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
  • Drew Peterson

    Defense rests in Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial

    CHESTER, Ill. — The defense has rested its case without Drew Peterson taking the stand in his murder-for-hire trial. The defense only called three witnesses to the stand to testify for Peterson.  Each of the witnesses were inmates at the Menard Correctional Center. Earlier this week, prosecution witness and fellow inmate Antonio Smith testified Peterson tried to get him to have Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow killed. Glasgow prosecuted the 2012 case in which Peterson was sentenced to 38 […]

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    Jailhouse informant ends testimony in Peterson trial

    CHESTER, Ill. –The prosecutions key witness who secretly recorded Drew Peterson is off the stand after four days of testimony. Antonio Smith said he was hoping for a better life by helping federal authorities in convicting Peterson in the alleged murder for hire plot of Will County States Attorney James Glasgow. Smith wanted his time cut and money for his assistance, but he admits nothing was ever promised. Smith testified that in the fall of 2014 Peterson told him he […]

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    Prison inmate testifies at Drew Peterson trial

    CHESTER, Ill. — Hours of audio recordings have been played in court this week in the Drew Peterson murder for hire case.   The majority of the recordings are difficult to hear and the jurors were provided transcripts. Inmate Antonio Smith testified that after several recorded conversations in November of 2014, authorities provided him with a picture of James Glasgow with two others to show Peterson, in hopes of confirming they had the right guy.  Smith said he forwarded the photo […]

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    Drew Peterson calls murder of state’s attorney ‘a nice Christmas present’ on secretly recorded audio

    CHESTER, Ill. — Drew Peterson listened to his own words when the first audio tape of his recorded conversations with a fellow prison inmate was played today at Peterson’s murder for hire trial. On it, Peterson can be heard bragging about his prior media attention and at other times talking about his dislike for Will County States Attorney James Glasgow.  On the recordings he refers to himself as the “big fish.” At one point, inmate turned informant Antonio Smith tells Peterson […]

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    Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial under way in Randolph County

    CHESTER, Ill. –Drew Peterson’s former friend and inmate gave explosive testimony today in the murder for hire trial. Antonio Smith said not only did Peterson want Will County States attorney James Glasgow dead but that he had admitted to killing both Stacy and Kathleen. Smith was in protective custody with Peterson when the two became friends.   Smith says in October 2013 Peterson approached him and said he needed someone to kill Glasgow. Smith said he had to think about it. Smith […]

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    Jury selection underway in Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial

    ST. LOUIS — A number of potential jurors in the downstate trial of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson say they know very little about him or never heard of him. However,  many of those interviewed did know either the prosecutor or defense attorney. Peterson, 62, is accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill Will County States Attorney James Glasgow shortly after he was convicted of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio. Savio’s death eight years earlier initially […]

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    1 killed in armed robbery at Boost Mobile in South Holland; police seek suspect

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. – Suburban police are searching for a suspect in a violent cell phone store robbery that left one person dead. Police say two men were involved in the robbery of the Boost Mobile store at 1022 E 162nd St in South Holland. So far, one has been arrested. Police say the suspects robbed the store around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police say there were several customers inside the store at the time. One person was shot during the robbery […]

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    Driver found shot to death on Interstate 57

    CHICAGO –Police say a driver who was found shot to death on Interstate 57 Monday night was actually shot on a side street. Illinois State Police responded to calls of a shooting on the expressway in the northbound lanes near 108th Street. But investigators discovered 37-year-old Maurice Johnston was actually shot near 110th and Hamlet and then drove onto I-57 near 111th Street. Witnesses reported the driver was driving erratically on I-57 and then drove into an embankment. The northbound […]

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    Long TSA lines at Chicago airports cause passengers to miss flights — again

    CHICAGO — Security lines at Chicago airports are getting longer and longer.  Authorities say they are working on the problem, but so far the problem persists. The security lines are so bad, some people are missing their flights. The check-in lines were so long Sunday night that passengers who missed flights had to spend the night sleeping on cots. The screening lines at American Airlines were more than two hours long because TSA checkpoints are understaffed. The Transportation Security Administration says […]

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    Ex-Blaine principal Troy LaRaviere discusses dismissal from Blaine Elementary

    CHICAGO — The outspoken former principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is speaking out. On Wednesday, Troy LaRaviere had a private closed door hearing regarding his employment status. He was suddenly removed from his position last month and re-assigned to his home. LaRaviere is accused of ethics violations. He says it’s because he appeared in a political ad with Jesus Chuy Garcia when he ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. LaRaviere also wrote a blog accusing the mayor, […]


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