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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
  • Chicago police issue community alert after women attacked in South Loop

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are issuing a community alert about a string of robberies that have taken place in the South Loop in the month of January. They say an unidentified male has been approaching women from behind a street or sidewalk, pushing them, punching them in the face, knocking them to the ground sometimes, and then taking their purse or cell phone. The times have varied but the locations are around the same area in the South Loop: – […]

  • Ernie Banks statue now at Daley Plaza through Saturday

    CHICAGO — A steady stream of fans paraded through Daley Plaza Wednesday to view the stature of late Cubs great Ernie Banks. A crew delivered and installed the statue overnight for a four-day public memorial. As fans snapped pictures of the statue,  Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Banks’ widow to lay a wreath at the statue late Wednesday morning. Other notables stopped by Daley Plaza to honor “Mr. Cub,” including Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts and Cubs super fan, Ronnie “Woo-Woo” Wickers. […]

  • 14 years each for Chicago twins who ran major US drug ring

    CHICAGO —A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Prosecutors asked for leniency for Pedro and Margarito Flores at Tuesday’s sentencing in recognition of their decision to become informants. Prosecutors have portrayed the 33-year-old brothers as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in history. Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo said they had […]

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    Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on Mexican cartel

    CHICAGO — The twin brothers from Chicago are reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent U.S. history. Pedro and Margarito Flores will be sentenced Tuesday at federal court in their hometown amid tight security. They pleaded guilty at a secret 2012 hearing to running a nearly $2 billion U.S. trafficking franchise. Their partners included Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The risk of reprisals to them and anyone associated with them […]

  • Reverse mortgage scam targets elderly women

    Tears slowly roll down the face of 88-year-old Lillie Williams as she worries about losing her home of more than 40 years. “I know I ain’t ready to give up my house And 64-year-old Dorothy Pruitt holds her head in disbelief as she thinks about how much money she’s lost remodeling her home. “He scammed, he lied.” Both women say they were the victims of this man Mark Diamond… a cunning contractor seen in this picture taken during a deposition […]

  • Skokie police search for man missing 2 fingers in attempted child abduction

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Skokie police are looking for a man who is missing two fingers in connection with an attempted child abduction. The 13-year-old girl told police the man approached her as she was leaving Old Orchard Junior High School on Tuesday. She said he asked her for directions to a restaurant, then grabbed her and pulled her toward his SUV. The girl hit him with padlocks she had in her backpack, and ran off. Police say the man is […]

  • Mayor Emanuel wants land for presidential library

    The City of Chicago is taking a major step in its bid to land Barack Obama’s presidential library. This morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will propose an ordinance that would convert at least 20 acres of public park property to city-owned land — land that could be used for the library. The University of Chicago wants to build the library in either Jackson Park or Washington Park. Park activists say any transfer of parkland would forever erase valuable open land; neighbors […]

  • Police search for 2nd suspect in Joliet convenience store shootout

    JOLIET, Ill. — A bungled robbery at a Joliet convenience store left the store clerk and one of the robbers dead. Police have now identified the gunman who was killed as 24-year old Troy Norris of Joliet. The second robber is still being sought. Witnesses say the two men wore masks when the one with the gun announced the holdup at the Gardner Food Mart Monday afternoon. Clerk Mohammad Eid, 24, pulled out his own gun. They exchanged fire. Eid […]

  • Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Glendale Heights — but no word yet from winner

    GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — And the winner is … well, we still don’t know. But lottery officials say the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was bought at the Bucky’s mobile gas station at the corner of North Avenue and Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights, Illinois. It has people dreaming of what they would do with all that money. The winning numbers, 26, 32, 44, 58 and 45 — plus the Mega Ball of 11 – were drawn Friday night, and […]

  • Crossing guard seriously injured in hit-and-run on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — Police are still looking for the driver who hit and injured a school crossing-guard on the city’s Far South Side. It happened Monday at about 4 p.m. near 127th and Union. Police say children were crossing the street when 27-year-old Kristy Young was hit. Her sister told WGN’s Tonya Francisco that Young is at Christ Hospital being treated for  a  hole in her liver, a broken arm and leg, and a concussion. The vehicle is being described as […]


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