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
  • Toddler’s death ruled a homicide caused by assault; person in custody

    CHICAGO — An autopsy found 3-year-old Jesipel Aleman’s death early Sunday morning was a homicide caused by multiple injuries sustained during an assault; one person is in custody. Officers responded to reports of a 3-year-old girl not breathing in a Little Village apartment around 1:10 a.m. Sunday, and pronounced the toddler dead at the scene. Neighbors said the little girl’s family had lived for roughly three months, and they had heard loud fights from inside the apartment. Police interviewed many of […]

  • Yo-Yo Ma performs at Concert for Peace during violent weekend

    CHICAGO — It was a stunningly violent weekend in Chicago as a total of 32 people were shot from Saturday into Sunday. Among the violence was a drive-by shooting in the Lawndale that wounded eight people. Activists hoped to promote calm with a peace concert and rally featuring legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Saint Sabina Church on the Southwest Side. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has the story.

  • Chicago’s ‘L’ turns 125 — celebrate by riding on one of the CTA’s old cars

    Chicago’s “L,” or elevated train system, turns 125 years old Tuesday. To celebrate the 125th anniversary, you can ride on one of the CTA’s old cars. The CTA is offering rides Tuesday on two of its historic trains from the Heritage Feet. One is the 4000 series train built in 1923 and the other will be a 2400 series train built in 1976. They’ll both run in the Loop on the elevated track between noon and 3:15 p.m. More info: transitchicago.com/125

  • Twin of slain teen set to graduate, says brother is ‘looking over me’

    CHICAGO — Relying always on Scripture, Delores Bailey will tell you that “the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” Though the life of her 15-year-old son, Demario, was taken during an armed robbery on a December Saturday two and a half years ago, Delores says she is blessed to see his twin, Demacio, step out on a Saturday night in spring. It’s a season in which the 18-year-old arrives with more wisdom than most. “Everybody has problems,” Demacio told […]

  • Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget, miss spring deadline

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers missed their deadline to pass a budget during their spring session. The work for a budget will now continue into June for a second year in a row. House Democrats did not vote on a plan passed by the Senate. Now it will take a three-fifths majority to pass a budget instead of a simple majority. That means Democrats will need some Republican support. Last year lawmakers agreed to a short term budget to keep […]

  • 3-alarm fire guts Famsa Furniture in Logan Square

    CHICAGO — A spectacular extra-alarm fire at a Logan Square furniture store sent smoke pouring into the air as firefighters battled the flames for hours. No one was injured. The smoke from the fire was visible from O’Hare Airport and from much of the South Side. It took firefighters more than three hours to strike it, working most of the time in defensive mode. The fire started just before 8:00 this morning in the Famsa Furniture Store in the 2900 […]

  • At least 1 dead in crash involving bus and semi in Gary

    GARY, Ind. — A multi-vehicle accident killed one person and injured three others in Gary, Indiana. A semi-tractor trailer and a medical transport bus crashed at 4th Avenue and Rutledge Street on Tuesday morning. A passenger in the medical vehicle, 57 year-old Kathy Flowers, of Gary, was killed. Two other people in the medical bus were injured, as was the semi-driver. Witnesses say the semi-truck wasn’t speeding, tried to stop, and had a right of way without a stop sign. Police […]

  • Conflicting narratives emerge about Comey’s firing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conflicting narratives have emerged about the rationale for the president’s dismissal of the FBI director and some in congress are warning of impeachment proceedings. As for James Comey’s message to his former staff, he wrote that the president can fire him for any reason or for no reason at all. Comey said he won’t spend time dissecting the decision and that he hopes they won’t either. That is not the case for the rest of Capitol Hill. Sources […]

  • ‘He is rejoicing with Him now’: Friends mourning Wheaton College student turn to faith to cope

    WHEATON, Ill. — The shock is still apparent at Wheaton College, the day after tragedy at a school track meet. Ethan Roser, 19, was a member of the men’s soccer team working as a track volunteer when he was killed during the hammer throw event. Tonight the school held a prayer service in his honor. Friends of Roser are turning to their faith in coping with his sudden death. Kevin Lynch first met the freshman transfer at the Christian, liberal arts college when […]

  • Faithful celebrate 150 years of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at Jubilee Mass

    CHICAGO — On the day in which the Church celebrates what is known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Cardinal Blase Cupich celebrated mass at a church that is home to the Divine Mercy Chapel — one reason it is the only parish in the area open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, now in its 150th year. The Jubilee Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church was filled with faithful families that came to worship with multiple relations in […]