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
  • Wintry mix causes dangerous road conditions

    CHICAGO — Early morning snow and sleet made for a treacherous commute. WGN’s Tonya Francisco was out on Chicago area roads this morning and has the latest. For the latest weather updates go to

  • Father delivers baby in car just off Eisenhower Expressway

    CHICAGO –A surprise delivery happened early Monday morning for a pregnant woman and her husband who were on their way to the hospital. Javier Sanchez says his wife starting feeling more contractions, so he called 911 and pulled off the Eisenhower Expressway at Austin. The baby was born before paramedics could arrive. Sanchez says mom and baby are doing well and were taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. Dr. Donald Reese treated the baby and mother when they […]

  • ‘Chuy’ Garcia: I want the Obama library in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The Obama Presidential Library is becoming a part of the Chicago mayoral race. Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is clarifying comments he made about where it would be located. Over the weekend, there was a report that Garcia said he didn’t want it to be built on the South Side park land. Garcia is now clarifying that he is opposed to the library being built on public park space. He says he supports the South Side or West […]

  • Snow snarls traffic on Chicago area roads

    CHICAGO — Lake-effect snow is causing a mess on area roadways Thursday. Follow @ChicagoDrives for the latest travel updates More resources:

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    Rahm Emanuel, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia to meet in April runoff

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must face a runoff election after failing to capture a majority vote for a second term. The former White House chief of staff tells supporters he’s ready to hit Chicago Transit Authority stops on Wednesday morning. He wasn’t able to get a majority vote in Tuesday’s municipal election over four challengers. That means he’ll have run again on April 7 against runner-up, Cook County Commission Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Emanuel addressed his supporters Tuesday night, […]

  • Chicago voters head to the polls on Election Day

    CHICAGO –Chicagoans are going to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, aldermen and other city races. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping to avoid a runoff re-election bid as voters head to the polls. Tuesday’s contest decides whether the former White House chief of staff will get a second term right away or have to face a challenger in an April contest. Emanuel needs 50 percent plus 1 vote to avoid a runoff. Four challengers hope to deny him […]

  • Chicago-area mall manager says ‘no imminent threat’ after new terror video

    SKOKIE, Ill. — A new video from the African terror group Al-Shabaab calls upon so-called “lone wolf” terrorists to carry out attacks on shopping malls in America, Canada and Britain. The video identifies mall manager Westfield as a potential target. There is no specific threat to any Chicago area malls but Westfield operates the Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, the Hawthorn shopping center in Vernon Hills and the Fox Valley shopping center in Aurora. This afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary […]

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    Extreme cold leaves Greyhound passengers stranded

    CHICAGO — The extreme cold caused dozens of people to spend the night at a Greyhound station. This was at the bus station on Harrison. It was full of people who had their trips canceled by Greyhound because of weather. Some of the passengers we talked to said they did not know when they would be able to leave. Stranded passengers tell us they were not offered accommodations, and that Greyhound told them to stay at the station in case […]

  • First Cook County criminal trial with courtroom cameras underway

    CHICAGO — Cook County’s first criminal trial with courtroom cameras began Wednesday afternoon. Timothy Jones is charged with murder, for leading police on what proved to be a fatal high-speed chase. Jacqueline Reynolds died two years ago, when a police SUV that was chasing Jones, crashed into her car. Jones was wanted for armed robbery at an apartment at 78th and Ellis. Reynolds’ family is suing the police department for wrongful death.

  • Warming centers open as Chicagoans battle brutal cold

    CHICAGO –The bitter cold can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of older people. Oak Street Health Community Centers will serve as warming centers for seniors to ensure they are safe and warm. The warming centers will be open Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be offering free coffee, hot chocolate, tea and entertainment. For more info, go to: For the latest weather updates go to


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