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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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    CPD head calls for firing of 7 officers for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called for seven officers to be fired for lying about the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald Thursday, the same day the man who shot McDonald, former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, appeared for a status hearing as he awaits trial on murder charges. Johnson’s move comes only several days after the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson delivered a scathing report concerning how the matter was handled internally by the Chicago Police Department. Among Ferguson’s findings: […]

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    2 U.S. swimmers removed from flight in Rio amid robbery investigation

    RIO DE JANEIRO — American Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were pulled off their flight from Rio de Janeiro to the United States overnight and have been ordered to stay in Brazil until they give police a statement over an alleged robbery. The athletes and two other swimmers, Ryan Lochte and James Feigen, reported being robbed at gunpoint early Sunday in a taxi bound for the Olympic Village by individuals posing as armed police officers, the US Olympic Committee […]

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    City of Chicago holds meetings on police accountability

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is taking input from the community on police accountability and the future of the Independent Police Review Authority. The city council’s subcommittee on police accountability hearing got under way at 10 a.m. at City Hall. Aldermen hope to get enough community input to put together a police accountability ordinance to introduce at September’s City Council meeting. At a community input meeting in East Garfield Park Wednesday night, they got an earful. Community members described IPRA as […]

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    Woman, 85, and son found dead in rural Sycamore home; killer on loose

    SYCAMORE, lll. — Two people were found beaten to death in a home in west suburban Sycamore, and police are searching for their killer. 85-year-old Patricia Wilson and her 64-year-old son Robert Wilson were discovered in the home in the 16000 block of Old State Road around 5:55 p.m. Monday. Investigators say they died from “apparent blunt force trauma.” The Wilson’s white 2010 four-door Chevy Impala is missing — it has the license number: 903 0980. It appears the killer forced their way […]

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    Shots fired in second night of Milwaukee protests after fatal police shooting

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin –After a weekend of furor, violence and calls for peace, Milwaukee residents struggle to find calm in a city long marred by racial tensions. The turmoil ignited after Saturday’s shooting death of an armed African-American man, Sylville Smith, by a black police officer. More chaos took place during a protest early Monday in northern Milwaukee when bullets and other objects flew. Shots rang out in three locations, and an 18-year-old man who was struck in the neck has […]

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    Son of CPD officer fatally shot in Wrightwood

    CHICAGO — A young man was shot and killed in the Wrightwood neighborhood just after midnight Sunday. Family members identified him as the son of a Chicago police officer and a future journalist. Family, friends and Chicago fellow police officers scrubbed the blood from the sidewalk in front of the family home where 19-year-old Arshell Dennis III, also known as Trey, was killed. It was just after midnight in the 2900 block of West 82nd Street where Edwards and some friends had just come back […]

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    Chicago-area students get a taste of the Democratic National Convention

    CHICAGO — A couple of political newbies from the Chicago area are getting a taste of their first convention. Before they head off to college, they’re learning a big lesson about the sometimes messy art of compromise. Wgn’s Tonya Francisco has the report – watch in the video player above

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    Hillary Clinton makes history, accepts Democratic nomination

    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton beamed with emotion as she took the convention stage to become the first woman ever to accept a major U.S. party’s presidential nomination. “It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Clinton appeared almost overcome with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, […]

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    Did the DNC throw Emanuel `under the bus` for healthcare reform warnings?

    PHILADELPHIA–A video highlighting President Barack Obama’s time office in was shown at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, but it may not have painted Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the best light – at least in the eyes of fellow Democrats. The narrator in the DNC video says Emanuel – then Mr. Obama’s chief of staff – tried to talk the president into dropping the health care law because he was concerned the president wouldn’t get re-elected in 2012. At a democratic […]

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    Chicago-area college student pushing for better life after chosen to work at DNC

    CHICAGO — We report all too often on the gun violence that cuts short the lives of young people in our city.  But one Chicago-area college student is trying to re-write that script, and the Democratic National Convention could end up being her ticket to a better life. At first glance, Christine Williams, 19, looks like every other volunteer working at the Wells Fargo Center. She checks DNC credentials and shows people to their seats. But, this Aurora University sophomore is […]