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.

Recent Articles
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    Emanuel to announce changes to Chicago police training

    CHICAGO – Chicago police officers will be trained differently under a new plan to be unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor will hold a 2 p.m. news conference to announce new training that emphasizes teaching officers to try to de-escalate conflicts before drawing their guns. Also, all police officers will be trained to use tasers by June; and every officer will be equipped with a taser before the start of a shift. Proponents of tasers say they are less lethal […]

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    2 robbery suspects arrested after high-speed police chase

    CHICAGO — A high-speed police chase ends with two robbery suspects in custody. It started when police spotted a white Jeep that was used in several armed robberies, on the Kennedy Expressway. The chase ended early Wednesday morning near 57th and King Drive. Two people were arrested. Police say they recovered two weapons and that more suspects may be on the loose. A source tells WGN that these arrests are related to a number of last week’s robberies in Lincoln Park, Streeterville and the Gold Coast. This […]

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    Travel troubles linger after Monday’s winter weather

    CHICAGO — For the second straight day, there are major cancellations at O’Hare Airport on Tuesday in the wake of a nasty, winter storm. At O’Hare, hundreds of flights have been scrubbed. Thousands of frustrated travelers are waiting in line and hoping to get through security and catch their planes. “It’s horrible. I’m a hostage at O’Hare Airport,” said one traveler. 24 flights are also canceled at Midway.

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    Winter Storm Warning in Chicago-area for sleet, freezing rain

    CHICAGO — Winter Storm Warning/Freezing Rain Advisory for Freezing Rain and Sleet is in effect for the entire Chicago area  Monday. The icy precipitation will spread into our area from the south this morning creating extremely hazardous conditions for driving/travel and outdoor activities. Initially temperatures will fall to or below freezing this morning with precipitation in the form of freezing rain/sleet and even a little snow mixed in gradually spreading north. During the day, temperatures will probably rise above freezing – first […]

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    Sandra Bland family, attorneys blast grand jury process

    CHICAGO – This week, a grand jury is expected to determine whether or not any criminal charges should be filed in connection with the death of Sandra Bland of Naperville while she was held in a Texas jail cell. Her family’s attorneys say the probe and the process are deeply flawed. “We wanted to make it very clear and plain that we have absolutely no confidence in what we believe is a sham proceeding,” said attorney Larry Rogers in a news […]

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    CTA Loop Link bus service begins Sunday

    CHICAGO – CTA customers took their first rides today on the new Loop Link, a modernized bus transit network that runs on Madison, Washington, Clinton and Canal between Michigan Avenue and the West Loop. “I see it being very beneficial for the traffic in the city,” said CTA rider Nancy Salman. The $32 million project is intended to cut travel times across the central business district in half for the six bus routes included: J14, 20, 56, 60, 124 and […]

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    1 dead, 1 injured in Far South Side fire

    CHICAGO –  A man is dead and another person is seriously injured after a fire at a house on Chicago’s Far South Side. The fire began just before 7 a.m.  at 131 E. 103rd Place in the Roseland neighborhood. Chicago Fire Media says a 63-year-old man was pronounced dead and the other victim, whose age and gender were not available, were taken a nearby hospital in serious to critical condition. A Fire Department spokesman says the house had no gas […]

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    Muslims in Chicago react to Trump’s controversial remarks

    CHICAGO — Donald Trump is standing by his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. The republican presidential candidate said the ban is warranted because the U.S. is essentially at war with Muslim extremists. He pointed to recent deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. He said, “we are now at war” and “we have a president who doesn’t want to say that.” Some Muslims in Chicago say they are praying for Trump, despite his controversial remarks.

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    Firefighters battle scrap yard blaze on North Side

    CHICAGO – A seven-story pile of cars in a scrap yard caught fire at 9:30 Sunday morning in Lincoln Park.  Dan O’Donnell knew something was wrong when he left home this morning for church. “I saw black smoke coming across Armitage, and it kept getting darker and darker,” he said. The Chicago Fire Department responded to the hazmat situation at General Iron Industries, located near the intersection of Cortland and Marcey. “It’s a large pile of unprocessed scrap, so you […]

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    Officer Jason Van Dyke due in court again Monday

    CHICAGO — Monday morning, 14-year Chicago Police Department veteran Jason Van Dyke will appear for a second time at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse. The judge in this first degree murder case will be factoring in dash-cam video that had not been released at the time of Van Dyke’s first appearance. That video will be used to determine whether or not he should be granted bail. The Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police has posted a bail fund […]


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