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.

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    Woman charged with lying to police in Fox Lake manhunt was involved in similar case in 2014

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The woman charged with lying to police investigating the murder of a Fox Lake officer appeared in court this morning. Prosecutors revealed that 30-year-old Kristin Kiefer was involved in a similar case last year. Police launched a massive manhunt near Routes 12 and 120 last night after Kiefer reported the men tried to jump into her car. Police say she eventually admitted she made up the story to get attention. Lake County prosecutors say Kiefer filed a […]

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    Chicago-bound flight diverted, 6 detained after disturbance on plane

    CHICAGO — A flight from San Diego to Chicago had to make an unscheduled landing in Texas when a group of men created a disturbance. The flight has since arrived at Midway airport. Southwest Flight 1522 was ordered to land in Amarillo, Texas after six men, who were part of a San Diego soccer team, began talking loudly, acting rudely and eventually fighting with the crew, according to passengers. Fellow passengers say there were no violent altercations. The men were detained […]

  • 3 killed after car hits tree in unincorporated Ingleside

    INGLESIDE, Ill. — Three people were killed after their car hit a tree and burst into flames in unincorporated Ingleside, according to authorities. The accident happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at Rollins Road Near W. Lake Shore Drive. Investigators are still searching for clues as to how the car ended up off the road after slamming head on into a tree and burst into flames. People driving by saw the flames and tried to pull the victims from the vehicle before […]

  • Suspect in custody after chase on South Side kills 1, paralyzes another

    CHICAGO — A 66-year-old man died after being hit by a car that was being chased by police on the city’s South Side. At about 7:35 p.m. Monday, officers pulled over a 26-year-old man driving a dark blue Pontiac for an alleged traffic violation near 75th Street and Saint Lawrence Avenue. The driver is accused of speeding away, running a red light at 75th and King Drive, and striking another car. He then allegedly hit Willie Owens, who was in the street working […]

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    Man, 23, fatally shot in Logan Square

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a deadly shooting on the Northwest Side. Isaac Acevedo Jr., 23, was found shot to death just after 1 a.m. Thursday in the Logan Square neighborhood. Acevedo was in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle traveling south near North Central Park Avenue and West Schubert Avenue, when a white SUV pulled up next to them and someone inside started firing. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Acevedo’s girlfriend, who was driving him home […]

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    Lightning strike causes house fire in Darien

    DARIEN, Ill. — A lightning strike caused a home to catch fire in the Pinehurst subdivision in southwest suburban Darien. A neighbor saw lightning hit the roof of the house in the 1500 block of Pine View Court at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The lightning blew a big hole in the roof and sparked a fire in the attic and a second-floor bedroom. The homeowner and his dog escaped without injury. He told his neighbors he was watching the Cubs […]

  • Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of Chicago area, more rain expected today

    CHICAGO —  Heavy storms Monday night dumped two to five inches of rain on the area and we’re expecting another round of storms later today. High water blocked several viaducts, including the ramp to Lake Shore Drive at Michigan and Oak. There was a lot of flooding along the inbound Eisenhower. Two lanes were closed for about an hour. One man we spoke with says he tried to warn people before driving on the ramps. The flooding was so bad […]

  • Kennedy shooting is 26th expressway shooting this year

    CHICAGO — The Illinois State Police says it is working to increase its expressway patrols after an early morning shooting on the Kennedy Expressway this morning. The shooting remains under investigation.  It was the 26th shooting on an area expressway this year. Just after 5 a.m., a man was driving to work at O’Hare heading outbound on the Kennedy.  His fiancé says an SUV cut over into his lane began shooting near Sayre Ave. The SUV followed him until he got […]

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    Golden Knights parachutist dies after accident at Chicago Air & Water Show

    CHICAGO — A parachutist with the US Army Golden Knights has died after a mid-air collision at the Air and Water Show. Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood died Sunday at Northwestern Hospital. He was 32. On Saturday, he was involved in a mid-air accident with Tim Holland, a member of the US Navy parachute team. Holland broke his leg, but landed on North Avenue Beach. Holland’s parents tell WGN that he and Hood collided at about 120 miles per hour. After […]

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    Alleged victim went to Kane’s house to accompany friend: report

    HAMBURG, NY — The rape investigation of Patrick Kane has led to a few more reported details. The alleged victim’s friends are telling The Buffalo News when Patrick Kane invited her and friend back to his house she didn`t want to go, but she went because her friend wanted to and she didn`t want her to go alone. The woman claims on the morning of August 2, Kane overpowered her and raped her in his home outside of Buffalo after […]


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