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
  • Opening statements begin in 2012 police shooting

    CHICAGO — For the first time in a little more than 15 years a Chicago police officer is on trial for his use of deadly force. A judge heard opening statements today, three years after off duty Chicago detective Donte Servin opened fire on a group of people killing one and injuring another. The case is also being drawn into of a national debate over police brutality. In this case Officer Servin, who is Hispanic, was off duty at the […]

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    Mother charged after 8-year-old son accidentally shot in Lawndale home

    CHICAGO –A mother faces charges after her son was accidentally shot in their home in Lawndale. Micquelyn Biles will be in bond court today. She is charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Biles’ 8-year-old son was shot when another juvenile found the gun and fired it Tuesday. Police say Biles told officers she didn’t know the gun was in the apartment. But investigators say that was a lie and the gun belonged to her boyfriend. The boyfriend has not […]

  • Girl found in Prospect Heights forest preserve identified

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — A 3-year-old girl found wandering alone near a Cook cCunty forest preserve is safe with family tonight and authorities are investigating the girl’s father. Three good Samaritans found the girl crying near the intersection of Milwaukee and Palatine roads yesterday evening. The girl knew her first name, but not much else. Once her picture was released relatives came forward. Police are not talking to the girl’s father to find out how she was left all alone.

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    Hostage-barricade situation on Northwest Side ends

    CHICAGO — No one was injured in a hostage incident this morning on the Northwest Side. It started around 6:20 a-m in an apartment building near Harlem and Wellington, in the Belmont Heights neighborhood. Police blocked off streets in the area and called in a SWAT team after learning that a man armed with a gun had kicked his wife out of their apartment and barricaded himself with their two children, aged four and nine. After police spoke with the […]

  • Wrigley Field neighbors complain noise level is louder than previous years

    CHICAGO — The renovation of Wrigley Field has already produced a couple of big problems. Neighbors complain that noise from the ballpark is much more intense since the new outfield video boards went up. The ball club promises to lower the volume of its speakers. The Cubs are also rushing portable toilets to Wrigley, as they repair plumbing problems in two upper-deck restrooms. Some people had to wait in line for more than an hour during Sunday’s opener. The regular […]

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia

    Final day of campaigning for Chicago mayoral candidates

    CHICAGO — The candidates for Chicago mayor have a packed schedule today – the final day of campaigning before Election Day on Tuesday. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking a second term on Tuesday. He was unable to win the necessary majority in the February election, meaning he’s locked in a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia. Emanuel and Garcia started the morning early looking to capture the votes of the undecided. Emanuel had breakfast at Ann Sathers with […]

  • Robbers set up fake road blocks, then attack drivers on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a group of robbers have been using fake road blocks to attack drivers. This is happening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side. It’s happened twice in the last five days in the 300 and 400 blocks of west 51st Street, around 6 p.m. After drivers stop to move a construction barrel blocking the street, three or four suspects start attacking and robbing them. Police have only released vague descriptions of the suspects.

  • 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 […]


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