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
  • Case of boy seeking asylum from gang violence in Honduras delayed until 2020

    CHICAGO — The fate of a boy brought to the U.S. as a toddler when his family fled Honduras remains undecided Wednesday, after a judge ordered the case continued until 2020. Chanting, “long live the United States,” 8-year-old Iker Velazquez arrived at the immigration courthouse Wednesday carrying the American flag, hoping he would gain refugee status and be able to call the U.S. his permanent home. But a judge’s ruling will prolong the wait for Iker and his mother Evelyn, […]

  • Family of woman hit by squad car sues Chicago Police Department

    CHICAGO — The family of a woman who was hit by a police squad car is suing the Chicago Police Department and the officer who was behind the wheel. Martina Standley, 34, was hit by a CPD SUV on Nov. 13 near 71st Street and Jeffrey Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood. Police said as officers were leaving the area, Standley’s right leg became stuck under the passenger side tire of the vehicle. However, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday […]

  • Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

    WASHINGTON — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would “destroy lives,” declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one the court’s liberals who repeatedly suggested the administration has not adequately justified its decision to end the seven-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Nor has it taken sufficient account of […]

  • Local vets don’t let snow put damper on Veterans Day events

    AURORA, Ill. — Local veterans didn’t let the weather put a damper on many celebrations across the area. The City of Aurora canceled its annual Veterans Day parade due to the snow and cold, but they held a commemoration ceremony indoors. Officials said they did not want veterans being exposed to the elements for a extended period of time. Richard Miller served in the Navy during World War II. “My ship was sunk by kamikaze planes, two of them, and […]

  • Naperville Buffalo Wild Wings controversy forces early conversation with children about racism

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The controversy at a Naperville Buffalo Wild Wings has forced a tough conversation about race, not just for the community, but for the young children who were there to witness the incident. Marcus Riley is looking for the lesson, or lessons, to be learned from the racial incident on Oct. 26. Riley, Justin Vahl, their wives and group of about 12 children, including their own, went to the Buffalo Wild Wings after a basketball tournament. Vahl said […]

  • Family of ejected student says police body cam proves principal was lying

    CHICAGO — A newly released Chicago police officer’s bodycam video tells a different story regarding a controversial incident at a South Side elementary school. During the incident, a student was forced to leave the school on a cold day in March. The family has said the principal wasn’t telling the truth about what happened that day. They said an interview that was recorded on a Chicago police officer’s body camera proves it. The meeting was recorded on a Chicago police officer’s […]

  • Veteran who serves meals to homeless hopeful for new food truck after hit-and-run

    CHICAGO — A veteran on the West Side is trying to find a way to rebuild his food truck business after the truck was involved in a hit-and-run. “I’m not going to accept defeat,” Cedric Strickland said, who’s better known in the neighborhood as “Main the BBQ man.” In the early morning hours of Oct. 13 near Lemoyne and Cicero, surveillance video from a business captured a reported stolen car crash into his food truck. “I found out after the […]

  • Des Plaines woman, 56, dies after truck hits her

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A 56-year-old Des Plaines woman died after being hit by a truck Tuesday night. The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. at 200 East Touhy Avenue, which is near LSG Sky Chefs, an airline catering company, where the woman worked. Police said the women, identified as Nancy Rainey, had just gotten off work when she started to cross Touhy and was hit by a 2006 Mack truck. There are no crosswalks in the area and artificial […]

  • Still no deal; CPS classes canceled Wednesday

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School classes were canceled Wednesday for the 10th school day as contract negotiations continued between school officials and the Chicago Teachers Union. Union leaders said there was no contract deal after the CTU House of Delegates met Tuesday evening. “There’s a lot that’s been achieved in these negotiations,” CTU president Jesse Sharkey said. “I think we have seen meaningful and important offers on those items and issues. I’ve got to see the written language.” He said […]

  • CPS classes canceled Tuesday as strike continues

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools canceled classes have been canceled for Tuesday, according to their website, as contract negotiations between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union continue. As of 4 p.m., CTU has not scheduled a House of Delegates vote, which would be necessary to end their strike. As a result, it will not be possible to hold classes tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/29. After school activities will not be available at CPS schools. — ChicagoPublicSchools (@ChiPubSchools) October 28, 2019 […]

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