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
  • Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd in Wood Dale

    WOOD DALE, Ill. — A 35-year-old man has been named as the person killed when a tent collapsed during a brief storm at a suburban Chicago festival. Police identified Steven Nincic, a resident of the suburb of Wood Dale where the incident happened on Sunday afternoon, as the fatality. Nincic, a truck driver spending weekend time with his wife and two young children, was hit in the head by one of the tent poles and killed. They said 15 people […]

  • 8-month-old puppy stolen at knifepoint on CTA Orange Line

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for an 8-month-old puppy stolen at knifepoint on a CTA train. A witness took pictures of the puppy in a pink carrier shortly after it happened. Its owner told police two men took the puppy on the Orange Line just after midnight Wednesday, as the train approached the 35th and Archer stop. The witness who took these pictures says he later saw the men, and they were trying to sell the puppy for $500. Police […]

  • Dog flu reported at South Loop pet store

    CHICAGO – An outbreak of canine flu has been confirmed in a pet store in Chicago’s South Loop. In a statement, PetSmart confirms multiple cases of the respiratory illness in dogs at its South Loop pets hotel and one confirmed case of canine flu. “We have seen multiple cases of canine respiratory illness in dogs in our South Loop PetsHotel location. At this point, we have one confirmed case of Canine Influenza.  The health and well-being of pets is our […]

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    Electric customers warned of ‘slamming’ ahead of service switch

    CHICAGO — Starting next month, more than 600,000 Chicago households will be switched back to ComEd following the end of the city’s power deal with Constellation Energy. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) fears the switch will lead to an advertising blitz by alternative energy suppliers who are eager to get new customers. And in the process, those customers could end up being ripped off. So today CUB unveiled an online calculator which is designed to help consumers figure out how […]

  • Buyer beware when it comes to Chicago electric service change

    CHICAGO — A major change is coming to electric service for hundreds of thousands of Chicago residents next month when the city’s power deal with Constellation Energy expires. It will send 700,000 customer back to ComEd and will also give alternative power suppliers A chance to sign up some new customers. But how do you know if you’re if you’re really saving money or being ripped-off? The practice of “slamming” – where and electric or gas supplier switches your service […]

  • Police investigate after video of officer confronting driver goes viral

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — A suburban police department says it is investigating a video posted online in which an officer confronts a driver after pulling him over. Police say the video, which has been retweeted 22,000 times, doesn’t tell the whole story. Jordan James hit record Thursday as he was dropping off his cousin and the police pulled them over. “As she was exiting the vehicle, two officers walked to the vehicle and they said, ‘Open the door,’ and I […]

  • Trial begins today in 2010 murder of Chicago police officer

    CHICAGO — The bench trial is underway for the man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer with his own weapon. Attorneys presented their opening statements just before noon at the Criminal Courts Building.  Also in the courtroom is a group of uniformed police officers showing their support for their fallen comrade, Officer Thor Soderberg. Bryant Brewer faces 20 counts, including first degree murder and resisting arrest. Prosecutors say Brewer got into a fight with Officer Soderberg outside an Englewood […]

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    Texas D.A. wants more testing on body of Sandra Bland

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family says the Texas District Attorney on the case wants a second autopsy. But a representative of that office tells WGN it is not requesting a second autopsy, but rather additional testing to confirm whether Sandra Bland may have swallowed large amounts of marijuana before her death. “We don’t know what we can have faith in,” said attorney Cannon Lambert, expressing concern now that he says he has been put on legal […]

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    Family of Sandra Bland raises questions after dashcam video, documents released

    LISLE, Ill. — The family of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail cell spoke out this afternoon after the full, unedited video of her arrest was released. Sandra Bland had just moved from Naperville to Texas for a new job when she was pulled over in Waller County on July 10th. The trooper says she was pulled over for failure to use a turn signal. The confrontation between Bland and the trooper escalated after she refused to […]

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    Pluses, minuses for Rod Blagojevich in appellate ruling

    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors must now decide if they will retry former governor Rod Blagojevich after a federal appeals court overturned five counts of his original conviction. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday is a partial victory but not exactly what he and his supporters wanted.The court ruled the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a spot in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to […]


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