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
  • Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

    A middle school in north suburban Skokie will be closed again Thursday due to anonymous threats delivered over social media. Administrators with Skokie School District 73 1/2 sent a letter to parents telling them they’re working with Skokie police to investigate a series of Instagram posts that have been shared with some sixth grade students at Oliver McCracken Middle School. Village officials said in a statement that administrators told police Monday of “inappropriate and threatening communication received by students via […]

  • Suspected serial killer refuses to speak at first court appearance

    A man charged with strangling one woman, and suspected of killing of six others, refuses to speak at his first court hearing in Indiana on Wednesday morning. Police say 43 year-old Darren Deon Vann has confessed to killing seven women, but so far, he is only charged with strangling 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy in a motel in Hammond on Friday night. Three other women were also found dead in vacant buildings in Gary, and charges against Vann in those deaths could […]

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    1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at Dixmoor home

    Police have no suspects in custody in a shooting that killed a south suburban man and left his two younger brothers badly wounded. DeAnthony Jackson, 32, and his brothers were all shot during a home invasion last night at their family home near 143rd and Paulina. Police aren’t giving details of what started it; but a family friend says one of the brothers got into an argument with some people last week, and they threatened to return to the home […]

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    Suspected serial killer tells police he “messed up:” 7 bodies found in northwest Indiana

    Investigators in Hammond have identified the suspected serial killer as 43-year old Darren Vann. Vann was arrested Friday night after a the body of 19-year old Afrikka Hardy was found at a Motel 6 in Hammond.  She had been strangled. With Vann’s help, investigators have since discovered the bodies of six other women in Gary. Vann told investigators he had “messed up” by committing the crime in Hammond and was surprised how quickly he was located after the incident. He […]

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    Man accused of shooting 2 McHenry County deputies in court today

    Authorities have arrested a man suspected in the shooting of two McHenry County Sheriff deputies Thursday morning. The McHenry County Sheriff  apprehended 52-year old Scott Peters around 5 p.m in Crystal Lake several miles from his home. Peters has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Peters has a military background and had been on the run for over 15 hours. The incident began early Thursday morning when officers responded […]

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    2nd U.S. health worker with Ebola flew from Cleveland to Dallas day before symptoms

    The second Dallas health care worker with Ebola was on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday — the day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Because of the proximity in time between the Monday evening flight and the first report of her illness, the CDC wants to interview all 132 passengers on her flight — Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth, which landed at 8:16 p.m. CT Monday, […]

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    Dozens injured when Chicago-bound Megabus crashes on I-65 in Indiana

    A tour bus heading to Chicago and carrying dozens of people flipped over in Indiana. The Megabus was headed to Chicago from Georgia when it crashed  at 4:25 a.m. on Interstate 65 in the northbound lanes near mile marker 98 in Greenwood, Indiana. According to Indiana State Police, officers were initially sent to the area for a car crash, but when they arrived on scene they also discovered an overturned tour bus. Police say the bus crashed while trying to […]

  • New push to repair potholes in Chicago year round

    A new push in the city to repair potholes on the streets of Chicago. Mayor Emanuel wants to raise the parking tax again by two full percentage points. That increase will raise the $10 million needed to double the current number of crews filling potholes and repairing streets. The city will fix streets year-round with that additional money. So far this year, the city has filled more than 750,000 potholes, and repaved nearly 355 miles of streets and alleys.

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    3 dead in Palos Hills small plane crash

    A small plane crashed in southwest suburban Palos Hills Sunday night, killing all three people aboard. The FAA reports the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron departed from Midway Airport headed to Lawrence, Kansas, when it crashed around 10:40 p.m. It went down in a field in the 10100 block of South 86th Court, narrowly missing several homes. NTSB investigators arrived at dawn and began combing through the shattered wreckage of the six-seater, which was registered to a company in Lawrence. Audio recordings […]

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    Chicago police captain shot in Englewood standoff; 1 man in custody, 1 dead

    A Chicago Police Captain wounded during a long stand-off in the Englewood neighborhood is hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition, but is expected to survive. Captain Edward Kulbida suffered a graze wound to the head, and was also shot in the shoulder. He is said to be cracking jokes, and is surrounded by family and fellow officers. “I just was so grateful that he was alive, and I said ‘Officer, God protected you and the angels were watching over you, and […]


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