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
  • Heat to be restored to 82 homes after gas main fire in Edison Park

    Crews have been going door to door turning on the furnaces in 82 homes on the Northwest side. Residents in Edison Park lost their heat Wednesday night after a gas main was damaged by a small fire. The gas main was hit by a construction crew at about 8:20 in the 6700 block of North Oconto. Crews have been working through the night to get the heat back on in these homes. Peoples Gas brought warming buses for residents.  Crews have […]

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    Two teens in custody after robbery, car crash

    A police chase in the South Suburbs that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a house, started in Chicago. Police in Alsip say the SUV was reported stolen in Chicago and was used during a robbery at a gas station early this morning in Alsip. Police say the SUV was trying to get away from officers. The driver was speeding while trying to take a turn near 121st and Lockwood and lost control. The vehicle crashed into the home, […]

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    5 kids, 2 adults injured in Jackson Park crash

    Five young children and two adults were injured when a van crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Jackson Park. The Mercury Villager was westbound on Marquette Drive, just west of Lake Shore Drive, when the driver lost control just before midnight. The van was completely gutted, but everyone was out by the time emergency crews arrived. All of the injuries are said to be critical or serious, but they’re not believed to be life-threatening.

  • NTSB to begin investigation of fatal plane crash near Midway

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope to have a preliminary report out within a week or so on the crash of a small cargo plane into a home near Midway Airport.  The pilot of that plane, 47-year-old Eric Quentin Howlett, died in the crash. “The aircraft is going to be relocated and secured overnight, then tomorrow we will begin a detailed examination of the airframe, then the engine then the propellers,” said NTSB air safety investigator Tim Sorensen. In addition to the […]

  • Chicago says farewell to former Mayor Jane Byrne

    Funeral services for former Mayor Jane Byrne were held today in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The funeral was held at St. Vincent de Paul church. It was a ceremony complete with full honors, befitting a Mayor of Byrnes importance and significance. Byrne’s nieces and nephews were honorary pallbearers and her beloved daughter Cathy gave words of remembrance. Angel Correa, who was a Jane Byrne campaign worker, friend and supporter, said she felt that Byrne was so special that he […]

  • 7 garage fires in Marquette Park investigated

    Bomb and arson investigators are looking into seven garage fires on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The fire started at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a garage on the 2500 block of West 65th Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood. It quickly spread to neighboring garages, and then jumped across the alley to three more garages. Bomb and arson investigators are determining whether the fire was accidental or intentional. One neighbor says he saw someone running in the alley just before the flames […]

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    Chicago Archdiocese releases child sex abuse files on 36 more priests

    The Chicago Archdiocese opened the books on sexual abuse by 36 priests Monday. 15,000 pages of internal files, representing decades of church secrecy,  are now posted on the archdiocese website in the name of transparency. They involve the confirmed abuse of hundreds of children since 1950. Though their names were not published in the files, it’s causing heartache and pain for dozens of sex abuse victims, who are now reliving terrible memories created by some Chicago Catholic priests. For the […]

  • Problems plague polling sites across Chicago

    Tuesday’s election appeared to be plagued with numerous problems at polling locations across the Chicago area. On the city’s North Side, at Welles Park,  the final vote was cast 3 :15 a.m. Wednesday, as voters waited more than eight hours after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Many voters say they were line before 5 p.m. and waited outside in the cold for more than two hours before they made their way indoors to a gymnasium. Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped […]

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    Election Day 2014: Polls officially open in Illinois

    It is Election Day and voters have the chance to decide their future government leaders. Polling places in Illinois open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The House and Senate, many governors’ races, and everything down to local municipal races and referenda are up for grabs. And the challenge for both major parties is to motivate their voters to turn out in a mid-term election, where participation is always much lower than in presidential election years. A record […]

  • Nik Wallenda successfully completes tightrope walk

    Crowds gathered hours before showtime Sunday with their heads tilted back and Cameras in hand to witness another stunt from daredevil Nik Wallenda. This time, Walenda had the Windy City as the backdrop. The question: Would he make it? Could he defy death one more time? Wallenda walked 600 feet above the Chicago River on a wire no wider than a nickel. Gingerly but swiftly, Wallenda put one foot in front of the other walking from the west Marina City […]

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