Tonya Francisco

Tonya Francisco is an anchor of WGN Saturday Morning News and WGN Sunday Morning News, as of the expansion of weekend news in September 2016. Prior to that, Tonya was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor. In 2012, she joined the WGN News team.

Tonya 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 and associate producer. After a year, she worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor.

Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alumna of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tonya is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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    Documents in unsolved 1966 murder of senator’s daughter to remain sealed, judge rules

    A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday to keep most of the police documents related to the 50 year old murder of Valerie Percy sealed. Percy, the daughter of former Illinois Senator Chuck Percy, was beaten and stabbed in her Kenilworth bedroom in 1966. In her ruling today, the judge said the case remains an active investigation, and therefore the documents should be sealed. The release of any of the documents related the killing would “jeopardize the investigation” and “thwart the efforts” […]

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    Kim Foxx hits the ground running on her first full day as Cook County State’s Attorney

    CHICAGO — Kim Foxx is wasting no time as the new Cook County State’s Attorney. She was sworn in on Friday and is already focusing on Chicago’s crime problem. She says she wants the State’s Attorney’s Officer to focus on transparency and trust. She has put together a transition report that she hopes will prevent and address violent crime while bringing accountability and integrity to the office. “My job … is to seek justice, to be fair, to not look […]

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    Thanksgiving travel rush begins

    CHICAGO — It’s getaway day for Thanksgiving travelers. It’s the busiest travel day of the year on America’s highways, and one of the busiest at Chicago’s airports. United and American Airlines have set up special high-tech “innovation lanes” to allow travelers to get through the security lines faster. Nine million people will drive the Illinois tollways between now and Monday morning, which is about 10 percent more than normal. A little tip — if you’re taking your trip in a rented car, […]

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    Man charged with killing 1, injuring 3 in Chinatown stabbing

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have charged 37-year-old Raul Gonzalez with one count of murder and two counts of aggravated battery after a stabbing in Chinatown that left one man dead and three others wounded. The attack happened around 8:15 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of West 23rd Street, near the official entrance to the Chinatown district. Officers responding to the call of a person down found a 50-year-old man with a stab wound in his back. The man was […]

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    Bail denied for 2 teens charged in murder of Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson

    CHICAGO — Nine people were killed and another 19 were injured during the weekend. Among those killed was the 15-year-old grandson of U.S. congressman Danny Davis. A judge has denied bail to two teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the 15-year-old’s shooting death . The Chicago Tribune reports that the 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown on Sunday afternoon wearing juvenile detention center sweatshirts with their heads bowed. Brown called the killing of U.S. […]

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    Man accused of killing and dismembering 2-year-old boy denied bail

    CHICAGO — Accused of killing a 2-year-old boy, dismembering his body, and dumping the parts in the Garfield Park Lagoon, Kamel Harris was denied bail by a Cook County judge Wednesday. It was Labor Day weekend last year when a  visitor to the Garfield Park Lagoon discovered a human foot floating in the waters. Soon after, Chicago Police divers found severed hands, a foot cut off at the ankle, and  a barbell weight with a knotted plastic bag attached to it. A severed head was […]

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    ‘Knife fight’ as Trump builds an unconventional national security cabinet

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s transition is being marked by sharp internal disagreements over key cabinet appointments and direction, both for internal West Wing positions and key national security posts, sources involved in the transition team tell CNN. One source with knowledge of the transition described it as a “knife fight.” The split has put traditional Republican operatives such as Reince Priebus — named Trump’s chief of staff Sunday — against more non-traditional influences such as Steve Bannon — the alt-right […]

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    Driver cited after boy, 2, killed by vehicle in Jefferson Park

    CHICAGO — Several traffic citations have been filed against a driver whose van struck and killed a 2-year-old boy and injured a woman in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Police say Alexander Vasquez, 48, was cited with failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to reduce speed, and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The vehicle was turning onto Central Avenue from Giddings Street just after 4:10 p.m. Sunday, when it hit them. […]

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    Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States

    NEW YORK – Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States in a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton, the Associated Press projected Wednesday morning. Trump carved his path toward the White House Tuesday through crucial battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes put Trump over the 270 threshold. The victories were stunning for a candidate long seen as unlikely to win the presidency. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was confident it was competitive in places […]

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    High voter turnout expected for Election Day 2016

    CHICAGO — Voter turnout is expected to be high today as Illinois voters cast their ballots after a contentious national campaign that exposed fissures in what Americans see in the nation’s future. Nearly 700,000 voters in Chicago and suburban Cook County have already done their civic duty, setting a new record for early voting. The polls are open until 7 p.m. and anyone who is line at that time still has the right to vote. Voters across the nation Tuesday […]