"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.
Illinois State lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to slug it out over a new budget agreement, as a new deal must in place by July 1 or some state services could be disrupted.
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Illinois state budget Thursday, increasing the chances some state services will be disrupted next week when the new fiscal year begins.
In an effort to solve some of Cook County's financial problems, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to convince commissioners to go along with a 1-cent increase in the sales tax.
One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago Public Schools could not make a teachers pension payment due on June 30, state lawmakers defeated a bill to extend the deadline.
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mother says she now identifies with millions of other parents whose convicted sons and daughters are trying reenter society.