"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.
11 people have been killed and 11 wounded in shootings over a 48-hour period in Chicago from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Chicago police said.
A new lawsuit claimed the state discriminated against Chicago Public School students. Five families and the school board want to force the state to provide equal funding for Chicago Public Schools compared to other schools in the state.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosted the mayors of Mexico City, Guadalajara and Juarez on Friday during their visit to Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel renewed his push for an express train to O'Hare as part of the infrastructure plan he laid out on Thursday during an address to city leaders.
Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy, nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday that he will run for Illinois governor in 2018.