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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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    Chicago-area students get a taste of the Democratic National Convention

    CHICAGO — A couple of political newbies from the Chicago area are getting a taste of their first convention. Before they head off to college, they’re learning a big lesson about the sometimes messy art of compromise. Wgn’s Tonya Francisco has the report – watch in the video player above

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    Hillary Clinton makes history, accepts Democratic nomination

    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton beamed with emotion as she took the convention stage to become the first woman ever to accept a major U.S. party’s presidential nomination. “It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Clinton appeared almost overcome with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, […]

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    Did the DNC throw Emanuel `under the bus` for healthcare reform warnings?

    PHILADELPHIA–A video highlighting President Barack Obama’s time office in was shown at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, but it may not have painted Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the best light – at least in the eyes of fellow Democrats. The narrator in the DNC video says Emanuel – then Mr. Obama’s chief of staff – tried to talk the president into dropping the health care law because he was concerned the president wouldn’t get re-elected in 2012. At a democratic […]

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    Chicago-area college student pushing for better life after chosen to work at DNC

    CHICAGO — We report all too often on the gun violence that cuts short the lives of young people in our city.  But one Chicago-area college student is trying to re-write that script, and the Democratic National Convention could end up being her ticket to a better life. At first glance, Christine Williams, 19, looks like every other volunteer working at the Wells Fargo Center. She checks DNC credentials and shows people to their seats. But, this Aurora University sophomore is […]

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    Clinton joins President Obama on stage at DNC

    PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama made a fervent appeal for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, casting the Democratic nominee as a custodian of his legacy while rejecting Republicans’ message as fostering anger and hate. Obama said his former secretary of state is a better qualified candidate than even he or her husband, former President Bill Clinton. “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary […]

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    Hillary Clinton wins convention votes to make history

    PHILADELPHIA — Democrats made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history on Tuesday, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state was formally installed as the party nominee to take on Donald Trump on an emotional night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, before embarking on an intense fall campaign […]

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    Memorable moments from the DNC’s opening night

    Democrats kicked off their convention Monday night amid tension between Bernie Sanders’ supporters and Hillary Clinton’s allies. Speakers on the first night sought to unify the party and highlight differences with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Here are some of the top lines from the opening night of the Democratic National Convention: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.” Sarah Silverman “To the Bernie or bust people, you’re being ridiculous,” said the […]

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    Democratic National Convention: What to expect

    PHILADELPHIA  — Democrats kick off their convention Monday under the cloud of party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation and Donald Trump’s 6 point bounce coming out of last week’s GOP convention. The big question as the convention gavels in at 4 p.m. ET: Will Wasserman Schultz address her fellow Democrats? And if so, will she be booed, even if she’s only present for a brief three minute speech? It will be an early bit of drama ahead of a convention […]

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    Philadelphia prepares for DNC

    PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia is on high alert Sunday morning, much like Cleveland was last week.  The Democratic National Convention begins Monday. Barricades are up around the city, particularly at the Wells Fargo Center where the convention is being held. There are extra police on hand  as the city prepares for 50-thousand convention participants. The city is also expecting a large contingent of protesters. One estimate puts that number between 35,000 and 50,000 a day based on demonstration permits filed with the city. As […]

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    Dangerous heat wave hits Chicago area

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has upgraded the Chicago area Excessive Heat Watch to an Excessive Heat Warning (pink-shaded area on the highlighted map below depicting forecast peak daytime heat indexes 105 to 115-degrees) Thursday and Friday across the Illinois portion of the Chicago area. The northwest Indiana portion of the Chicago area Is under an Excessive heat Advisory (orange-shaded area on the highlighted map above depicting daytime peak heat indexes 103-108-degrees) Thursday and Friday. Warnings and Advisories could be extended […]