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.

Recent Articles
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    FBI says bank robberies up 34 percent

    CHICAGO — The FBI has a new study on bank robberies and the Chicago area has seen a big increase. In 2016, the number of bank robberies jumped to 193, 49 more than in the previous year. Most of those robberies fell into the non-takeover category, where a robber presents a note or orders a teller to hand over the cash and then the robber walks out. One common theme is bank robberies happening on Fridays. The FBI also says […]

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    IL officials call for unity on MLK Day as partisan rhetoric heats up in Washington

    On the national level, a feud between president-elect Donald Trump and longtime Congressman John Lewis is casting a shadow on the spirit of MLK Day, the notion of working together despite difference. But locally, leaders are pointing to a bill that was signed into law today as a new hope for bipartisanship in Springfield. Flanked by democratic lawmakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill requiring all Illinois schools and childcare centers test drinking water […]

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    Eddie Vedder to join Chicago’s Children’s Choir at Obama farewell address

    CHICAGO —  Some members of the Chicago Children’s Choir will take the stage at President Obama’s farewell address tonight. 224 of the choir’s most seasoned member will get to perform. They found out yesterday and have been practicing ever since. Rocker Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam will also join them on stage. WGN’s Tonya Francisco has more.  

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    Woman found dead in Englewood apparently hit by car, police say

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered this morning in the 6900 block of South Wentworth Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. Early reports from Chicago police were that the woman had been shot in the head, but now investigators are saying that she was hit by a vehicle. Her body was found just after 8:00 a.m. near some bushes not far from the corner of 69th and Wentworth, near the Alden Wentworth […]

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    1 killed, 1 injured in shooting near Eisenhower Expressway

    CHICAGO — One person was killed and another person was injured after a shooting near the Eisenhower Expressway. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Lexington and Kolmar on the city’s West Side. The two victims walked into West Suburban Hospital with gunshot injuries. A 21-year-old man died at the hospital.  A 23-year-old man was seriously wounded. Chicago police are investigating.  

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    Deadlines loom for shipping holiday packages

    CHICAGO — The clock is ticking for people who want gifts to get to their destinations on time for Christmas this Sunday. A UPS store at 301 W. Grande Ave., in the River North neighborhood was busy Wednesday, with people shipping their holiday packages. One customer said he meant to send them earlier, but time  just got away from him, “I don’t know, stuff to do at home, vacations, trips stuff like that,” said Ronny Rodriguez. The owner of the […]

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    Break-ins cost baker more dough than she can spare

    CHICAGO — A South Side bakery was broken into for the third time in a year early Monday morning, and although the thief left empty-handed this time, the owner is asking for help identifying the sticky-fingered robbers who keep making off with sweets and cash. People line up to grab a slice or even a whole cake at Brown Sugar Bakery on 75th street. But the sweet serenity was shattered early Monday morning when a thief took a hammer to the bakery’s front window, stepped […]

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    1 body recovered in search of icy suburban pond

    LYNWOOD, Ill. — Authorities have recovered one body from a suburban retention pond after a car plunged into its icy waters Sunday afternoon. Cook County emergency responders spent several hours Sunday trying to recover the vehicle from the pond in Lynwood, but had to stop because of sub-zero temperatures. The recovery effort resumed Monday and crews located the body of an African-American male. Crews also removed the car. The medical examiners office says it’s still trying to identify the man […]

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    Scam artist wipes out wealth, family legacies of Chicago’s elderly African-American homeowners

    We often warn you about scams and the potential they have to destroy your life.   Tonight, a follow up to a home repair scam we first told about last year.  The Illinois Attorney General’s office says Mark Diamond has been running home repair contracting scams on elderly, African-American homeowners for more than 30 years. It sued and recently won a nearly 2.4 million dollar judgment against him. But so far, it’s been a hollow victory. No money has been recovered […]

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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” […]