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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
  • Man, 65, shot in face through window of home on NW Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a shooting that critically injured a man in the Dunning neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The 65-year-old man was shot in the face while inside his home in the 8300 block of West Forest Preserve Avenue around 2:40 this morning. Police say the gunman walked up on foot and fired into the house. There are now nine bullet holes in the back wall and window sill. Investigators have not given a motive for the […]

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    Lollapalooza 2015 lineup features Paul McCartney, Sam Smith

    CHICAGO — Three-day and single-day passes for Lollapalooza are sold out. But, V.I.P. and Platinum passes are still available. The single-day passes went on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. for $110. The three-day passes went on sale Tuesday morning and sold out. Paul McCartney will play on the opening night of the festival on Friday, July 31. Other headliners include Metallica, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine and Alabama Shakes. FULL LOLLAPALOOZA LINEUP HERE The festival is in Grant Park […]

  • Chase customers denied Lollapalooza tickets

    CHICAGO– Lollapalooza three-day passes went on sale Tuesday—and sold out shortly after. Three-day passes to the festival started at an early bird rate of $250. The price increased to $275 once the first batch was gone. As they have in the past, tickets sold out in less than an hour and Lollapalooza goer’s had to act fast if they wanted to get the best rate available. But time wasn’t the issue for some people. Some Chase customers said they had […]

  • New lawsuit challenges Chicago’s speed and red light cameras

    CHICAGO — A new lawsuit accuses Chicago of ignoring due process when enforcing its system of red-light and speed cameras. According to the Sun-Times, the suit claims Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration violated its own rules by not issuing a second notices before it started giving fines. The suit claims the city failed to specify the make of the vehicle, which is required under state law. It also says the city assesses late penalties before the legally required 25-day grace period. […]

  • Chicagoans react to spring snow in Chicago

    CHICAGO — So much for spring – winter staged a comeback to start off the week. Even die hard Chicagoans are done with the snow and cold. WGN’s Tonya Francisco talked to some of them. For the latest weather updates, go to

  • FBI agents raid office of alleged con man

    CHICAGO– Our cameras were rolling Thursday as FBI agents raided the Logan Square office of United Construction of America, one of many businesses owned by Mark Diamond. Federal officials will only say they were executing a court-authorized search warrant as part of an ongoing criminal matter, but sources say they were looking for evidence to build a case against Mark Diamond, stemming in part from a WGN investigation we first told you about back in January. In our story, Dorothy […]

  • Possible candidates emerge after Rep. Aaron Schock resigns

    WASHINGTON — Congressman Aaron Schock has resigned after weeks of scrutiny over his spending. The Republican from Peoria says the constant questions have become too much of a distraction, and made it too difficult for him to serve. Schock will step down at the end of March. “I do this with a heavy heart.  Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life,” Schock wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “I thank […]

  • Nurse suspended after 3 suspicious deaths at nursing home

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill.  — A nurse has been suspended following three suspicious deaths at an area nursing home. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined one of those deaths was a homicide. Police are now investigating whether the other two deaths were caused by a lethal dose of pain killers. 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd died the day after six residents of Holland Home were hospitalized Feb. 3 for unknown causes. Two other residents among those six who were hospitalized died earlier […]

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    Geneva man found guilty of murder in wife’s death

    GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A 47-year-old Geneva man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in his wife’s death. Shadwick King was accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, and leaving her body alongside railroad tracks after her body was found July 6 less than a mile from the couple’s home. Prosecutors claimed King suffocated his 32-year-old wife in a jealous rage and tried to stage her body to make it look like she died when she was out running. The […]

  • Willis Tower sold for $1.3 billion

    Chicago — The Willis Tower has a new owner. The Blackstone Group is a private real estate investment team. Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the tower. The company announced this morning that the papers have been signed. The 110-story tower is the second-tallest building in America, and the fifth tallest office building in the world. Blackstone executives plan to expand the tower’s retail area, and market the 103rd floor Skydeck more aggressively. This morning’s […]


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