Tonya Francisco
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Tonya Francisco is a general assignment reporter/fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alum of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an award-winning journalist who began her television career as a desk assistant at WLS-TV/Channel 7 in Chicago.

She moved on to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan to become a reporter/associate producer. After a year, it was on to WJRT-TV in Flint. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor.

Tonya is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Recent Articles
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    Mayor visits home of girl killed by stray bullet at sleepover; arrest may be close

      On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the home of the girl who was struck and killed by a stray bullet Friday night. 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was attending a friend’s sleepover near Gladys and Springfield in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when a stray bullet came through a side window and struck her in the head and killed her. Emanuel briefly spoke to the media upon leaving the Adams home in Lawndale saying, “I came here as a parent […]

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    Oswego home invasion suspects may be headed to Chicago

    Police are searching for the suspects involved in a home invasion in Oswego, Illinois. According to Illinois State Police, four men are wanted in connection with a home invasion that took place Tuesday around 6 a.m. Oswego Police Chief Dwight A. Baird said a call came in from a neighbor’s home stating that four male black offenders, all armed with handguns and wearing full or partial masks entered the home on the 300 block of Hemlock Lane. The offenders then […]

  • Truck driver charged, victims identified in fatal I-55 crash

    The driver of a semi-truck that hit three stopped vehicles on Interstate 55 Monday afternoon, killing four people and injuring four others, is due in bond court Tuesday, state police said. The truck crashed into three vehicles which were stopped in traffic at 2:17 p.m. Monday, Illinois State Police said Monday evening. Four people in the stopped vehicles, which were south of Arsenal Road near Elwood, were killed. The Will County coronor’s office said the four killed were Ulrike P. […]

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    Guardian Angels patrol Orange Line; police continue search for armed robbers

    Police are searching for two suspects who reportedly robbed several CTA passengers at gunpoint. Police say the robberies occurred around 4:00 pm, Wednesday on the Orange Line train as the train was between the Halsted and Roosevelt stop. The suspects reportedly boarded the train car and announced an armed robbery, police said. They robbed several people and fled with items when the train arrived at the Roosevelt stop, according to police. Romelia Garcia was pistol-whipped by one of the robbers. […]

  • City Clerk extends deadline to buy new vehicle stickers after computer problems

    Chicago drivers have an extra 24-hours to get a new city sticker, after major computer glitches and problems left people across the city waiting for hours Tuesday to buy a new vehicle sticker. The deadline to purchase a new sticker was midnight  Tuesday, but many currency exchanges say they started seeing big computer delays and crashes late in the afternoon and into the evening. Some people say they waited in line for up to five hours, trying to buy the […]

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    Pregnant woman killed in shooting on Dan Ryan

    A pregnant woman was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Wednesday morning. Jasmine Curry, 25, was shot in the head as she drove her mini-van in the outbound local lanes of the Ryan near 59th street at about 4 a.m. Illinois State Police say two other people were inside the van at the time of the shooting.  One passenger fled the scene before police arrived.  The other person in the van was not […]

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    Police investigating fatal shooting of Gary officer; 1 in custody

    Police in Indiana have one person in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a Gary police officer. 47-year-old Jeffery Westerfield, a 19 veteran of the force, was found dead in the driver seat of his patrol car at 26th Avenue and Van Buren Place Sunday morning. He was responding to a call of shots fired at that location. After getting a tip from a Gary resident, officers from six different Indiana police agencies converged on a house about […]

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    Police search for man wanted in coworker’s murder in Rockford

    Police are searching for a suspect in two murders in the Rockford area. 36-year-old Terence Doddy is wanted in the murder of a coworker Monday at a call center in Rockford. Then yesterday, police believe he attacked a woman at a highway rest stop along I-39, near Paw Paw, Illinois. Police think Doddy may have returned to the Rockford area. Anyone with any information is urged to contact authorities at 815-632-4010. Law enforcement officials are also urging the public to […]

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    Man electrocuted by downed power lines in Burbank

    A man died Tuesday afternoon after being electrocuted by down power lines in a southwest suburb. Emergency crews in Burbank responded to a call around 2 p.m. in the 8600 block of S. Meade Ave.  They found 21-year-old Nedal Doleh unresponsive in the backyard. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say ComEd employees were working to repair lines in the area. ComEd released a statement saying: “Last night brought severe storms that impacted most […]

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    Possible lightning strike sets Steger Village Hall on fire

    Storms left many areas of the south and southwest suburbs with downed trees, downed power lines and some minor flooding. At the Steger Village Hall and police department, investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire last night that left behind melted plastic, charred cabinets, and basically destroyed what was once the base of operations for the small southern suburb of just under 10,000 people. “We’re still trying to figure out whether it was a lightning strike that caused […]