"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.
Some Illinois Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit to get paid because they say Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger's delay in issuing their paychecks is unconstitutional.
Senate Democrats have overruled Gov. Rauner's veto veto of $215 million aimed at helping with CPS' pension payments, but the House adjourned until January without taking an override vote.
A Chicago alderman is considering his options for a run as the Democratic candidate for governor in Illinois.
The City of Chicago's Large Lots program has expanded to 30 communities on the South and West sides. More than 4,000 lots are up for grabs, but there are some restrictions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel led a diverse delegation from O'Hare Airport on a flight to Rome on Thursday for the elevation of Archbishop Blase Cupich to cardinal.