Randi Belisomo

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.


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    Woman killed, man injured in hit-and-run crash on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — A woman was killed and a man was injured in a hit-and-run crash on the Southwest Side. The victims were crossing the street at Archer and Lavergne avenues just before 11 p.m. Saturday, when they were stuck by a red Jeep. Police say the driver was speeding. 42-year-old Guadalupe Chavez was killed. A 39-year-old man was transported to the hospital, and is listed in stable condition. A red Jeep with severe front-end damage was found more than two miles away, […]

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    CPS CEO Claypool speaks out against Rauner cuts

    CHICAGO — Funding for Chicago Public Schools was cast as a moral issue, not a financial one, by CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and the congregation of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning on the West Side. Governor Bruce Rauner, whose budget would cut CPS funding by $74 million, and the state’s Democratic leaders have failed to reach a consensus. The duration of the impasse has stretched longer than the academic year. “Even though we have done our best to keep cuts […]

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    Rev. Jesse Jackson blasts Rauner after Chicago State layoffs

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Saturday that Chicago State students and faculty have been deceived and betrayed by Gov. Rauner, who showed racial insensitivity in the school’s recent layoffs. Chicago State University cut 300 employees from every area of campus in order to save 40 percent in payroll costs. The school has gone the entire academic year without state funding, as lawmakers have not agreed on the terms of a budget. Though they did OK more than $20 million in emergency money for […]

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    Witnesses turn to good Samaritans after car crash

    CHICAGO — At 10 minutes past five o’clock Sunday morning, a car speeding northbound in the 4000 of South Pulaski crossed the median and hit another car head on. The impact of the crash caused the speeding vehicle to go over this bridge. That’s when six witnesses, drivers who had stopped, became good Samaritans. One passenger was still inside, and the men ran to the danger. That passenger was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. The driver was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The female driver […]

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    9-year-old girl killed in ATV crash in Plainfield

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The life of one family was altered dramatically in seconds when a little girl and her mother’s boyfriend crashed on an ATV in Plainfield. The boyfriend survived. The little girl did not. Just before seven o’clock last night on Ridge Road, 9-year-old Alexis Richardson was riding with a 53-year-old man between 135th Street and Plainfield Road on an asphalt path intended only for walkers and cyclists. The man drove the vehicle onto the grass, into a culvert […]

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    3 killed, more than 30 injured in weekend shootings across Chicago

    CHICAGO — Three people were killed, and more than 30 were injured after a violent weekend on the city’s south and west sides. One of the injured includes a 1-year-old girl. Two people were critically wounded Sunday night at a bar in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Chicago police say a 34-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were outside of Judi’s Sports Bar and Grill in the 500 block of East 103rd St. when a man with a gun approached them and started […]

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    City Council votes unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as new CPD superintendent

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as the new police superintendent. The vote on Wednesday confirming Johnson as the next top cop was 50-0. Eddie Johnson new cpd superintendent. Vote 50-0 @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/0TmxYoF1Ck — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) April 13, 2016 On Tuesday, Johnson faced questions by the public safety committee. Aldermen asked him about his plans to fight Chicago’s growing gang problem, morale among the ranks, and a staffing shortage on the streets. The committee […]

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    Durbin announces initiatives to fight high lead levels

    CHICAGO – Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is bringing the fight against high lead levels to Chicago. He held a press conference this morning to discuss new initiatives to address high rates of lead exposure here in Chicago and in other cities across the country. Durbin said that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a “wake-up call”. He said that access to lead-free housing should not be determined by zip code. Durbin introduced legislation last month that would require local […]

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    3 injured after hit-and-run sends Uber car into River North bar

    CHICAGO — At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Chicago police say that a blue Toyota sedan headed west on Huron ran a red light at Orleans. It then crashed into an Uber car moving northbound. “It looked pretty serious to me, because the whole car here was crushed to the front of its windshield,” said a witness, Howard, who did not want to provide his last name. The crash propelled the Uber car into the Green Door Tavern, a historic building at […]

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    Bouncer, 51, shot in the head at Northwest Side bar

    CHICAGO — A man was shot in the head while working at a bar on the Northwest Side late Saturday night. Police say someone fired shots outside Brudder’s Bar & Grill at 3600 N. Pulaski in Old Irving Park around 11:45 p.m. A bullet went through the window hitting a 51-year-old man in the head. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Witnesses say the man is a bouncer at the bar and had just walked back […]

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