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
  • Photo shows 2 Chicago cops posing over black man wearing deer antlers

      CHICAGO — An offensive photo taken a decade ago has cost a Chicago police officer his job. Now it has gone public as he fights to get his job back. The police department reportedly fought to keep this photo from being released.   And now that it’s out, it couldn’t come at a worse time as they work to repair its relationship with the African-American community.  But the lawyer for one of the officer’s in the photo says it’s not […]

  • GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is campaigning in the Chicago area today. The first-term senator from Kentucky made his first stop this morning at the New Beginnings Church on the South Side to discuss what he calls “failed liberal policies in Chicago.” He also has an event at the Merchandise Mart and tonight in suburban Lisle.

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    Shooting victims spotlighted after violent Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO — Following a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, a Cook County Commissioner Tuesday shined a spotlight on victims of gun violence and proposed ways to curb it. Shootings in the city from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning wounded 44 people and killed 12 others. County Commissioner Richard Boykin unveiled a collage of victims of gun violence.  The memorial honored the more than 600 people shot and 140 wounded in Chicago from Jan. 1 through early May. Boykin introduced […]

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    Sheriff’s SWAP program helps clean up North Side cemetery

    CHICAGO — An historic Chicago cemetery has fallen into disrepair, and a program run by the Cook County Sheriff’s office is stepping in to help out. Jewish Graceland Cemetery is located on Clark Street, just south of Irving Park Road. It is actually four different parcels. The two middle parcels are well kept, being taken care of by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. It is the two outer parcels, owned by Doris Weiss-Evon, that have fallen into disrepair. Cook County Sheriff […]

  • Man gets 43 years in fatal Naperville bar stabbing

    WHEATON, Ill. — A man who fatally stabbed an elementary school teacher during a confrontation at a nightclub has been sentenced to over 40 years in prison today. Robert Berlin, the Dupage County prosecutor says this case shows the horrific social cost of crime.  And the family of Shaun Wild — the man who was killed — says they are pleased as they can be with the sentence. 43 years is the sentence Daniel Olaska received for the fatal stabbing […]

  • New developments in trial of Chicago police commander

    CHICAGO — An unexpected move in court Wednesday by prosecutors in the case against Chicago police commander Glenn Evans as they requested and received a delay in the start of the trial. It was scheduled to begin June 22. Prosecutors said, “something has come up,” but did not give specific details. Apparently, the Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is conducting an investigation that may have some bearing on the case. Commander Evans did not speak to reporters as he left […]

  • Sheriff names psychologist to head Cook County Jail

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has picked a clinical psychologist to serve as head of the Cook County Jail. Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail later this month. Tapia joined the sheriff’s office in 2013 and has been overseeing mental health strategy. Dart says 25%-35% of the inmates suffer from mental illness and the percentage has grown in recent years as the number of mental health facilities has fallen. Tapia says most of […]

  • Rahm Emanuel sworn in for second-term as Chicago mayor today

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn into office Monday for a second term as leader of the nation’s third-largest city. The ceremony for Emanuel, 50 aldermen and citywide elected officials was held at the Chicago Theatre. There also will be open houses at City Hall for the public. Former President Bill Clinton and former Mayor Richard Daley attended the event. Emanuel worked for Clinton when he was Arkansas governor and president. Emanuel first took office in 2011. […]

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    No charges against Zion police in fatal shooting of teen Justus Howell

    ZION, Ill. — Prosecutors will not charge the Zion police officer who fatally shot a 17-year-old in the back last month, Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim announced Thursday. Nerheim concluded that the officer committed no crime in shooting Justus Howell twice in the back April 4 and that the shooting was justified. Activists had accused Lake County authorities of bias and called for murder charges against the officer. Authorities, meanwhile, have asked for patience and promised a thorough investigation. […]

  • Man arrested after firing gun on Megabus from Chicago

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A man had to be removed from a Megabus after he fired a gun onboard. The bus was going from Chicago to Madison, when a gun was fired inside the bathroom. Passengers say the man came out and started harassing the driver, grabbed her and made a play for the wheel. Witnesses say that gun clip was fully loaded. One of the passengers jumped in to help the driver, and confronted the armed man. “He was […]


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