Tonya Francisco

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.

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    Cruz out; Trump, Sanders win Indiana primary

    INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee following a decisive victory in the Indiana primary and the decision by Ted Cruz to drop out of the race. Though Trump has not formally secured the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination — and likely won’t until June — there is no serious opposition left to block his path. His victory amounts to a stunning takeover of the Republican Party by a candidate with no political experience. […]

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    Indiana Primary: 5 things to watch

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Donald Trump has defeated his Republican rivals in six straight contests. In Indiana, he could demoralize them. Trump will try to win a primary Tuesday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has set up as do-or-die for his own campaign. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, will attempt to reclaim the momentum that Hillary Clinton has firmly seized. Here are five things to watch in Indiana’s primary: Trump goes for the knockout blow Cruz began his campaign in Indiana at the […]

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    Teachers may be reconsidering end-of-year strike

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says it is reconsidering the timing of a possible strike. The earliest the teachers could go on strike is May 16. But concerns about whether the union would be able to get the support of parents so close to the end of the school year has the union rethinking its strike plans. Teachers are also concerned about losing their health insurance, as well as their last paycheck before the long summer break. On top […]

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    NFL Draft Town kicks off in Chicago’s Grant Park

    CHICAGO — The NFL Draft returns to Chicago tonight. This is the second consecutive year that the league’s Draft Town will be in Chicago’s Grant Park. But this time it takes up even more space. NFL Draft Town will be open from noon to 10 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. Activities and displays now take up as much room as 20 football fields. You can train like […]

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    1 questioned after 2 people found dead at Lyons senior home

    LYONS, Ill. — Lyons police were questioning a “person of interest” in the killings of a man and a woman whose bodies were found at a senior living home in the southwest suburb Monday morning. The two victims, a man in his late 60s and a woman in her mid-40s, were found dead late Monday morning at the Riverwalk Senior Residences, 8019 Ogden Avenue in Lyons, said Ray Hanania, a spokesman for Lyons police, in emails Monday evening. A person of interest […]

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    Rally held in support of ousted North Side principal

    CHICAGO — Parents at Blaine Elementary School on the city’s North Side are rallying in support of an ousted principal. They began protesting with a sit-injust after 5 a.m. at the school located at 1420 W. Grace Street in the Lakeview community. Parents are upset over the removal of the school’s popular and outspoken Principal Troy Lareviere. He was removed from the school last week, during spring break. Today is the first day back since the move, and parents organized the […]

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    Mayor Emanuel, CPD superintendent vow to enact police reforms

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s new police superintendent say the city will immediately implement about a third of the recommendations made last week by a police accountability task force. “I consider them the first step and not the last step,” Emanuel said. The mayor sat for an interview with WGN, along with Supt. Eddie Johnson, to discuss the immediate changes taking place within the Chicago Police Department, including faster investigations into police misconduct allegations, new guidelines for disciplining […]

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    Former Congressman Mel Reynolds taken into federal custody

    CHICAGO — Former Congressman Mel Reynolds has been taken into federal custody. He’s facing tax charges, and he appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing. The judge had given him a week to find a place to live while free on bail on electronic monitoring, but he was unable to. Last week, Reynolds was arrested at an Atlanta airport after returning from a trip to South Africa. During that trip, Reynolds failed to return to the states by his court mandated deadline, so an arrest warrant […]

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    CTU heads to Springfield to rally for funding

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teacher’s Union is taking its grievances to state lawmakers. Members loaded buses early Wednesday morning and headed for Springfield to lobby for a series of measures aimed at pumping more money into the school system. CTU wants lawmakers to move on a millionaire tax to fund public education, as well as new funding formulas for schools. Union officials are already threatening to strike over a contract dispute with Chicago Public Schools.

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    Emanuel wants to borrow more than $1 billion for Lucas museum

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel now says building George Lucas’s museum on the lakefront will require five tax hikes, and more than $1 billion in borrowing from the state. The mayor’s backup plan would demolish McCormick Place East, to make room for the museum. The lost convention space would be made up by building additional space west of Lake Shore Drive. Emanuel wants the state to continue a 2 percent hotel tax, extend four other taxes, and provide up to […]


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