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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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    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 […]

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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 […]