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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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    3 killed, more than 30 injured in weekend shootings across Chicago

    CHICAGO — Three people were killed, and more than 30 were injured after a violent weekend on the city’s south and west sides. One of the injured includes a 1-year-old girl. Two people were critically wounded Sunday night at a bar in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Chicago police say a 34-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were outside of Judi’s Sports Bar and Grill in the 500 block of East 103rd St. when a man with a gun approached them and started […]

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    City Council votes unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as new CPD superintendent

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as the new police superintendent. The vote on Wednesday confirming Johnson as the next top cop was 50-0. Eddie Johnson new cpd superintendent. Vote 50-0 @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/0TmxYoF1Ck — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) April 13, 2016 On Tuesday, Johnson faced questions by the public safety committee. Aldermen asked him about his plans to fight Chicago’s growing gang problem, morale among the ranks, and a staffing shortage on the streets. The committee […]

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    Durbin announces initiatives to fight high lead levels

    CHICAGO – Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is bringing the fight against high lead levels to Chicago. He held a press conference this morning to discuss new initiatives to address high rates of lead exposure here in Chicago and in other cities across the country. Durbin said that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a “wake-up call”. He said that access to lead-free housing should not be determined by zip code. Durbin introduced legislation last month that would require local […]

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    3 injured after hit-and-run sends Uber car into River North bar

    CHICAGO — At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Chicago police say that a blue Toyota sedan headed west on Huron ran a red light at Orleans. It then crashed into an Uber car moving northbound. “It looked pretty serious to me, because the whole car here was crushed to the front of its windshield,” said a witness, Howard, who did not want to provide his last name. The crash propelled the Uber car into the Green Door Tavern, a historic building at […]

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    Bouncer, 51, shot in the head at Northwest Side bar

    CHICAGO — A man was shot in the head while working at a bar on the Northwest Side late Saturday night. Police say someone fired shots outside Brudder’s Bar & Grill at 3600 N. Pulaski in Old Irving Park around 11:45 p.m. A bullet went through the window hitting a 51-year-old man in the head. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Witnesses say the man is a bouncer at the bar and had just walked back […]

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    Man shot and killed, is third member of family shot in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  A Chicago man was shot and killed on the South Side early Wednesday making him the third member of a family who was a victim of the city’s gun violence. Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, 31-year-old Brion Barlow was shot multiple times in the 2400 block of East 72nd Street, where he was pronounced dead outside of Kennedy Fish and Chicken. WGN News spoke with the father of three last summer, when he was grieving for his uncle, […]

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    Parolee charged in off-duty cop shooting

    CHICAGO —  A parolee three months out of prison is facing attempted murder charges in the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer during a robbery earlier this week. Police say that this case clearly reveals that our criminal justice system is broken. Samuel Harviley, 24, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and robbery in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer on Monday. That officer was parking his car near his home in […]

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    Chicago’s Belgian community concerned about terrorist attacks in their homeland

    CHICAGO — Belgians in Chicago spent this morning seeking information from their loved ones overseas and from the Belgian Embassy in Washington, wanting to ensure that their families are safe and mourning those who are not. Belgians in Chicago are talking to each other and communicating with those in their native country — a country on Easter holiday when two explosions hit the departures area of the Brussels airport during a peak time for travel this morning. The explosions were […]

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    Off-duty Chicago Police officer shoots man who beat him with a baseball bat

    CHICAGO –   An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and injured a man who hit him with a baseball bat late Saturday night on the city’s Northwest Side. It happened at about 10:30 p.m. as the off-duty officer walked near Schubert Avenue and Monitor Avenue. News Affairs released a statement saying the officer saw an “aggressive male holding his waistband area.” The unidentified officer, who is assigned to 19th District, announced he was an officer and then patted down the man. […]

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    Burnham fire leaves one dead

    BURNHAM, Ill. –   A fire inside a home in South Suburban Burnham has left one man dead. The fire started at 10:30 p.m. Friday at a home near 145th Street and South Bensley Avenue. James Bennett, 64, was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hospital in Hammond but died a short time later. No one else was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

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