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 — Three firefighters are recovering after an early-morning fire at a bakery on the Southwest Side. The fire started before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West 41st Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The site was home to Chris’ Bakery. Several firefighters were trapped inside the bakery after wind slammed a door shut behind them. All three suffered burns and were taken to local hospitals in good condition. “There was a lot of […]
CHICAGO — The woman dubbed the ‘serial stowaway’ is unfit to stand trial, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday morning. Marilyn Hartman was back in court as authorities tried to figure out what to do about her repeated efforts to board planes without tickets. She’s been in jail since January, held without bond since boarding a flight from O’Hare to London’s Heathrow Airport without a ticket. In court, two mental health professionals said she was unfit for trial. The judge […]
CHICAGO — What to do with Marilyn Hartman? That’s the question at a hearing Thursday for a 66-year-old woman dubbed the “serial stowaway” for a history of trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket. She’s behind bars, not because she faces charges that she slipped onto a jet from Chicago to London, but because of what the judge who set her free told her not to do: She returned to the airport. Now, two months after a judge […]
CHICAGO — The Merchandise Mart’s 2.6-acre facade will soon transform into the world’s largest permanent projection canvas, dubbed “Art on theMART.” “This new installation will be a game changer,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE. Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared 2017 to be the “Year of Public Art,” and the effort culminates in the largest plan of them all. Art on the MART is part of City Hall’s idea to attract 55 million tourists annually and turn the riverfront into attraction to match the […]
CHICAGO — Illinois Republicans are lining up to condemn a new campaign ad by one of their own. State Rep. Jeanie Ives, a three term legislator from Wheaton, began airing an ad over the weekend that attacks Governor Bruce Rauner on a number of issues, including abortion, immigration and transgender rights. Some are calling the ad racist, sexist, transphobic and divisive. The ad plays off a previous commercial for her current opponent in the GOP primary, Governor Rauner. It featured […]
WASHINGTON –Over the strong objections of his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI, White House officials said Thursday. The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, is said to allege FBI misconduct in the initial stages of its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump’s Justice Department and […]
WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A Chicago man facing terror charges for threatening to shoot passengers on a Greyhound bus Friday will face an extradition hearing Wednesday, a judge ruled Sunday. Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, was arrested and could be charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disorderly conduct after he reportedly made threats on a Greyhound bus and instigated a police chase on I-94 late Friday night. Police responded to a 911 call made by a passenger onboard the Greyhound bus stating a man […]
Chicago’s very own Naomi Wilson recently passed away, but Saturday, her family and friends threw a big celebration in her honor. To measure Mrs. Wilson’s life in length, it was exceptional. She died on the first day of a year that would have brought her 109th birthday. “The idea of living until 108 is absolutely incredible,” said Judy Solomon Rush, St. Dorothy Church member. Mrs. Wilson’s funeral mass this morning was celebrated at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church. It marked its […]
CHICAGO — Even for late December in Chicago, it is abnormally and awfully cold. The high today was 11 degrees, and temperatures may tumble to minus 6 degrees this New Year’s Eve night. That news has many planning to stay in for a warmer welcome to 2018. But the University of Chicago’s Dr. Michael Ernst says just five to 10 minutes out here can cause frostnip, which can eventually become frostbite. WGN’s Randi Belisomo caught up with some Chicagoans braving the cold […]
CHICAGO — The University of Chicago Medicine is ready to welcome new patients to its brand new adult emergency room. The state-of-the-art emergency department is part of an ambitious expansion at the U of C. It can treat adults for the most serious emergencies, including heart attack and stroke. UChicago Medicine already has a pediatric trauma center and a Burn and Complex Wound Center. The South Side lost its last adult trauma center 16 years ago, when Michael Reese Hospital closed its […]