"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.
Problems are expected in the Illinois home healthcare system when an overtime ban on workers goes into effect this Sunday.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords joined Illinois leaders Thursday to launch the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to urge the state's leaders to curb the flow of illegal guns into the state.
In the community and political party where he was admired, many are struggling to reconcile the Dennis Hastert they thought they knew with the man headed for federal prison.
Democrat Hillary Clinton is also looking ahead to next week's primary in Indiana. She campaigned Tuesday in Hammond.
To reduce joblessness, Rush and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Bronzeville's Dunbar High School would offer a construction trades training program for kids who choose not to go to college.