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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    3 ‘bladed weapons’ used to kill most of family from Chicago’s Gage Park

    CHICAGO — Three “bladed weapons” appear to have been used to kill most of the six family members found dead last week in their Gage Park neighborhood home, a Chicago police spokesman said Wednesday. None of those weapons were recovered, however, as investigators continue to pursue leads in the slayings of Rosaura Martinez, 58; her husband, Noe Martinez Sr., 62; their son, Noe Martinez Jr., 38; their daughter, Maria Herminia Martinez, 32; and her two sons, Leonardo Cruz, 13, and […]

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    Comparing and contrasting Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement

    CHICAGO —  Black people fighting for social and economic change has been an on-going battle. And those leading the charge today are no less timid. For Dr. Carol Adams, activism is in her blood,  by the tender age of 16, she was the president of the Lousiville, Kentucky branch of core, the Congress on racial equality, a student-led Civil Rights group. She proudly remembers her first stand-in at a local department store that allowed blacks to shop but not eat […]

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    CPD seeks to fire, suspend officers in Koschman case

    CHICAGO — Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante is seeking disciplinary action against three officers involved in Koschman homicide investigation, including the firing of the police lieutenant. The 2004 death of David Koschman drew wide attention. Koschman was just 21-years-old when he died days after a bar fight with Richard J. Vanecko, the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Prosecutors declined to charge Vanecko. For years, Koschman’s family alleged a police cover-up. Finally in 2014, 10 years after the death, Vanecko […]

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    New poll reveals Chicagoans lack of trust for city police force

    CHICAGO — A new poll reveals a lack of trust Chicagoans have for the city’s police force. The Chicago Tribune poll shows 70-percent of people in the city say Chicago police officers do not treat all citizens fairly. Broken down by race, 53-percent of whites have that opinion. 85-percent of black and 69-percent of Hispanics say all citizens are not treated fairly. When asked about cover-ups and a code of silence within the police department, 64-percent said it was a widespread […]

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    Hillary Clinton declares narrow victory over Bernie Sanders

    The Iowa Caucuses are over with close finishes for the Democratic Party. Clinton won the Democratic race by a very slim margin. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders finished less than a percentage point apart. Martin O’Malley received around half a percent. Eight years after being upstaged in Iowa by Barack Obama, Monday night brought more disappointing results for Hillary Clinton, who leaves the state with a razor-thin lead over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders after the first nominating contest of 2016. […]

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    Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins; Hillary Clinton declares victory

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner. “Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” the Clinton campaign said. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.” The state party indicated in a separate statement that it was not ready to make […]

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    US stocks open slightly higher as crude oil price stabilizes

    NEW YORK  — Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, a day after a sharp decline triggered by a slump oil prices. Energy stocks recovered some ground early Thursday as the price of crude oil stabilized. Railroad operator Union Pacific slumped 7 percent after reporting a drop in the amount of freight hauled and weaker results than analysts were expecting. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,792. The Standard & Poor’s 500 […]

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    Asst. principal at Bremen HS under investigation

    MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. — Police are investigating whether an assistant principal at a south suburban school inappropriately touched a student. The assistant principal at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Illinois has been placed on administrative leave following allegations by a teen that he fondled her. The student notified police and he turned himself into authorities. No charges have been filed yet.

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    Several aldermen push for police-wide Taser program

    CHICAGO — In the hopes of reducing Chicago police shootings, several aldermen are pushing to have every single officer carry a Taser. The plan would put a non-lethal tool in the hands of every officer, so that tense situations don’t become fatal encounters. Alderman Jason Ervin is proposing to equip every sworn officer in the Chicago Police Department with a Taser by this time next year. The issue has become a lightning rod in Chicago after the release of police […]

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    Police questioning person of interest in murder of retired radio host, daughter in Gary

    GARY, Ind. — Indiana authorities are questioning a person of interest in the apparent strangulations of an elderly woman and her adult daughter in adjacent homes. He was found in Ohio, driving a car belonging to one of the victims. Deputies from the Lake County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office are being sent to interview the man, who they say isn’t a suspect yet. Former radio show host Velia Taneff was found dead in her home in the 2300 block of West […]


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