"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.
Candidates for governor returned to Chicago to discuss how their strategy would impact the Chicago metro area.
Since agriculture is big business in Illinois, the forum attracted the key candidates in the race for governor and for the U.S. Senate.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn deflected blame for state hiring problems Tuesday, saying agencies must follow anti-patronage hiring rules - even when the candidates are those the governor's office favors.
A report on hiring abuses and patronage at the Illinois Department of Transportation is very critical of Governor Pat Quinn and his administration, and immediately became an issue in the race for governor.
Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner, is making a last-minute appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, trying to get his term limits proposal on the November ballot.