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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.


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    6 takeaways from the first presidential debate

    HEMPSTEAD, New York — Hillary Clinton stepped onto the debate stage Monday night determined to show that only one candidate is ready to be president. Clinton poked, prodded and quoted Trump’s own words, goading the famously thin-skinned Republican nominee. Trump took the bait, repeatedly interrupting angrily or dismissively throughout the night. He couldn’t resist attacks, even when it was obvious they would backfire — such as his criticism of Clinton for dropping off the campaign trail ahead of the debate […]

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    CTU leaders could set strike date today

    CHICAGO — The House of Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union will meet today, and could set a date for a strike. The union is planning to hold a strike authorization vote. At least 75 percent of its members would need to vote in favor of a strike, for there to be one. Some union leaders want teachers to walk off the job next month, if a deal can’t be reached by then. Teachers have been working without a contract […]

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    Gov. Rauner celebrates Labor Day as union battles loom

    NAPERVILLE — Gov. Rauner joined in on the Labor Day celebrations in Naperville Monday, even as the governor’s own conflicts with organized labor continue. Gov Rauner says there is no contradiction in his celebration of Labor Day, as unions maintain he is working to curb the power of state workers. Rauner made clear that he wasn’t here to talk politics, but labor is at the center of what he’s working to change statewide. “We have the hardest working people in America […]

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    Mayor Emanuel to outline plan to get more police on patrol

    CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in three weeks he will outline his plan to get more police officers on patrol. Earlier Thursday, police announced there were 90 homicides in Chicago during August, making it the most violent single month in the city since August 1996. The mayor said because of the high number of homicides, especially during the month of August, more officers will need to be on patrol. CPD currently has about 12,200 officers and 8,000 are assigned to patrol. The […]

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    South Loop residents voice safety concerns at community meeting

    CHICAGO – Residents in Chicago’s South Loop gathered Tuesday night for a community meeting. Members of the large crowd spoke about concerns over recent string of violence and crimes. Police say it was one of the largest they’ve ever seen. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has more.

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    Fire kills 4 people, including 3 young sisters; police question person of interest

    CHICAGO — Police are questioning a person of interest in connection with a fire that killed four people, including three young sisters. The fire started early Tuesday morning in an apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. A 36-year-old father jumped from a third-story window with his infant daughter in his arms. 3-month old Mellanie Watson later died at the hospital.  Her father is in critical condition. The girl’s sisters, Madison Watson, 4, […]

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    Man fatally shot at his birthday party in University Village

    The residents of the Near West Side’s ABLA Brooks row homes near University Village began Saturday evening with the best of intentions: a birthday party for former neighbor Everick Coleman. He would have been 43 today. The party started around 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Hastings. About 200 people were outside when gunfire came from somewhere; those cleaning up this morning say are not sure. Coleman was shot in his head and chest. By the time the ambulance arrived, […]

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    Man suing over jail beating caught on camera, officer charged

    CHICAGO — A former Cook County Jail inmate suing guards and investigators over his beating captured on tape in 2014 alleges the Sheriff’s Department dragged out its investigation of the incident to try and prevent his lawsuit. Caught on surveillance cameras from two angles, the attack on 29-year-old Litroy Bolton at Cook County Jail is indisputable. Bolton was in custody on a marijuana charge when he says 44-year-old correctional officer Miguel Ortiz ordered him to enter a cell that had been under quarantine, even though another officer […]

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    Annual Ride to Remember commemorating fallen officers has largest turnout ever

    CHICAGO — More than 800 men and women on motorcycles rode to remember this morning — the largest turnout, organizers say, the event has had in 12 years of commemorating fallen Chicago Police officers. “We all join the department to help people, and that’s what we are here for,” said Sgt. John Roberts. The ride from the 11th District police station at Harrison and Kedzie, down Western to Washington Park, east to Lake Shore Drive and back north to the […]

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    Third Chicago Police officer relieved of police powers after fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — A third Chicago Police officer has now been relieved of his police powers in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal Thursday night, according to a statement. The decision from CPD leadership comes after the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled O’Neal’s death a homicide from a gunshot wound to the back Saturday evening. An official statement said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the call to take the officer off active duty after speaking with investigators and reviewing […]