Randi Belisomo currently serves as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and CLTV, where she began her career in 2006. Belisomo 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 currently pursuing doctoral work in bioethics and health policy at Loyola University-Chicago. She is a Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series, best feature and best sports story.

She is president and co-Founder of Life Matters Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making.

Belisomo is a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio, Relevant Radio, WGN 720 AM and Reuters Health.

She currently serves on the boards of Living Water International and Mental Health America-Illinois. She is a chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University.

Recent Articles
  • Evanston’s 95th annual 4th of July parade celebrates first responders

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Neighbors claimed their spots, putting their chairs out early this morning for a front row view of Evanston’s 4th of July parade that starts at 2:00 this afternoon. 140 entrants will make their way from Central Park Avenue, east on Central Street to Ashland. Organizers are blocking roads to clear the path for the 4th of July celebration. It’s a tradition that began in 1922, started by the North End Mothers Club, and continues today through the […]

  • Family questions tactics after officer shoots, kills man police say was armed

    CHICAGO — Chicago police shot and killed a man they say was armed with a gun overnight in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood, but his family wants to see body cam video from the officer who fired. Several neighbors said they heard two instances of gunfire Saturday night, first about seven to eight shots, and a short time later, neighbors say they saw a man standing on this front porch pointing an AK-47 across the street. Moments later – when police arrived – […]

  • Fans react to Bulls trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves

    CHICAGO — The Bulls were the big story Thursday night during the NBA draft. They’ve traded away Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he’ll be reunited with ex-Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau. In exchange, the Bulls get Kris Dunn, last year’s 5th overall pick, and Zach Lavine, who is coming off a knee injury. They also got the Timberwolves’ number 7 pick. With the acquired number 7 overall pick the Bulls selected 7-footer Lahri Marn Kanen. The Finland native only […]

  • Violent incident at suburban Starbucks

    PARK RIDGE, Ill — Park Ridge Police are not providing much information, however they do say the public is in no danger. There is no active investigation; the victim is not pressing charges. The incident happened around five o’clock this afternoon at the Park Ridge Starbucks in the 100 block of Northwest Highway. A Starbucks representative confirms there was a “physical altercation” between two customers. Police confirm a knife was involved, and blood was spotted on walkway into the store. The […]

  • Toddler’s death ruled a homicide caused by assault; person in custody

    CHICAGO — An autopsy found 3-year-old Jesipel Aleman’s death early Sunday morning was a homicide caused by multiple injuries sustained during an assault; one person is in custody. Officers responded to reports of a 3-year-old girl not breathing in a Little Village apartment around 1:10 a.m. Sunday, and pronounced the toddler dead at the scene. Neighbors said the little girl’s family had lived for roughly three months, and they had heard loud fights from inside the apartment. Police interviewed many of […]

  • Yo-Yo Ma performs at Concert for Peace during violent weekend

    CHIAGO — It was a stunningly violent weekend in Chicago as a total of 32 people were shot from Saturday into Sunday. Among the violence was a drive-by shooting in the Lawndale that wounded eight people. Activists hoped to promote calm with a peace concert and rally featuring legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Saint Sabina Church on the Southwest Side. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has the story.

  • Chicago’s ‘L’ turns 125 — celebrate by riding on one of the CTA’s old cars

    Chicago’s “L,” or elevated train system, turns 125 years old Tuesday. To celebrate the 125th anniversary, you can ride on one of the CTA’s old cars. The CTA is offering rides Tuesday on two of its historic trains from the Heritage Feet. One is the 4000 series train built in 1923 and the other will be a 2400 series train built in 1976. They’ll both run in the Loop on the elevated track between noon and 3:15 p.m. More info: transitchicago.com/125

  • Twin of slain teen set to graduate, says brother is ‘looking over me’

    CHICAGO — Relying always on Scripture, Delores Bailey will tell you that “the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” Though the life of her 15-year-old son, Demario, was taken during an armed robbery on a December Saturday two and a half years ago, Delores says she is blessed to see his twin, Demacio, step out on a Saturday night in spring. It’s a season in which the 18-year-old arrives with more wisdom than most. “Everybody has problems,” Demacio told […]

  • Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget, miss spring deadline

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers missed their deadline to pass a budget during their spring session. The work for a budget will now continue into June for a second year in a row. House Democrats did not vote on a plan passed by the Senate. Now it will take a three-fifths majority to pass a budget instead of a simple majority. That means Democrats will need some Republican support. Last year lawmakers agreed to a short term budget to keep […]

  • 3-alarm fire guts Famsa Furniture in Logan Square

    CHICAGO — A spectacular extra-alarm fire at a Logan Square furniture store sent smoke pouring into the air as firefighters battled the flames for hours. No one was injured. The smoke from the fire was visible from O’Hare Airport and from much of the South Side. It took firefighters more than three hours to strike it, working most of the time in defensive mode. The fire started just before 8:00 this morning in the Famsa Furniture Store in the 2900 […]