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!

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Waukegan Woman’s House Shot Up After Woman Killed Dog

A Waukegan woman said she believes she was the victim of retaliation, after she shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking another dog she was watching.

02/10/2015

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AAA: Many Motorists Have “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” Attitude Toward Risky Driving

A new survey has found a significant percentage of drivers taking chances on the road, even though they believe those kinds of behaviors are dangerous.

02/10/2015

Vincent Juarez urges on his dogs at Swallow Cliff Woods, taking advantage of the recent blizzard to train for a dogsledding race in Michigan. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Snowy Landscape Makes Perfect Dogsledding Conditions

At Swallow Cliff Woods in Palos Park – which is best known for the 125-step stair climb and the toboggan run that has been closed for more than a decade – Vincent Juarez stood on the back of a sled, pulled by his three dogs.

02/04/2015

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Gas Prices Creeping Back Up

If you’ve filled up your tank in the past few days, you’ve probably noticed prices at the pump have started rising again.

02/04/2015

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Oak Lawn Students Design App To Help Alzheimer’s Patients

A group of kids from Oak Lawn had hoped to learn it would be named one of the winners in Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge. A school from Kentucky beat out the kids from St. Catherine of Alexandria School, who designed the Remember Me app, to help those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

02/03/2015

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California Measles Outbreak Prompting Lots Of Questions In Chicago Area

Most local health departments said they are not seeing any more or fewer measles vaccinations being given since an outbreak of measles tied to Disneyland.

01/30/2015

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Kane County Moving To Slash Sheriff’s Budget

The Kane County Board Finance Committee has voted to cut the sheriff’s budget by $225,000, just a part of the amount that will be cut if the sheriff doesn’t straighten out an inmate housing situation involving the federal government.

01/29/2015

A clerk at this convenience store was shot and killed during a robbery on Monday. The clerk managed to return fire, and killed one of the two masked men who attacked him. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Joliet Police Still Hunting For Second Suspect In Deadly Robbery

As Joliet police continued their search for the second robber in a holdup that left a convenience store clerk and a robber dead last week, investigators were hoping someone would come forward with information to help them crack the case.

01/28/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Researchers: No Proof “Right-To-Work” Laws Help Economy

Dr. Robert Bruno, professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, said studies have shown the promises of job growth under so-called “right-to-work” laws are “nebulous.”

01/28/2015

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Health Officials Confirm Case Of Measles In Northern Suburbs

Cook County and state public health officials say there’s been a confirmed case of the measles in the northern suburbs, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

01/27/2015

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Orland Park Offering Community Loyalty Rewards Program

Countless stores have loyalty rewards programs, and now southwest suburban Orland Park is trying its own points program to get more people engaged in their community.

01/27/2015

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Mobile Job Assistance Center Helping Will County’s Unemployed

The Will County Mobile Workforce Center is a mobile home that has been turned into a job center, outfitted with a dozen computers for job seekers to use for writing résumés and fill out job applications online.

01/26/2015

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Better Business Bureau Warns Of Sex Offender Database Scam

Consumer advocates were warning about a new email scam designed to trick you into sharing your sensitive personal information.

01/23/2015

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Pace Announces $2.3 Billion Plan To Expand, Upgrade Bus Service

The Pace suburban bus system is dreaming big – $2.3 billion big – trying to get in on potential federal funding down the line for some of the system’s long-term projects.

01/21/2015

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Dart: Concealed Carry Law Fell Short On Review Process

A year after the state began allowing people to carry firearms in public in Illinois, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart suggested some counties might not be as thorough in reviewing concealed carry applications as Cook County.

01/19/2015

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More Than 91,000 Applied For Concealed Carry Permits In 2014

A sizeable chunk of the 91,651 applications were submitted last January, when the concealed carry law went into effect. Illinois State Police said more than 34,000 people applied last January. In all, nearly 2,400 people were turned down for concealed carry permits.

01/16/2015

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Morton Grove Police Vow To Find Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run

Richard Mikulec, 86, was near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Shermer Road when he was hit. The driver sped off.

01/14/2015

Starbucks worker Freddie Arteaga assists a customer with her drink order at a Starbucks drive-thru in Wheeling.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

#PayItForward A Growing Trend In The Line For Coffee

It’s not a new phenomenon, but “paying it forward” sure has become more noticed thanks to social media, and it’s happening many times in a place many people are familiar with: the coffee shop.

01/13/2015

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DeKalb Mayor Opposes Idea To Allow Underage People Into Bars

The Student Association of Northern Illinois University is considering asking DeKalb officials to allow underage people to go into bars to be with some of their older friends, even if they’re not allowed to drink alcohol, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

01/12/2015

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet. (Credit:CBS)

Rialto Theatre To Return $350,000 Donation For New Marquee

The main requirement Ed Czerkies wanted when he donated the money was to have his parents’ names prominently displayed on a new digital marquee for the Rialto, which would replace the classic original marquee. After significant backlash from the community, the board backed off, and so did Czerkies.

01/09/2015

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