Randi Belisomo

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
  • Searching for answers in Sandra Bland case

    LISLE, Ill. — What happened to Sandra Bland? That’s a question being asked nationwide and at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the 28-year-old’s faith community remembered her Sunday morning. Texas prosecutors have called for a grand jury review of findings from an investigation into the Bland’s death. Her family questioned the claim that she committed suicide while in Waller County Jail. Many at the Lisle, Ill., church Sunday signed a petition to pursue the case differently. Bland was preparing […]

  • City urges residents to take precautions for extreme temperatures

    CHICAGO — The Chicago summer has finally arrived in full force. A heat advisory is in effect today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Temperatures will reach the mid-90s, and the heat index could hit 110 degrees. FORECAST: Demetrius Ivory has the latest on today’s hot weather in the WGN Chicago Weather Center. The Chicago Department of Public Health is urging residents to drink lots of water and check on neighbors and elderly friends and family. People can call 311 […]

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    Chicagoans flock to 2015 Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — The parade’s colors were bright and vibrant, shining and sparkling down Broadway to the rhythms of celebration. With a beautiful June Sunday serving as backdrop, the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade was a spectacle for the senses. This pride weekend will be marked forever in American legal and social history: Chicago’s annual honoring of its LGBT community and causes has fallen within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn bans on same-sex marriage. “I feel like I’m at […]

  • United resumes flights after computer problems

    CHICAGO — United Airlines is getting back to normal today after flights worldwide were grounded for nearly two hours Wednesday morning. United grounded all of its planes because of “automation issues,” according to an FAA notice. An FAA spokeswoman said the airline was having computer problems. Long lines were reported at airports nationwide.  Agents gave handwritten boarding passes to many passengers. CNN reports 4,900 flights were impacted by the problem worldwide.  At O’Hare International Airport in Chicago United passengers experienced delays […]

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    Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

    CHICAGO  — A 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago. Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital. Relatives say the boy had been celebrating with family when he was shot. “I don’t know how me and my family are going to […]

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    7-year-old killed among Fourth of July fatalities

    CHICAGO –  Three people are dead after a violent Fourth of July. A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed over night and at least 27 others were injured.   An overnight shooting in Humboldt Park left Amari Brown, 7, dead and a 26-year-old woman wounded.   Police said both were standing on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of N. Harding just before midnight when shots were fired.  The child was hit in the chest and pronounced dead at Stroger […]

  • 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 […]


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