"While working at the network, I traveled throughout the region, to all fifty states and to five of the seven continents", says Thomas. "Chicago was always the most exciting and intriguing city for me personally and professionally. So when ABC 7 offered a position on its staff covering Chicago on a daily basis, it was a dream come true. It also helped that I wouldn't have to fly on so many airplanes", he added.
Still, Thomas remains one of ABC 7's most well-traveled reporters, adding a "Chicago perspective" to many stories of national interest. He has corresponded for Channel 7 from both O.J. Simpson trials, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Rodney King trials and civil disorder, major airline crashes, natural disasters, the Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship and many other assignments. He has reported from Europe and Asia for ABC 7 and in 2006, accompanied U.S. Senator Barack Obama to Africa.
Charles and his wife Maria are the parents of two adult sons and one adult daughter. They also are blessed with twin grandsons and a granddaughter. The couple resides in downtown Chicago.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says he is on track to pass a spending plan with a large shortfall, but he's still hopeful he can reach middle ground with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Illinois Republicans tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to convince Judiciary Committee Democrats that workers-compensation reform would encourage more businesses to locate or stay in Illinois.
Proposed budget cuts to Medicaid threaten to have a big impact effect on some kidney patients in Illinois who rely on dialysis to survive.
The Illinois budget battle is heating up between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan.
Local politicians spent Memorial Day honoring veterans at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in suburban Elwood.