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.

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    7 tornadoes struck Illinois Wednesday night

    PONTIAC, Ill. — Severe weather ripped through the Chicago area and portions of Illinois Wednesday night. At least seven separate tornadoes touched down, and the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday where they hit: Pontiac: EF2 Marseilles to Seneca: EF2 Cissna Park: EF1 West Brooklyn: EF1 Ottawa: EF Troy Grove: EF1 Mazon: EF0 Tornadoes and storms caused damage in other towns as well, such as Piper City, Paw Paw, Leland, Earlville, Sheridan, Marseilles, Chatsworth, Troy Grove, Compton and West Brooklyn. The storms appeared to hit hardest in […]


    Woman called hero for saving great-grandchildren from fire that took her life

    BELLWOOD, Ill. — An elderly woman is being called a hero after rescuing her great-grandchildren from a fire that took her own life. Annie Lee Cooley, 87, died in the fire that started around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at 3321 Wilcox, in west suburban Bellwood.. She was able to lift her great-grandchildren out through a window to someone outside, but was unable to get out of the burning home herself.  Cooley died from smoke inhalation. Several others in the home at the time […]

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    `Hamilton` fans camp out for chance to see hit musical

    CHICAGO — Tickets go on sale this morning for the Chicago run of the hit musical “Hamilton.” Some excited fans have been in line since yesterday. Tickets will be available at the PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) starting at 10 a.m. for performances from September 27 to March 19, 2017, and range in price from $65-$180. It’s the hottest ticket in town. The line already stretches several blocks away from the theater. Star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show […]

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    Rauner cancels plans to attend Juneteenth event after threats of protests

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Rauner is scrapping plans to attend a Juneteenth celebration at the DuSable Museum after protestors threatened to disrupt the event. Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The governor was planning to attend a ceremony at DuSable later today. But protestors argued his appearance would be hypocritical because of his actions during the state budget crisis. The governor’s office said he canceled his appearance due to safety […]

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    CTA #11 bus returns to Lincoln Avenue

    CHICAGO — Buses began rolling again today on Lincoln Avenue along parts of the CTA #11 bus route where service was cut nearly four years ago. It is only temporary, but the people behind the grassroots effort to get the bus service restored believe if they can get the word out that it’s back, they can make it permanent. Dozens of passengers boarded the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus today for the first time since service was cut. It is a […]

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    24 CPS schools test positive for lead; meetings to be held next week

    CHICAGO — A high level of lead has been found in the drinking water at another CPS school, bringing the total to 24 schools. Tonti Elementary School on the city’s Southwest Side has a drinking fountain with lead levels several times higher than what the EPA considers safe. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the lead problem is “personal.” His father was a pediatrician who led the fight to ban lead paint. Emanuel says the city will test all CPS schools. Public meetings […]

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    Disney gator attack: 2-year-old believed dead as rescue turns to recovery

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — The 2-year-old boy who was grabbed Tuesday night by an alligator near a Walt Disney World resort hotel is believed dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday. Demings noted that it has been 15 hours since the attack and rescue officials are trying to recover the body. The boy’s family was at movie night outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort when around 9 p.m. the boy waded into about a foot of water in […]

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    Alligator drags child into lake at Disney resort in Orlando

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — An alligator snatched a 2-year-old boy Tuesday night in a lagoon at a Disney hotel near Orlando as his father desperately tried to save him. A frantic overnight search to find the boy was unsuccessful, authorities said, but efforts are continuing Wednesday morning. “This is still a search and rescue operation,” said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “We are very hopeful. We are hoping for the best.” The child was […]

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    Security enhanced in Chicago’s LGBT communities in wake of Orlando massacre

    CHICAGO — With Chicago’s annual Pride Parade just two weeks away, the Orlando massacre is raising concerns about security for the marchers and spectators. The Chicago Police Department is beefing up its street presence in the Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Boystown neighborhoods, as the city prepares for Pride Festival which kicks off this weekend. There are extra car and foot patrols in neighbors with large gay communities. But the CPD says there is no intelligence indicating any elevated risk of a […]

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    Teen charged with shooting of 6-year-old girl on Northwest Side

      CHICAGO — The 17-year-old boy accused of shooting a little girl as she was playing with other children earlier this week is expected to appear in Juvenile Court today, charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. Police say he has been positively identified as the person who was driving the car and fired the shots that hit 6-year-old Jaylene Bermeo. Jaylene is still in the hospital and the bullet is still inside her body, but she’s expected to make […]