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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    Highlights from 2015 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade was held Thursday morning on State Street.. Actor David Arquette was this year’s Grand Marshal. Here are some of this year’s highlights:    

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    Chicago Black Caucus calls for firing of Supt. McCarthy

    CHICAGO — It was an angry Black Caucus addressing the media this morning, once again calling for the firing of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. They’re taking it up a notch saying at the next city council meeting they will introduce a resolution of no confidence in his leadership and officially call for his ouster. They also called for a more clear and transparent process saying they know there are more Laquan McDonald’s out there. The 15 black aldermen also vowed […]

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    Prior complaints about officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald

    CHICAGO – Jason Van Dyke is someone who has spent most of his career working in high crime areas, the toughest neighborhoods around. He was a patrol officer in Englewood and worked for a time for a unit that aggressively went into neighborhoods where crime was spiking. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy later disbanded this crew. Van Dyke was accused of bad deeds while wearing a badge again Tuesday, this time on a whole new level. According to a University of […]

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    U.S. issues worldwide travel alert due to increased terrorism threats

    CHICAGO — As Americans prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. State Department has issued a rare, worldwide travel alert due to possible terror risks. U.S. citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings, and use caution at festivals and events. Some travelers at O’Hare Airport on Tuesday said they can’t live in fear, and aren’t worried. Another traveler said there isn’t much that can be done, and to just try to be safe. In Europe, Brussels is on […]

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    O’Hare airport private security workers on strike

    CHICAGO — Security workers at O’Hare Airport are demanding better pay, benefits and working conditions on Thursday. They’re also accusing their employer, Universal Security, of committing unfair labor practices. They claim they face retaliation for speaking out about conditions and safety issues. There are about 160 security workers at O’Hare, who are separate from the TSA. They are contract workers who earn about $12 an hour. They watch certain doors and roam the terminals. SEIU Local 1 is helping the […]

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    Suburban first responders take part in public safety exercise

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Police, fire, and other emergency personnel are testing their skills today in a public safety exercise. Today is the culmination of a year’s worth of training exercises. Everyone has been thinking about the attacks in Paris, but also emphasizing the need to always be ready. There were 250 police and paramedic personnel from 18 jurisdictions in northern Cook County participating in today’s training exercise. It is a scenario where there is an active threat with multiple casualties. […]

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    2 terror suspects killed, 7 arrested in police raid near Paris

    PARIS –Police aren’t identifying who they detained but now say seven people have been arrested in raid on an apartment building where suspects in last week’s Paris attacks were holed up. Authorities believe there may still be someone still hiding in an apartment. Two people died in the raid by heavily armed police, including a woman who blew herself up. Children and others have been escorted out. This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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    Counterterrorism workshop held in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The 21st annual Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop is being held in Chicago. The event was planned months ago but takes on special significance after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. Just about every speaker who took to the podium today commented about the timing of this conference and emphasized the importance of the work that will take place here over the next two days. More than 200 counterterrorism experts at the local, state and federal level are attending […]

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    Illinois temporarily suspends acceptance of new Syrian refugees

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois will temporarily stop accepting new Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Rauner said Monday that Illinois will consider all of its legal options pending a review of U.S. Department and Homeland Security’s acceptance and security processes. Rauner is one of several U.S. governors who say they will stop allowing Syrian refugees into their states after the Friday night attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead. […]

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    More security for Chicago’s mass transit following Paris attacks

    CHICAGO — Chicago commuters are seeing an increased police presence three days after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The South Shore Electric Line, Metra, and CTA are all stepping up security just as a precaution. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District announced that the Department of Homeland Security isn’t reporting any specific or credible threat at this time and that an increased law enforcement presence is a precaution. Commuters are encouraged to report if they see something out of the […]


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