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An integral part to WGN Morning News (9-10am), Mike Toomey serves as the “Announcer” for the show. He started out doing bits on WGN Morning News in 2003. By September 2013, Mike had become an everyday part of the show.

A regular performer on WGN Morning News, Mike has appeared in concert with such names as George Carlin, Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. He has performed on numerous television programs including; HBO’s U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado; MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour; and A&E’s Comedy on the Road. With his sharp delivery, quick wit, and unique style, Mike Toomey has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982.

Mike grew up in Carol Stream. He has volunteered with Cal’s All Star Angels Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to kids fighting childhood cancer.

Mike lives with his wife and four children in the Chicagoland area.


Recent Articles
  • Early Morning Hero: Sarah Lindemann

    CHICAGO — One of our September Early Morning Heroes, Sara Lindemann, is a nurse at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Beginning work at sunset and working through until sun rise, Lindemann enters each long shift with a positive attitude to help every patient. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Sonya Salcido

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. — One of our August Early Morning Heroes, Sonya Salcido, is a VA Service Coordinator at Concord Place. With over 400 residents, Salcido enters each day with positive attitude and passion to help every resident. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Mike Pavlacka

    OSWEGO, Ill. – One of our August Early Morning Heroes, Mike Pavlacka, is a proud firefighter for the Oswego fire department. Early mornings and long shifts do not faze Pavlacka as he gears up to help those in need.  We surprised him one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Jennifer Dimitroff

    VALPARAISO, Ind. – One of our July Early Morning Heroes, Jennifer Dimitroff, is the school nurse at SELF (Special Education Learning Facility) School. Dimitoff not only provides the medical needs for every student at the school, but everymorning she makes sure to greet everyone as they walk through doors. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Megan Randich

    WESTCHESTER, Ill. — One of our July Early Morning Heroes, Megan Randich, is a physical therapist at Athletico in Westchester. Every morning Randich teaches muscle techniques and exercises to her patients in order to help them recover from their physical injuries. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Maria Alvarez

    CHICAGO – One of our June Early Morning Heroes, Maria Alvarez, is the lunchroom manager at Columbia Explorers Academy. Every morning Alvarez arrives at school to make sure that the breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are prepared and ready for all 1,167 students. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Sonya Moore

    One of our June Early Morning Heroes, Sonya Moore, wakes up early every morning to greet the students at UChicago Charter School: Donoghue. With hugs and encouraging words, Moore puts a smile on every student’s face as they walk through the door. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Frederick Nowaczyk

    One of our May Early Morning Heroes, Frederick Nowaczyk, is a Sergeant with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police. Everyday Nowaczyk puts on his uniform and goes above and beyond risking his life for his family and the citizens of Cook County. We surprised him one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: James Hill

    One of our April Early Morning Heroes, James Hill, is the crossing guard for Belmont Cragin Elementary School. Rain, snow or shine, Hill welcomes the students with a big smile and good attitude to start and end their day. We surprised him one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.

  • Early Morning Hero: Cheryl Glover

    CHICAGO – One of our April Early Morning Heroes, Cheryl Glover, is the front desk clerk at the DuSable High School Campus. With her smile, laughter and loving personality, Ms. Glover has been described as the glue and pillar that holds together the students, staff and parents of the high school. We surprised her one morning with McDonald’s breakfast and a $300 McDonald’s Arch Card! Mike Toomey has the full story.