record for Chicago, according to AccuWeather.

02/23/2015

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