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
  • Garcia, Emanuel cross paths Monday as runoff approaches

    CHICAGO — Incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia crossed paths Monday in the campaign for Chicago mayor. They both worked for votes during a Pulaski Day celebration at the Polish Museum of America in the West Town Neighborhood. Their close encounter came as a new poll was released showing Garcia and Emanuel in a dead heat heading into next month’s runoff. A poll of a thousand voters by Ogden & Fry has Emanuel leading Garcia 42.9% to 38.5%. […]

  • Mayoral candidates make final campaign push

    CHICAGO – Candidates will be doing some last minute stumping for votes today. They’ll head to church, in a last chance push to get undecided voters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was out meeting voters in Bronzeville yesterday. “I often say the election is just not about the next four years, it’s about the next generation,” Emanuel said. A Tribune poll shows him with a solid lead heading into Tuesday’s election. But this weekend, each candidate has a last chance to push […]

  • Funeral held today for Ald. JoAnn Thompson

    CHICAGO — The funeral for 16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson was today. The funeral started at 12 p.m. at Freedom Temple at 1459 West 74th Street. Thompson had been serving in the City Council since 2007. She was running for her third term in office. She is known for bringing a Whole Foods to the Englewood neighborhood and starting an annual music festival. Thompson died last Monday night from sudden heart failure. She was 58.

  • Health care deadline is Sunday; Where to get help

    The 2015 health insurance marketplace closes tomorrow, and deadline-driven Chicagoans are turning to care navigators like those working this weekend at Presence St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Since open enrollment began in November, 10 million Americans have signed up for a health plan. Navigators will be in place until 10 pm Saturday and Sunday. They are able to offer assistance in Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. If you want to “get covered,” you still have tomorrow to do so. Come […]

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    Man shot by Chicago Police officers in Englewood

    Chicago police officers shot and injured a man on the city’s South Side early Saturday. Officers say the man was trying to park a car in the 1300 block of West 73rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood at about 12:30 a.m. The officers discovered the car was stolen and tried to approach the car and the driver. The 18-year-old man tried to drive off and slammed into the officers’ car and several parked cars. Officers told the driver to put […]

  • Major winter storm hits Chicago area

    CHICAGO — A major weekend snowstorm is threatening to put a damper on Super Bowl plans. Snow started falling late last night.  Up to 14 inches is expected in some parts of the area by Monday morning. And that’s not all.  Wind gusts as high as 40 miles-per-hour are expected this afternoon, turning this snowfall into a potential whiteout condition. A winter blizzard warning takes effect at 2 p.m. until midnight. Residents throughout the area hit the stores yesterday to stock up […]

  • Chicagoans reach great heights in 18th annual Step Up For Kids

    The numbers are big ones: 80 floors, 1,643 steps total ascended by 2,500 participants this morning at the 18th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids Stair Climb. The Aon Center event was expected to raise more than $600,000 Sunday. In just shy of two decades, it has brought in more than five million for the Lurie Children’s Family Services Center. Those are funded almost entirely by philanthropy alone.  

  • 4 CPD officers injured after SUVs collide during chase in Little Village

    CHICAGO – Four Chicago Police officers were injured early Sunday morning  when two squad cars crashed while chasing a stolen vehicle in on the Southwest Side. The two police SUVs collided around 3:35 a.m. near the intersection of 26th Street and South California Avenue, just across from the Cook County Criminal Courts Building.  News Affairs says both SUVs were responding to the call of a stolen vehicle. Two officers were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, and two others were taken […]

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    2 seriously injured after car crashes into frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO — A man and woman are hospitalized with serious injuries after their car slid off Lake Shore Drive and ended up in the Diversey Harbor lagoon. It happened just before 2 a.m. Monday The car landed upside down on the frozen surface of the lagoon. Rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to get the passengers out. Part of the guardrail along the west edge of the drive was destroyed. The man is being treated at Illinois Masonic […]

  • Police warn Albany Park businesses following series of burglaries

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police are warning Albany Park business owners on North Kedzie Avenue after a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Four incidents have damaged stores in the last few weeks. The most recent happened at Mounsef International, a Middle Eastern grocery that has been a fixture in the 4700 block of North Kedzie for 30 years. Two more burglaries happened two blocks north, one at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 and another at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 8. The first […]


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