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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
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    Another smash-and-grab robbery at clothing store in North Austin

    Another smash-and-grab crime has been reported, this time in the North Austin neighborhood. Chicago police say a pickup truck crashed through the wall of J-Bees clothing store, in the 5200 block of west North Avenue, shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday. Then 20 people rushed into the store, and helped themselves to the merchandise. The store manager tells WGN, the thieves took jeans valued at $700 per pair as well as Pelle Coats worth $600 each. He says the truck also […]

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    Protesters at Chicago City Hall over Ferguson decision

    Chicago protesters unhappy about a grand jury’s decision not to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown are demonstrating at City Hall. They are not planning to leave anytime soon, either. The Black Youth Project 100 is calling for an end to the militarization of the police. Members claim a police officer or security guard shoots and kills a black person every 28 hours in America. So, about 100 protesters are prepared to stay outside […]

  • Investigators still trying to determine cause of South Side building collapse

      There is still no word yet on what caused the explosion and apartment collapse that led to the rescue of two women and a dog from an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago Fire Department News Affairs tweeted Monday that there is “[n]o report today on cause of building collapse. Investigation still underway.” The collapse happened in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood Sunday night. When Chicago Fire Department crews arrived, the […]

  • 2 women, dog rescued from rubble of collapsed building on South Side

    Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the explosion and apartment collapse that lead to the rescue of two women and a dog from an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. It happened in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood on Sunday night. When Chicago Fire Department crews arrived, the building had already fully collapsed, and people were trapped below piles of rubble. Neighbors describe the explosion as a loud boom.  It rocked the […]

  • Heat to be restored to 82 homes after gas main fire in Edison Park

    Crews have been going door to door turning on the furnaces in 82 homes on the Northwest side. Residents in Edison Park lost their heat Wednesday night after a gas main was damaged by a small fire. The gas main was hit by a construction crew at about 8:20 in the 6700 block of North Oconto. Crews have been working through the night to get the heat back on in these homes. Peoples Gas brought warming buses for residents.  Crews have […]

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    Two teens in custody after robbery, car crash

    A police chase in the South Suburbs that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a house, started in Chicago. Police in Alsip say the SUV was reported stolen in Chicago and was used during a robbery at a gas station early this morning in Alsip. Police say the SUV was trying to get away from officers. The driver was speeding while trying to take a turn near 121st and Lockwood and lost control. The vehicle crashed into the home, […]

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    5 kids, 2 adults injured in Jackson Park crash

    Five young children and two adults were injured when a van crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Jackson Park. The Mercury Villager was westbound on Marquette Drive, just west of Lake Shore Drive, when the driver lost control just before midnight. The van was completely gutted, but everyone was out by the time emergency crews arrived. All of the injuries are said to be critical or serious, but they’re not believed to be life-threatening.

  • NTSB to begin investigation of fatal plane crash near Midway

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope to have a preliminary report out within a week or so on the crash of a small cargo plane into a home near Midway Airport.  The pilot of that plane, 47-year-old Eric Quentin Howlett, died in the crash. “The aircraft is going to be relocated and secured overnight, then tomorrow we will begin a detailed examination of the airframe, then the engine then the propellers,” said NTSB air safety investigator Tim Sorensen. In addition to the […]

  • Chicago says farewell to former Mayor Jane Byrne

    Funeral services for former Mayor Jane Byrne were held today in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The funeral was held at St. Vincent de Paul church. It was a ceremony complete with full honors, befitting a Mayor of Byrnes importance and significance. Byrne’s nieces and nephews were honorary pallbearers and her beloved daughter Cathy gave words of remembrance. Angel Correa, who was a Jane Byrne campaign worker, friend and supporter, said she felt that Byrne was so special that he […]

  • 7 garage fires in Marquette Park investigated

    Bomb and arson investigators are looking into seven garage fires on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The fire started at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a garage on the 2500 block of West 65th Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood. It quickly spread to neighboring garages, and then jumped across the alley to three more garages. Bomb and arson investigators are determining whether the fire was accidental or intentional. One neighbor says he saw someone running in the alley just before the flames […]


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