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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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    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 […]

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    Special prosecutor to investigate police version of Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — She’s served as a Cook County judge, an assistant U.S. attorney and on the staff of the City’s corporation counsel. The role Patricia brown Holmes accepted today is that of special prosecutor to investigate Chicago police officer conduct regarding the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. Patricia brown Holmes left the courtroom in which she was tasked with looking into whether officers lied to justify McDonald’s shooting and headed directly to pick up the documents she must review in what […]

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    Cancer patient, mother attacked and robbed on Chicago’s West Side

    CHICAGO — A cancer patient and mother of three kids was attacked and robbed on the city’s West Side. Erika Santiago was walking home from a Currency Exchange at Chicago and Kedzie when she was assaulted. She had just received $1,000 to pay her rent. Because she’s ill, she depends on disability payments. She says the attacker choked her, demanded money, and threatened to kill her. She says she couldn’t breathe or yell for help. When she saw he had a […]

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    Jogging doctor fatally hit by SUV on South Side

    CHICAGO — A jogger was struck and killed this morning in the city’s Jackson Park neighborhood. 74-year-old Gary Toback, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, was running at 6:40 this morning near the south end of Jackson Park Golf Course when a 40-year-old woman driving a Jeep lost control of her vehicle. Her SUV hit Toback as he approached the corner of 67th and Bennett. The Jeep rolled over and landed on its roof. Toback was killed […]

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    City Council approves Chicago property tax rebate plan

    CHICAGO–The Chicago City Council has approved a property tax rebate to ease the sting of Mayor Emanuel’s record property tax hike. Homeowners making $75,000 or less can qualify for rebates of up to $200. The council is also expected to approve $4.3 million in payouts to people who were victims of police misconduct. The alderman Wednesday passed an ordinance to keep city workers from trapping coyotes. City officials say coyotes help kill rats . They say the city should spend […]

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    Indiana 9-year-old discovers newborn with umbilical cord still attached in backyard

    LOWELL, Ind. – Police in northwest Indiana are investigating a report of an abandoned baby. Officers responded to a call in the 18000 block of White Oak Ave in Lowell around 11 a.m. Monday. Officials say a 9-year-old girl discovered the baby while playing in the backyard of her family’s home. The newborn was discovered in the sun, wrapped in a black towel, with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached, police say. The girl’s mother took the baby inside […]