"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.
In referendums, city voters have said they want an elected school board, but legislation to allow one is stalled in Springfield.
The Independent Map Amendment will not be on the ballot for voters to consider this November.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Public School Board approved a budget to raise property taxes to fund teacher pensions. It was a decision that infuriated taxpayers.
Once again, Senator Mark Kirk's comment calling president Obama the "drug dealer in chief" came under attack from challenger Tammy Duckworth.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday that strengthens penalties for firearms trafficking throughout the state, which aims to stop illegal guns from making their way into the Chicago area.