Amy Rutledge is a traffic reporter for WGN Evening News. Amy joined WGN-TV in January of 2005 as a general assignment reporter. The next year she became the evening anchor at CLTV while continuing her reporting duties. In May 2008, she took a brief break from Chicago and moved to Shanghai, China where she helped launch Shanghai’s first and only English speaking newscast. Amy served as the stations managing editor, talk show host, political reporter, and occasional evening anchor traveling between Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2010 she came back to Chicago and WGN-TV.

Prior to WGN-TV, Amy spent three years as the morning anchor and investigative reporter at WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also worked as a reporter, anchor, and weather forecaster at KVBC in Las Vegas, Nevada; a reporter, anchor, and producer at WEHT in Evansville, Indiana; a reporter and producer at KRNV in Reno, Nevada; and a producer at WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois.

Amy graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She also studied Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a graduate of Schaumburg H.S.

While in China, Amy studied Mandarin and the Chinese culture. She currently speaks at a conversational level but hopes to one day become fluent. When not at work, Amy is an avid runner, and has completed over a dozen marathons, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.


Recent Articles
  • I-55/LSD interchange project complete

    CHICAGO — It’s now a little easier to get to Lake Shore Drive, Soldier Field and the Museum Campus, because the I-55/LSD interchange project is complete. The $135 million project started in 2015 and included the reconstruction of six elevated bridges and a second ramp to connect LSD to outbound I-55. Transportation officials say the upgrades will be beneficial for a countless number of people.

  • Excitement palpable at George B. Armstrong for toy giveaway

    CHICAGO — Holiday décor lines the hallways of George B. Armstrong, and in just minutes, the excited squeals of students will float through these walls. Employees from the company Salesforce will deliver presents to 500 students in preschool through second grade. It is the fourth annual Secret Snowman giveaway at the school of international studies, the brainchild of high school friends Jessica Huegel and Carolyn Bathauer, which turns a three week writing assignment into a lesson about giving. WGN’s Amy Rutledge […]

  • Park Ridge Christmas lights honor boy’s cancer fight

    PARK RIDGE — Even just sparkling quietly in the daylight, the Christmas lights extravaganza that is the Grusecki house has electrified this Park Ridge neighborhood. It’s more than 200,000 lights, signs and displays at the corner of Engel Boulevard and Belle Plaine Avenue, the product of nine months of planning and preparation this family has done four years in a row—but none quite like this. “We’ve combined five different songs,” Tina Grusecki said. “Each song has a different meaning, not […]

  • Swissôtel gets into holiday spirit with ‘Santa Suite,’ ‘elf-decorated’ rooms

    CHICAGO — Families can visit with Santa as he stays in style in a suite in the Swissôtel downtown this holiday season. Complete with Christmas trees, Santa’s chair, and even some special decor for visitors from the Island of Misfit Toys, the suite is open to the public for elf-guided tours starting Dec. 2. Santa’s full schedule is available on the Swissôtel website. Or for those who are coming into town for the holidays, there are even some elf-decorated rooms in the […]

  • Officials warn of black ice, slippery roads as winter driving season begins

    CHICAGO — Just after smashed-up vehicles were cleared from an empty lot on the Near South Side Sunday night, an SUV carrying two adults flipped over nearby, slipping off the road after it hit the same patch of nearly-invisible black ice near a Dan Ryan exit ramp. Luckily no one was injured, but the crashes are reminders that being on the roads this time of year requires drivers to be even more vigilant in watching out for potentially dangerous conditions. State […]

  • Experts predict the worst times to drive in Chicago as holiday travel surges this year

    CHICAGO — Whether it’s at the airport, over the roads, or on the rails, a new AAA report out Thursday predicts more than 50 million people will travel 50 miles or more next week, making up the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in 12 years. The result: experts say travel times over the long weekend could be three times as long as normal. Most travel will happen on the roads. AAA and global transportation analytics company INRIX are predicting huge traffic jams in […]

  • Commuter Complaints: Cyclists vs cars in the battle for city streets

    Which corner you’ll take in this fight really depends on what portion of the pavement you place yourself. One side says drivers are the problem: I don’t think they pay enough attention to cyclists and pedestrians. They don’t pay attention to their surroundings especially with the bike lanes. They’re never nice.. they either leave you alone or they honk or flip you off. The other side says cyclists can be selfish: …most of them they won’t stop for pedestrians they […]

  • Slick conditions causes multiple accidents, closures in Chicago-area

    CHICAGO — Light snow in Chicagoland is causing slick conditions Friday, which has prompted some accidents and road closures. All lanes are blocked on inbound I-90/I-94 at Montrose Avenue due to an accident. Injuries are unknown but the fire department is on the scene. Icy  conditions closed the I-290 outbound ramp to outbound I-90/I-94/Dan Ryan. On Damen Avenue near Blue Island Avenue in Chicago, there’s an accident involving a car crashing into a building. In Northbrook, slick conditions led to […]

  • Commuter Complaints: Putting the ‘plane’ in complaints

    There are flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage, ticketing issues – these are things about air travel often out of our control.  But could we, the traveling public, do more to make everyone’s trip a little more enjoyable? Navigating your way through the airport and onto the plane – the logistics – coupled with crowds seem to give people the most air travel angst. Travel expert Kendra Thorton says first and foremost, the key is time.  Build some in your trip […]

  • 2 children, 2 adults injured in West Ridge crash

    CHICAGO – Two adults and two children were injured in a car crash in the city’s West Ridge neighborhood. Two cars were involved in a crash at the intersection of California Avenue and Pratt Boulevard around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Two kids were taken to the hospital as well as two adults. The adults are in critical condition. A third adult was involved but it is unknown if they were injured.