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.

Recent Articles
  • Zoning change to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park approved

    JEFFERSON PARK, Ill. — Chicago’s zoning committee unanimously approved a zoning change that would allow for affordable housing to be built in Jefferson Park. Prior to the vote, a packed house came to debate the possible plan to bring affordable housing to the area. A proposed building would house 100 units with priority given to veterans and persons with disabilities. There would also be 20 units reserved for people with CHA vouchers. Opponents say they only want to reduce the size of the building […]

  • Man caught on camera punching security guard charged

    CHICAGO — A man accused of punching a female security guard outside a River North condo building over the weekend made his first court appearance Monday, where a judge set his bond at $250,000. The man, identified as 23-year-old Matthew De Leon was placed into custody after being positively identified as the offender who punched 46-year-old Zoa Stigler on the 600 block of N. Franklin Sunday night. De Leon was arrested in the 2nd district and charged with one felony […]

  • Bystander shot during carjacking in South Loop

    CHICAGO — A bystander was shot during a carjacking in the South Loop. Leon Jackson, 26, sustained a gunshot wound to the back when he walked upon a group of men stealing a car on the 2200 block of south Wabash at around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Three offenders, all wearing masks, exited a silver Jeep Cherokee. Two of the offenders performed the carjacking while the third attempted to rob Jackson while he was walking down the street. The offender produced […]

  • Police search for man caught on tape punching female security guard

    CHICAGO — The search continues Monday for a man caught on tape punching a female security guard in the River North neighborhood early Sunday morning. The Chicago Police Department has made finding him a high priority, according to Ald. Brendan Reilly, who said police told him they are tracking down a number of leads and are optimistic they will find the man. Unfortunately, he says the area sees a lot of drunken incidents now that there are more residential buildings are being built in what used to […]

  • CPS short more than half a billion dollars

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is short more than half a billion dollars. CPS and city officials say the state still owes CPS $467 million in aid.  It’s been held up by the state budget impasse. That money is needed for the teachers pension fund and it’s due by June 30.  CPS also has a $129 million budget gap. Officials say without an infusion of cash, CPS will fall short of making its’ pension contribution. That could violate state law […]

  • Residents of South Side building left without water

    CHICAGO — Imagine living with no running water.  That’s the problem dozens of Bronzeville residents are facing. The plumbing in their town homes need repairs, but there’s no money to pay for them. WGN’s Tonya Francisco spoke to some of them and has their story.

  • Crime stats show number of Chicago shootings down for month of April

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s monthly violent crime numbers are out, and the police department says it is making progress in the right direction. The month of April saw a modest decline in the number of Chicago shootings and shooting victims. This is the second straight month with a downward trend in gun violence in the city. In April, the city saw 247 shooting incidents, producing 45 murders and 308 shooting victims. For the year to date, shootings are down nearly 13 […]

  • Woman on motorcycle killed in Hanover Park hit-and-run

    HANOVER PARK, Ill. — Police are searching for the vehicle and driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle. It happened in Hanover Park at about 8:20 p.m. Monday near Army Trail and County Farm Road. Motorcyclist Christina Jankowski, 30, of Elmhurst, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police the motorcycle was struck by a tan or gold sedan, possibly a Mercury, being driven by a man possibly wearing a baseball cap. The car fled the scene after the crash, […]

  • Lawsuit filed to keep suburban mayor out of office

    There’s a legal battle is brewing in suburban Markham over the newly elected mayor. Roger Agpawa is a convicted felon and the Cook County State’s Attorney is trying to prevent him from taking office. A judge is now deciding whether to grant a temporary restraining order against Agpawa. WGN’s Tonya Francisco has the very latest.

  • Judge to rule April 28 in Chicago schools funding lawsuit

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge is to rule next week on two motions affecting Chicago Public Schools’ funding lawsuit against the state of Illinois. Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama said Wednesday that he would rule April 28 on whether the nation’s third-largest school district deserves immediate financial action from the state. He also will rule on whether the district’s lawsuit should be allowed to proceed. CPS claims the way Illinois funds its schools violates the civil rights of Chicago’s predominantly-minority […]