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.
CHICAGO — A woman was found dead with a bag over her head near the Chicago River in Goose Island early Thursday, police said. The body was discovered in the 800 block of West Evergreen Avenue about 6:30 a.m., according to the Chicago Police Department. A worker in a nearby building told WGN News he called 911 after spotting the woman’s body while out on a smoking break. The woman was naked with a plastic Aldi bag over her head. […]
CHICAGO — Three Chicago police officers were injured while trying to help people escape from a burning building on the Northwest Side. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at a building at Fullerton and Pulaski in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood. The three officers were taken to Resurrection Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
CHICAGO — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday. From New York to California, July Fourth festivities will be at times lively and lighthearted, with Macy’s July Fourth fireworks and Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest. In Chicago, many are enjoying the holiday outdoors at a barbecue, parade, or with a visit to the beach. The day’s events will also […]
PARK FOREST, Ill. — Police are investigating the drowning death of a 10-year-old boy at an aquatic center in Park Forest. The boy has been identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Jaleel R. Drayton. Jaleel was reported missing by family members after 4 a.m. Tuesday. The family told police he had been playing near Central Park. As police searched, the family called police to say they had seen Jaleel’s clothing outside a pool at Park Forest Aqua Center, […]
CHICAGO — Chicago and Illinois State Police are taking extra precautions and beefing up patrols on the streets and the expressways to make sure people stay safe over the Independence Day holiday. “Beginning tonight and through the Fourth, expect to see a larger police presence through out the city, police superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday at a news conference. The Chicago Police Department will have 1,500 officers on patrol for the holiday. More than 100 officers will be assigned specifically […]
CHICAGO — It’s the day to commemorate Mexico’s underdog victory over France at the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. And far north of the border on the North Side of Chicago, Cinco de Mayo is the time for tacos and tequila. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has more.
CHICAGO — Officials unveiled a new strategy to curtail a surge carjackings Sunday, combining cutting-edge technology and stiffer penalties for offenders. In the first four months of 2018 there have been 243 carjackings in Chicago, already outpacing last year, when the city had the most carjackings in a decade. A recent series of carjackings on the Gold Coast and on the West Side left several victims in its wake, including an 84-year-old man. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt. […]
CHICAGO — A 34-year-old man was stabbed in the Loop on Friday night. The victim was walking in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street about 8:40 p.m. Friday when someone in a dark jacket approached and began talking, police said. That man then stabbed the victim in his abdomen and neck. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where his condition had stabilized. No one was in custody. 8:40pm Friday: a guy approached a 34 year old […]
CHICAGO — A Cook County Thursday delayed action on a suit against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart over what some are calling unlawful detentions. According to a suit filed earlier this year, 55 people were kept in custody even after their bonds were posted. Dart said the electronic-monitoring system is overwhelmed and has resulted in a dramatic increase in the release of violent offenders. The judge turned down the plaintiff’s injunction request, saying Dart should be given time to respond […]
WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH LIVE TESTIMONY Zuckerberg opened his remarks before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees by taking responsibility for failing to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, from gathering personal information from 87 million users to try to […]