Julie Unruh

Julie Unruh is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. She first joined the news department in September of 2001.

In her years with Channel 9, Julie has appeared regularly on the popular WGN Morning Show and is perhaps more familiar to viewers on the WGN News at Nine, where she covers human interest, political and breaking news, earning praise for her in depth coverage of the political corruption trials of former Governor George Ryan and ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on ChicagoLand TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent two years as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

Prior to her pursuit in television journalism, Julie spent two years in New York working for CBS Network News. Some of her special assignments included the 1996 U.S. presidential election and the O.J. Simpson trial. Julie also spent two years at the White House in Washington, D.C. helping manage the White House Press Corps before launching a career in television news.

A native of Chicago, Julie is a graduate of Indiana University and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. Julie resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children.

Recent Articles
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    Half the hound he used to be: Beagle’s inspiring story of transformation

    Obesity rates in the U.S. have been on the rise for decades. More than one third of adults are considered obese. And the stats don’t stop there. How we treat our own bodies is influencing how we treat our pets. Obesity rates for adult dogs is at roughly 54%. But there’s inspiration in one local dog’s tale. When you consider America’s bad health habits leave half of adult dogs labeled as obese, Kale Chips is proof they don’t have to […]

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    Senior services feeling costly burden of state budget mess

    Thursday marked Day #296 of Illinois’ budget mess. It has been  months and counting as Democrats and the Republican administration face off over finances. All as state residents and families continue to suffer. A small business owner , her staff and some of their clients who are members of one of the most vulnerable populations are taking a hit. The Dept of Aging refuses to acknowledge that any seniors are losing services because state money to pay for home care […]

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    Caregivers’ missing pay traced back to financial issues with contracted company

    Last month, WGN News told you about a home care aide working every day to help with a severely disabled adult male. He’s been doing it since January. And for weeks he was doing it for free. But was it the state budget mess after all? Or was it financial problems with the contracted company using state funds to pay home care workers? Standford  says his paychecks, funded by the state, didn’t come for so long he feared he’d been […]

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    How easy is to register your pet as an emotional support animal?

    Service dogs. Therapy animals. Emotional support pets. There are so many titles for animals serving their owners in some way, but are people taking advantage of something designed to help humans?  Is the certification or registry for emotional support pets too easy? You might think you have to jump through hoops to get a certificate and IDs but it’s easier than you might think. It’s not free, but may come at a cost to the people who need the service […]

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    Man scammed out of thousands after buying car online

    How do you know a good deal from a bad one when you are shopping online? One Chicago man claims he is the victim of a crime through Craigslist and he’s out thousands of dollars as a result. He never saw it coming. Willie Smith says he was shopping for a family car. He went to Craigslist and thought he was being smart about where he went, who he was with and when he made the purchase. He brought friends […]

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    Illinois could become 1st state to ban gun-shaped cell phone cases

    CHICAGO — Banned last year by City Council, phone cases that look like handguns are still allowed outside the city limits. But Illinois is not stopping there. One legislator is taking a crack at becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban them. They really do look like the real thing. And in a town where gun violence is no joke, a gag like this could deliver a deadly punch line. According to the Chicago Tribune, this year alone has seen […]

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    Tackling Type 2 Diabetes: Local group curbing bad habits through education, communication

    CHICAGO — One medical doctor’s group out of the University of Chicago is using the power of the prescription pad to get people with Type 2 Diabetes on the right track to better health. Using a “back the basics” method with good communication and patient outings, The South Side Diabetes Project aims to keep people off of medication whenever possible.  Type 2 diabetes is largely considered a lifestyle disease. Chipping away at bad habits the old fashioned way is the […]

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    Primary Day: Trump takes Illinois; Foxx ousts Alvarez

    CHICAGO — Tuesday was Election Day in Illinois. Officials said voter turnout was steady, but it may not reach the level seen eight years ago when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced off in the Democratic presidential primary. Along with the presidential primary, Illinois voters cast ballots on several state and city-wide elections, including House and Senate primaries, and Cook County state’s attorney. Read below for updates, photos and results from Tuesday night’s primaries.

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    Flushable wipes causing a stink in some sewers: Is a clog coming to Cook County?

    In cities all over the world, there has been a great debate about the sewers and all eyes are on little white paper sheets that some claim are clogging up the sewers, bursting the pipes and costing taxpayers millions. Whoever would have thought that tiny little wet wipes could spark such a debate over such a mess. Round, toxic filled lumps have been growing in sewers across the globe. They are described in some cases as the size of a […]

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    Travel smarter, easier with these tips

    Spring Break is around the corner and eager travelers are already plotting their summer vacations.  Whether you hit the road or take to the skies, a few simple tricks that may help you get where you’re going with a smile on your face. Booking a flight on-line is the every man’s option these days.  When you do it, Andrew Richdale, the senior editor from Afar Magazine, urges you to turn your browser to “private.” “You can select a browsing privately […]


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