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
  • Failed crash-and-grab attempt at upscale Beverly store

    CHICAGO — Police say an attempted crash-and-grab early Thursday at a store in Chicago’s Beverly community failed because the stolen van used by the would-be thieves blocked their entry into the building. The store ‘The Shop147′ is located at 95th and Claremont in the Beverly neighborhood. It sells upscale clothing and other merchandise. Just after 4 a.m., the men crashed a stolen van through the store’s plate glass window; then they ran away. Store owner Rane Atieh told WGN-TV, it […]

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    10-year-old boy hit by SUV on basketball court at South Shore park

    CHICAGO — A 10-year-old boy is out of surgery this morning after he was hit by an SUV in a South Shore neighborhood park. The boy was playing basketball in Rosenblum Park at 75th and Jeffery at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle jumped a curb. Police say an 18-year-old man drove onto the court after getting into an argument with at least one other person at the park. He is being questioned by police. The boy’s mother says […]

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    Mayor Emanuel to detail $200 million in CPS cuts

    CHICAGO (AP) —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to unveil a comprehensive plan explaining how the nation’s third-largest school district will move forward after paying a $634 million pension bill this week that district officials said it couldn’t afford. City officials say the payment was made through borrowing and budget cuts that could hurt the classroom, including “impacting” 1,400 jobs. Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz says CPS must make $200 million in cuts. He blames state lawmakers […]

  • CPS to make full $634M pension payment; 1,400 jobs ‘impacted’

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools says approximately 1,400 jobs will be “impacted” after the district had to borrow money to make a $634 million pension payment.Jesse Ruiz said Tuesday in a statement that the district must make $200 million in cuts. He blamed Illinois lawmakers he said failed to address CPS’ financial crisis. Ruiz didn’t elaborate on how the jobs would be affected, and a spokeswoman didn’t respond to questions. A city official says […]

  • Rauner: Shutdown worth pain if it brings change

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and politics in Illinois. The Republican told reporters Tuesday morning that “change is hard … but we need to have change.” Rauner addressed workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency one day before the state begins a new fiscal year without a budget agreement. Rauner insists on changes he says will make it cheaper to do […]

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    Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of […]

  • Jackie Robinson West suing over stripped title

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West is fighting to keep its national title. In February, Little League stripped JRW of its title amidst accusations of residency rule violations. On Wednesday, the team’s attorney, Victor Henderson, has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of getting Little League International to answer some questions. He also released a 97 page report that raises issues about how the situation was handled. The players and coaches were in attendance, but did not speak. Little League International […]

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    Gov. Rauner tours Coal City after completely devastated by tornado

    COAL CITY, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants a thorough search of a northern Illinois campground that was hit by a possible tornado on Monday night. Rauner said at a news conference Tuesday that people who aren’t from the Sublette area may be trapped or hurt in the Woodhaven Lakes campground and may not be reported missing. He’s sent in a state search-and-rescue team to help. Rauner toured damage from a confirmed tornado in Coal City by helicopter […]

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    Mother, son hospitalized after accident sends SUV into retention pond

    AURORA, IL — A mother and her son are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an accident that sent their SUV into a retention pond. It happened just before 5 a.m.,  on the far west side of Aurora. Police pulled the woman and her nine-year old son from the submerged vehicle. Her seven-year-old daughter got out of the vehicle on her own and was helped to shore. The driver of a second vehicle was injured in the crash. They were both […]

  • Suburbs cope with flooding day after heavy rains

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. — Some Northlake residents are finally getting a break Tuesday afternoon. The flooding they have been dealing with since last night is starting to recede. Around Division Street and 45th Avenue, there was bad flooding. The Addison Creek overflowed, and sewer systems became backed up. The water entered basements and flooded them, as well as yards. Neighbors say this always happens whenever there’s a flash flood. The Northlake mayor is looking for money from the state or county, […]


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