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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.


Recent Articles
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    Mom of slain Chicago teen: ‘I’m tired of all this killing’

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed while he sat inside a car on the city’s Far South Side. The teenager has been identified as Fabian Lavinder. The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday near 89th and Exchange in the South Chicago neighborhood. Police say Lavinder was sitting in the front seat of a car when a white sedan pulled up and someone inside fired shots. Lavinder was shot in the chest, and he was driven to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was […]

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    Four killed, more than 40 injured in holiday weekend violence

    CHICAGO — Four people were killed, and at least 48 others have been wounded in shootings in this Memorial Day holiday weekend. First Deputy Police Superintendent John Escalante says while the violence is concerning, many of the victims are known to police. The department has a list of about 1,500 people who are likely to shoot someone, or be shot soon. Most shootings this weekend happened on the West Side. The department responded yesterday by putting even more officers on […]

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    Thousands take to Lake Shore for 15th annual Bike the Drive

    CHICAGO — Roughly 20,000 cyclists this morning enjoyed Lake Shore Drive closed off to cars and open just for them for the 15th annual Bike the Drive event. “You’ve got the lakefront on one side, the beautiful skyline on the other, and Lake Shore Drive all to yourself,” said Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance. WGN tried it for ourselves, with camera strapped to our chest, to enjoy spectacular views on a picture perfect day to pedal. We were one with the […]

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    Chicago pays tribute to fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO — Respect, honor and remembrance were the themes in the Loop today as the city of Chicago paid tribute to its fallen heroes. High school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans associations and 6,000 JROTC members took part in the State Street salute, an annual tradition from Lake to Van Buren. United States Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl served as the Memorial Day Parade’s Grand Marshal. He has served in senior leadership roles in both Iraq and Afghanistan. “There’s […]

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    Social services advocates plead for funding during ongoing budget impasse

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With eight days left before the Illinois General Assembly is to set adjourn,  there’s still no sign of an agreement to end the 10-month-old budget stalemate. That could have a devastating effect on education and social service programs already hurt by the impasse. Even though an agreement isn’t in sight, Gov. Bruce Rauner says he still thinks he and the democrats can reach a compromise. But Rauner says he believes many democrats are ready to accept some […]

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    New details in Gage Park murders released after suspects appear in court

    CHICAGO — There is no bail for two people charged in the February murders of six family members in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood. Diego Uribe-Cruz, 22, and his girlfriend Jafeth Ramos, 19, appeared before a judge Friday afternoon, who said the killings were “pure evil and an act of barbarism.” Police say Uribe-Cruz killed all six victims, including his aunt by marriage and two children, in a robbery gone bad. According to the proffer, Uribe-Cruz and Ramos got away with $250 in change (including […]

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    Utility companies warn customers of scam artists

    CHICAGO — Utility companies are warning customers about scam artists posing as service representatives. They are reporting an increase in the number of scam artists preying on vulnerable customers’ fears that a payment was missed and service may be disconnected. The number of reported scams rises with warmer weather, according to the Better Business Bureau. In the past few years, there has been a nationwide trend of scammers posing as utility workers. ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, along […]

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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 […]