Randi Belisomo
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Randi Belisomo currently serves as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and CLTV, where she began her career in 2005. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is an Emmy nominee and a 2012 Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series. Randi is also a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio.

She currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, the Association of Women Journalists-Chicago, the Chicago Op-ed Project, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area and the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition. She is a Chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University and a member of the Columbia College School of Journalism Advisory Board.

Randi travels regularly with Living Water International to help bring clean water to developing nations. She is a volunteer with Horizon Hospice.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Randi makes herself at home on Chicago’s near west side.


Recent Articles
  • Budget deadline, state service cuts just 2 days away

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ fiscal year ends Wednesday, and with no budget deal in sight, some state government agencies may have to shut down. The General Assembly has passed a budget with a $3 billion hole. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he won’t work on balancing the budget with legislative democrats until he gets five specific bills passed to lower business costs and curb political corruption. They include limiting liability lawsuits and tightening rules on workers compensation. Democrats say the plans […]

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    Chicagoans flock to 2015 Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — The parade’s colors were bright and vibrant, shining and sparkling down Broadway to the rhythms of celebration. With a beautiful June Sunday serving as backdrop, the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade was a spectacle for the senses. This pride weekend will be marked forever in American legal and social history: Chicago’s annual honoring of its LGBT community and causes has fallen within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn bans on same-sex marriage. “I feel like I’m at […]

  • Proud to Run participants enjoy extra pep in step after Supreme Court decision

    CHICAGO — The colors were bright and so were the smiles at Saturday morning’s Proud to Run event at Montrose Harbor, a 10k race along the lakefront held each year during Chicago’s pride weekend. One day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning bans on same sex marriage across the country, runners had a little more pep in their step. “I was driving when I heard it and I started crying I got so excited, I was driving to pick up a friend […]

  • Chicago’s gay community celebrates Supreme Court ruling on eve of Pride weekend

    CHICAGO — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, meaning the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. The ruling added to the excitement at Pride Month celebrations across the country. In Chicago, same-sex marriage supporters joined Mayor Emanuel for a champagne toast at the bar Sidetrack. It’s a decision that some there said they didn’t think […]

  • Communities plead for compassion in Rauner budget

    CHICAGO — A West Side church is calling for compassion in the state budget for young members like 11-year-old Nathaniel Fuquay. Cerebral palsy has confined Fuquay to a wheel chair, and the many needs associated with his condition makes him entirely dependent on his mom, Nicole. Nicole, a single mother of three, is dependent on a monthly state check for just more than $700. It’s a disability payment that may go away if Governor Rauner’s proposed budget becomes a reality. “I’m a […]

  • Rauner: ‘Rough’ weeks ahead for Illinois lawmakers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There’s a standoff in Springfield, Ill., and what was supposed to be the conclusion of the legislative session Sunday wasn’t so at all. Democrats call Governor Bruce Rauner’s ideas extreme. Republicans say the middle class can’t stomach another property tax hike. Now, the House will remain in continuous session this summer. A Democratic legislature plus Illinois’ new Republican governor added up to no budget at the scheduled end of session Sunday, and leaders from both parties aren’t […]

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    Chicago marks Memorial Day with ceremony at Grant Park

    CHICAGO — Chicago officially marked Memorial Day with a 21 gun salute and ceremony in Grant Park Monday morning. Special recognition was given to two local service members killed in the past year; Army Private Aaron Toppen of Frankfort and Marine Corps combat photographer Sara Medina of Aurora. The land of Lincoln has lost 255 troops since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.  

  • Racist graffiti posted on high rise door

    Someone painted a racial slur in bright red letters across the door of one South Loop resident’s home. It’s inside a high rise apartment building in the 16 hundred block of South Prairie. The resident says the incident must have happened sometime late last night or early this morning, and considering the building has a doorman and security, she suspects it may be one of her neighbors. Chicago Police say they are investigating the incident.  

  • CHICAGO,IL :  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for the layup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center During Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2015 in Chicago,Illinois NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Cavs beat Bulls 86-84 on James’ buzzer-beater; series tied 2-2

    CHICAGO — The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls Sunday afternoon at the United Center on a game-winning shot by LeBron James at the buzzer to even the series 2-2. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 31 points, including a game-tying shot with just seconds left in the 4th quarter. Jimmy Butler chipped in with 19. James scored 25 points for the Cavaliers in the win. Things looked dire for Cleveland after James appeared to injure himself in the third quarter. He came up hobbling after colliding with Rose on an offensive drive, but was not […]

  • Hundreds line up for ‘Chiraq’ casting call outside St. Sabina

    CHICAGO — A controversial movie about Chicago’s gang violence drew big crowds in Englewood today. An open casting call for extras in Spike Lee’s movie “Chiraq” was held at Saint Sabina church. WGN’S Randi Belisomo reports hundreds lined up, hoping for their moment in front of the camera.

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