Randi Belisomo
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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
  • Man in custody following West Side barricade incident

    CHICAGO — Police responded to a scene where someone had barricaded inside a West Side building. Officers responded to a call of a man with a gun at a home in the 2100 block of West 21st Street about 11:22 a.m., said Officer Ana Pacheco, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department. “It turned into an HBT incident,” Pacheco said. SWAT members arrived at the West 21st Street address about 12:30 p.m., police said. A suspect in the incident surrendered to police without incident […]

  • Visa, MasterCard refuse to let its cards pay for adult ads on Backpage

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is cracking down on a website he claims serves as an open forum for prostitution. Dart announced a national initiative Wednesday asking credit card companies to stop processing payments for adult service ads from the website Backpage.com. So far, American Express and MasterCard have agreed. “The actions today of both MasterCard and Visa are huge. They should be roundly commended for their actions, and we stand firmly with them in what they’re doing,” Dart […]

  • Small agencies scramble under potential budget cuts

    CHICAGO — While debate and disagreement continues in Springfield, families across the state are strained and stressed by the task of coming up with a Plan B – an alternative to what they will do tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and next week if state funding is cut for a service upon which they depend. Lawmakers are in a standoff about a deficit in the billions but small agencies are scrambling to figure out how to still function with meager money and […]

  • Budget deadline, state service cuts just a day away

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ fiscal year ends Wednesday, and with no budget deal in sight, some state government agencies may have to shut down. The General Assembly has passed a budget with a hole of about $4 billion. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he won’t work on balancing the budget with legislative democrats until he gets five specific bills passed to lower business costs and curb political corruption. They include limiting liability lawsuits and tightening rules on workers compensation. Democrats say […]

  • Proud to Run participants enjoy extra pep in step after Supreme Court decision

    CHICAGO — The colors were bright and so were the smiles at Saturday morning’s Proud to Run event at Montrose Harbor, a 10k race along the lakefront held each year during Chicago’s pride weekend. One day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning bans on same sex marriage across the country, runners had a little more pep in their step. “I was driving when I heard it and I started crying I got so excited, I was driving to pick up a friend […]

  • Chicago’s gay community celebrates Supreme Court ruling on eve of Pride weekend

    CHICAGO — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, meaning the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. The ruling added to the excitement at Pride Month celebrations across the country. In Chicago, same-sex marriage supporters joined Mayor Emanuel for a champagne toast at the bar Sidetrack. It’s a decision that some there said they didn’t think […]

  • Communities plead for compassion in Rauner budget

    CHICAGO — A West Side church is calling for compassion in the state budget for young members like 11-year-old Nathaniel Fuquay. Cerebral palsy has confined Fuquay to a wheel chair, and the many needs associated with his condition makes him entirely dependent on his mom, Nicole. Nicole, a single mother of three, is dependent on a monthly state check for just more than $700. It’s a disability payment that may go away if Governor Rauner’s proposed budget becomes a reality. “I’m a […]

  • Rauner: ‘Rough’ weeks ahead for Illinois lawmakers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There’s a standoff in Springfield, Ill., and what was supposed to be the conclusion of the legislative session Sunday wasn’t so at all. Democrats call Governor Bruce Rauner’s ideas extreme. Republicans say the middle class can’t stomach another property tax hike. Now, the House will remain in continuous session this summer. A Democratic legislature plus Illinois’ new Republican governor added up to no budget at the scheduled end of session Sunday, and leaders from both parties aren’t […]

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    Chicago marks Memorial Day with ceremony at Grant Park

    CHICAGO — Chicago officially marked Memorial Day with a 21 gun salute and ceremony in Grant Park Monday morning. Special recognition was given to two local service members killed in the past year; Army Private Aaron Toppen of Frankfort and Marine Corps combat photographer Sara Medina of Aurora. The land of Lincoln has lost 255 troops since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.  

  • Racist graffiti posted on high rise door

    Someone painted a racial slur in bright red letters across the door of one South Loop resident’s home. It’s inside a high rise apartment building in the 16 hundred block of South Prairie. The resident says the incident must have happened sometime late last night or early this morning, and considering the building has a doorman and security, she suspects it may be one of her neighbors. Chicago Police say they are investigating the incident.  


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