"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.
Anthony Porter's release in a 1982 double murder case was considered the one that started the momentum to end the death penalty in Illinois.
Another important race that will be decided next Tuesday is in the Eighth Congressional District, where incumbent Tammy Duckworth is facing Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh.
With the election one week away Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a big gift to voters on Tuesday in the form of jobs.
The race for Illinois governor heats up with Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner talking about two key issues: job creation and minimum wage.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is hosting an event to encourage early voting in the suburbs, while earlier Friday afternoon Governor Pat Quinn reached out to women during an event with Gloria Steinem.