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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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    Girl, 18, killed by stray bullet that came through window in Calumet City

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — Jessica Rogers, 18, was killed by a stray bullet while inside a relative’s home in South Suburban Calumet City. Her cousin thought it was a firecracker and then found Jessica on the kitchen floor bleeding from a neck wound Saturday night. The teen was pronounced dead Sunday night at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. She was getting ready for her senior year at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. Police have no one in custody.

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    Chicago political icon Abner Mikva dies at 90

    CHICAGO — Abner J. Mikva, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2014, died on July 4 in Chicago at age 90. Long known in Chicago and Washington political and legal circles as a liberal reform leader and a man of unassailable integrity, Mikva successfully bucked Chicago’s Democratic political machine when he was elected to the Illinois state legislature in 1956 as an independent reform-minded Democrat, and later served as a Democratic congressman in the late 1960s […]

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    Obama makes campaign debut with Clinton today

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama makes his campaign trail debut with Hillary Clinton Tuesday, his own legacy at stake as he works to elect a Democratic successor. Appearing onstage with Clinton in Charlotte after lending her a ride from Washington on Air Force One, Obama hopes to confer his relative popularity on a candidate still struggling to gain voters’ trust. He’ll tout the four years she served as his top diplomat as evidence of tough-nosed grit, and acknowledge that he […]

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    Transportation committee to vote on ride sharing licensing plan Friday

    CHICAGO — Rideshare’s future has hit a huge speed bump in Chicago. The city council’s transportation committee is set to vote on a licensing plan to require Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain chauffeur’s licenses after a one day class, be fingerprinted and have vehicles looked over by city hall. Today, the mayor met with the Uber, Lyft and Taxi lobby to talk tactics. Uber says a vote for the ordinance will force the company to abandon ridesharing in Chicago. WGN’s […]

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    Chicago Blackhawks break ground on new Community Training Center

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks broke ground today on their new Community Training Center in the 1800 block of West Jackson Boulevard. Blackhawks management says this team is proud to be West Siders, so they are investing in a training center to serve not only the players, but also the neighbors living near Malcolm X College. The 125,000 square foot center will soon become the Blackhawks’ new practice facility, as well as a site for youth hockey development programs and […]

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    Safe Passage workers celebrated as schools face an uncertain future

    CHICAGO — Today’s rally at Chicago State honored the 1,300 Safe Passage workers who spend five hours a day, five days a week to keep 75,000 CPS students safe on their way to and from school. In the past week, it was a Safe Passage worker’s quick action after talking to a second grader that led to the recovery of a weapon near one campus. Another worker de-escalated a fight between two adults. Earlier this year, another still applied pressure […]

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    CPS principal quits over state budget battle

    CHICAGO — It’s day 342 of Illinois’ budget battle. The impacts have been felt all across Illinois, especially at Chicago’s Public Schools. CPS has been waiting to see if the state will approve any additional money for schools, before letting principals know what their budget will be for the next school year. The uncertainty and lack of funding has been too much for Foreman High School Principal Dan Zimmerman. He’s leaving CPS for a job as a principal at an elementary […]

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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 […]