Tonya Francisco

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
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    Cubs win, but so do Pirates: Wednesday’s wild-card game will be in Pittsburgh

    MILWAUKEE –The National League Wild Card game is set. The Chicago Cubs will hit the road and play the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night. Cubs Starter Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) will take the mound against the Pirates’ Gerritt Cole, (19-8, 2.60 ERA). The teams for the wild card game have been known for days, but the location was decided on the final day of the regular season. The Cubs needed a win, and a Pirates loss, to have the game […]

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    Chicago police announce new strategies against rise in gun violence

    CHICAGO — The numbers say it all – 60 people were murdered in Chicago in the month of September alone. The month had consecutive weekends with over 50 people shot. It’s also the deadliest September since 2002. Overall, in 2015, murders are up 21 percent and shootings are up 19 percent in the city. Police officials blame the availability of illegal guns and repeat offenders on the streets. According to CPD, police recovered more than 5,419 illegal guns, and made […]

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    Suspect taken into custody after chase on West Side

    CHICAGO— A man is in custody after leading Chicago police on a high-speed chase on the West Side Tuesday afternoon. The chase ended in the 200 block of North Central Ave around 5:45 pm. According to witnesses, at some point during the pursuit, police were chasing the driver who was behind the wheel of a newer black jeep Cherokee and traveling northbound.  A few short minutes later, witnesses say the same thing but the vehicle was heading in the opposite direction. […]

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    3 dead, 2 injured in Fuller Park shooting

    CHICAGO — Three people died and two others were injured in a shooting in the city’s Fuller Park neighborhood. The shooting happened just after midnight Tuesday in the 300-block of West 42nd Street. A 22-year-old woman and two men, ages 25 and 30, were killed. Another woman was shot in the leg and is hospitalized. Another man was also shot. The victims were all standing on the sidewalk when two men fired shots from a nearby alley. The sister of […]

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    2-year-old boy shot in leg inside Grand Crossing home

    CHICAGO — A 2-year-old was shot in the leg in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. This happened just before 2 a.m. at 70th and Harper. The 2-year old boy suffered a graze wound to the leg inside a home. The child is in the hospital in good condition. Police say it appears to be an accident. Detectives are questioning a relative.

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    Ferris wheel takes final spin at Chicago’s Navy Pier

    CHICAGO — The Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier has taken its last spin before getting replaced with one that’s nearly 50 feet taller. The wheel installed in 1995 had its final go-around Sunday evening, and its dismantling was set to begin Monday morning. About 30,000 people lined up to ride the Ferris wheel this past weekend. Navy Pier Inc. spokesman Nick Shields says the Ferris wheel is expected to be gone by the end of October, with the new 196-foot […]

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    Chicago man says help with city’s violence lies in historic book

    It’s no secret Chicago has a serious problem when it comes to violence. So far, efforts to curb it have fallen short but could it be that we’ve been looking for the answer in the all the wrong places? WGN’s Tonya Francisco has found a man who believes the answer lies in a historic book.

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    Attorney for Patrick Kane’s accuser says rape kit was tampered with

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The lawyer for a woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane says an empty evidence bag was improperly left in the doorway of the woman’s mother’s home. Thomas Eoannou said Wednesday that the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted. Eoannou wants the FBI or state police to probe how the bag left the custody of investigators. Eoannou says it’s not clear […]

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    Attorney for Patrick Kane’s accuser to hold news conference today

    BUFFALO, New York – The first news conference from the attorney who represents a woman alleging she was raped by Patrick Kane will be held today. The Buffalo News reports the news conference will take place at 1 p.m. EST. An assistant in the lawyer’s  office declined to discuss the specific subject matter of the press conference or to say whether the alleged victim will be there. Kane is accused of assaulting a woman last month at his home near […]

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    Son of slain Fox Lake officer fights back against reports that dad committed suicide

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — There’s new information in the killing of Illinois Police Detective Joe Gliniewicz. He was found dead three weeks ago shortly after telling a dispatcher he was pursuing three suspicious men on foot. His killing sparked a major manhunt in a resort community north of Chicago. Officials said Monday they’ve received results on two key tests: gun residue and ballistics. A task force spokesman said DNA evidence found at the scene, which does not belong to Gliniewicz, is […]


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