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Amy Rutledge is a WGN News reporter for WGN Evening News, effective September 2013. 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.


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    Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes new polar bear – and a new home for him!

    CHICAGO — Say hello to Siku. He is Lincoln Park Zoo’s new polar bear and he made his public debut today. And he certainly seems at home in his new digs, the Walter Family Arctic Tundra also opened to the public today. The $16-million dollar exhibit is on the footprint of the old polar bear enclosure.  The larger, new and improved version features more landscape with bushes and grasslands, two pools, a stream even an ice cave reminiscent of his natural […]

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    Circus boasts new additions to make it Greatest Show on – and off – Earth

    CHICAGO — It is the 146th edition of the Greatest Show on Earth and for the first time ever Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus is hitting the ice. “Out of this World” is the new production which just blasted off for a four year tour. On top of the traditional circus animals, high flying acts and wild performances, the show and its costumes are high tech. Dawna Oak is the senior director of costumes for Feld Entertainment and […]

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    Security line innovations may cut airport wait times

    CHICAGO — This past Spring, passengers were forced to wait in massive security lines at O’Hare. Over the summer the problem eased and now two airlines are going high tech to help holiday travel run smoother than ever. American Airlines kicked off its two new automated screening lanes at O’Hare about a week ago and United opened three today. Bins at each station are now 25% bigger and the likelihood of you getting stuck behind a slower moving traveler appears […]

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    Veteran brings pride, patriotism to local clothing business

    Daniel Alarik is the founder and CEO of a Chicago-area company, exactly what he didn’t want to do when he graduated high school and joined the army. “I wanted to do something greater than myself,” he says.  “I actually had huge disdain for business.   I wanted to do something bigger.” Out of training right before 9/11, Daniel was deployed to Bosnia and Kosivo before becoming a drill sergeant in Fort Benning, Georgia.  In 2011, with a new baby, it was […]

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    Company offering personalized 3D Wrigley statues

    They are the greats who welcome visitors to the storied Wrigley Field.  Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Ron Santo and Billy Williams are the guardians of Cubs history who draw scores of visitors during the season. And now you can become one of them – on a much smaller scale. Julie Friedman-Steele is the founder and CEO of the 3D Printer Experience, and like many, a lifelong Cubs fan. “I had been to the Cubs games many times. I actually sang […]

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    Cubs championship parade sweeps though Chicago

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs players waved at fans as their open-roof buses move down Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, which was shut down for the team’s World Series championship parade Friday. Tens of thousands of fans lined city streets Friday, waving Cubs “W” victory flags and shouting, “Let’s go Cubs,” as the buses went past. Players hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy as a large replica of the trophy went past on the back of a pickup truck. And as Cubs President Theo […]

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    Checking in with some of our favorite Cubs fans after the big win

    Since the beginning of October Baseball, WGN’s been bringing you some of the most diehard and unique  Chicago Cubs fans we could find. Now that the team has brought home the World Series trophy, WGN’s Amy Rutledge caught up with some of them to see how they are handling the big win.

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    Mighty Cubs fans flies the W high about Cleveland landmark

    CHICAGO — Across the city of Chicago today, there was a strong shows of support for the Cubs. Despite the dreary weather, The W has been displayed prominently across the city helping to spread happiness to fans all across the area. The W flew proudly around Wrigleyville of course but also in the windows of the Merchandise Mart, along the river downtown and while businesses in the Loop showed plenty of Cubbie Blue. Most of the city seems to be […]

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    Cubs-inspired cemetery is a Friendly Confines for the afterlife

    CHICAGO — Far on the city’s Northwest Side, near the intersection of Pulaski and Foster, sits a national historic landmark and a melting pot of Chicago cultures. In 1877 a group of Czech, Moravian, and Slovakian immigrants founded the Bohemian National Cemetery as a final resting place for a myriad of interests. Among some of the notables buried there:  former Chicago Mayor Anton Cermack, and more than 400 of the people lost in the Eastland Disaster of 1915. And you’ll […]

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    For kids who can`t make it out, Halloween comes to them at local hospital

    CHICAGO —  From Super Girl to Hello Kitty to Mini Mouse, a crazy cast of characters lined the halls of the Childrens Hospital at University of Illinois this morning – and that was just the hospital staff. It was part of an all-out Halloween extravaganza for a group of kids who might not have gotten too many tricks or treats this year. “Some of these kids are sick and in the hospital and missing Halloween today, so we do a […]