Tonya Francisco

Tonya Francisco is an anchor of WGN Saturday Morning News and WGN Sunday Morning News, as of the expansion of weekend news in September 2016. Prior to that, Tonya was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor. In 2012, she joined the WGN News team.

Tonya 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 and associate producer. After a year, she worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor.

Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alumna of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tonya is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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    Two men killed in shootout outside bowling alley

    CHICAGO – A shootout outside a bowling alley in the early hours of Wednesday morning left two men dead in the West Pullman neighborhood. Just before 1 a.m., police say a man standing on the street exchanged fire with at least one other person who drove by in an SUV. Police say the 28-year-old man who was on foot was shot in the chest and died. A 34-year-old man was later found dead inside a bullet-riddled GMC Yukon at a Citgo […]

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    6 displaced after fire at pallet company in West Town

    CHICAGO — Six people are out of their home after a fire in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The fire started around 11 p.m. Monday in the yard of a pallet company near the intersection of Damen and Grand. The company builds, sells and repairs pallets. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to two warehouses, But, the fire did spread to a nearby home, forcing the family out. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still […]

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    Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspect in both NYC, NJ bombings, in custody

    NEW YORK — Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has been “directly linked” to devices in New York and New Jersey, FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said Monday. Sweeney also said a traffic stop of five people in New York led to searches and interviews in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rahami’s last known address was in Elizabeth, and an explosives-laden backpack was found there Sunday night. Officials believe Rahami is linked to that backpack, a bombing Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey, […]

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    Five bombs found in package at N.J. train station, one explodes as robot examines it

    ELIZABETH, New Jersey — A backpack containing multiple bombs was found Sunday night near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station, according to the FBI and the city’s mayor. The backpack had up to five devices, Elizabeth’s mayor Chris Bollwage said. It was found in a wastebasket, outside a neighborhood pub and located about 500 feet from a train trestle. No one was injured. On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., two men found the backpack and thought it might contain something valuable. […]

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    Police say Northwest Side home invasion victims knew their attackers

    CHICAGO — Police say this was no random attack.  The victims knew their attackers and news of that doesn’t come as a surprise to some of their neighbors. Angela Hernandez owns Danny Hair Studio next door to where the violent home invasion took place early this morning. She also used to live in the apartment next door to the victims but decided to move a year ago. “I don’t feel secure, I don’t feel safe because they left the door […]

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    2 firefighters hurt after extra-alarm fire at West Side strip mall

    CHICAGO — A stubborn blaze at a strip mall in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood sent smoke billowing into the air for miles as an army of firefighters took it on Monday night. Around 7:15 p.m., the first firefighters arrived to the scene at 425 S. Kedize Ave. and launched an interior attack, but fearing the buildings would collapse they had to fall back and call for help. “They pulled a solo box alarm and then approximately 30 minutes later we had […]

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    Star high school football player shot hours after game

    CHICAGO — Everett Henderson was a star running back at Chicago Vocational Academy who drew the interest of several Division One schools, but now those dreams are in all likelihood shattered after he was shot Saturday, just several hours after playing a game against Rich East in Park Forest. The 17-year-old was on his front porch on 109th and Eberhart Saturday evening when police say a gray car drove by and someone inside pulled the trigger, hitting him in the […]

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    Suspect sought after child sexually assaulted in store on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a child in a store on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Around 7 p.m. Monday, the child was approached by a man at the Village Discount Outlet on the corner of Lawrence and Spaulding in the Albany Park neighborhood. According to a news release, the man then grabbed the child inside the store and sexually assaulted the victim. Police released surveillance video of the suspect in the store. The suspect is described by police as […]

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    13 killed across Chicago over Labor Day as city surpasses 500th homicide

    CHICAGO — Thirteen people were killed across Chicago this Labor Day weekend as the city logged its 500th homicide of the year. That number carries a lot of weight for the city — not just in quantity, but in meaning: 2016 is now the deadliest year in two decades. The Chicago Tribune reports that 51 of the 65 people shot were wounded between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday. Nine of the fatal shootings occurred over that period. The most recent shooting […]

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    Donald Trump on immigration: ‘There will be no amnesty’

    That idea that Donald Trump is softening his immigration policy: Not going to happen. The Republican presidential nominee on Wednesday re-upped the harsh immigration rhetoric that electrified his primary campaign, vowing “no amnesty” for undocumented migrants living in the United States and promising to build a “beautiful” and “impenetrable” border wall that Mexico would pay for — hours after that country’s president vowed that it wouldn’t. “This election is our last chance to secure the border, stop illegal immigration, and […]