Julie Unruh
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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
  • Dyett High School hunger strike enters 11th day, Mayor Emanuel responds

    CHICAGO — It is day 11 of a hunger strike on Chicago’s South Side. About a dozen parents and grandparents are starving themselves in protest of the closing of Walter H. Dyett High School. The group says they’ve lived on water, juice and other fortified drinks this entire time, hoping Mayor Rahm Emanuel would notice. On Thursday, he did. “And I would remind everybody, within a three-mile radius there 10 high schools,” Emanuel said. “Within about a mile of the school, there’s King College Prep. So there’s […]

  • 3 killed after car hits tree in unincorporated Ingleside

    INGLESIDE, Ill. — Three people were killed after their car hit a tree and burst into flames in unincorporated Ingleside, according to authorities. The accident happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at Rollins Road Near W. Lake Shore Drive. Investigators are still searching for clues as to how the car ended up off the road after slamming head on into a tree and burst into flames. People driving by saw the flames and tried to pull the victims from the vehicle before […]

  • Suspect in custody after chase on South Side kills 1, paralyzes another

    CHICAGO — A 66-year-old man died after being hit by a car that was being chased by police on the city’s South Side. At about 7:35 p.m. Monday, officers pulled over a 26-year-old man driving a dark blue Pontiac for an alleged traffic violation near 75th Street and Saint Lawrence Avenue. The driver is accused of speeding away, running a red light at 75th and King Drive, and striking another car. He then allegedly hit Willie Owens, who was in the street working […]

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    Man from Downers Grove among victims of Wash. state wildfire

    CHELAN, Wash. — Authorities say three firefighters killed and four injured were overrun by flames as they battled blazes in the same area of Washington state. The Forest Service identified the fallen firefighters as Andrew Zajac, 26; Tom Zbyszewski and Richard Wheeler, 31. According to family members, Andrew Zajac is from Downers Grove and was fighting fires out west for his second year.  He’s married and described as a hardworking, outdoorsman and athlete who will long be a part of their happy […]

  • Body found in backyard of Calumet City home

    CALUMET CITY, Ill.– Calumet city residents are looking for answers after a 22 year old black male was found dead in the driveway of a vacant home. Detectives showed up to the scene around noon, Thursday to find the victim deceased. Police believe he was shot. No one in the 500 block of Bensley seems to have heard gunshots, but police think the man was killed in the last 12 hours or so. Anyone with information is asked to call […]

  • Would-be burglar poses as repair man, swoops in from rooftops

    CHICAGO —  Is there a cat burglar posing as a construction worker in the South Loop? One man says he caught him–just not red handed. A resident was working from his home in the building of 1918 S Michigan Ave Tuesday afternoon.  His patio door was open and from his living room, Les Reed watched a stranger propel down onto his balcony to do “work” no one in the building authorized. The stranger said he was working on sealing “leaks.” […]

  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    Full court won’t rehear appeal of Rod Blagojevich

    CHICAGO — A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals posted a notice Wednesday indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat. Blagojevich had hoped the full court might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July. Blagojevich’s only remaining option for more counts to be overturned is an appeal to the U.S. […]

  • Crowd fills Park West for Bernie Sanders fundraiser

    CHICAGO — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a fundraiser in Chicago Monday night. The a packed house filled the Park West. The Federal Election Commission says sanders raised $15 million from April through June. Most of that money came in through small donations. WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.

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    Lincoln-Way North High School to close

    NEW LENOX, Ill. –- This school year will be the last for a high school in the south suburbs. School board members for Lincoln-Way District 210 voted to close Lincoln-Way North next fall. Nearly 2,000 students in Manhattan and Mokena will go to Lincoln-Way West in Frankfort. The district has financial problems, so it had to decide whether to close a school, raise taxes, or cut extracurricular activities. Their parents say the board should have left north open because it’s […]

  • Suburb sees increase in scams targeting elderly

    PALOS PARK, Ill. — One small south suburb averages five email or telephone scams a week, and those are the ones they know about. Most, if not all of them, target the elderly. Officer Debbie Legatzke says the elderly population in south suburban Palos Park is ripe for scams, as they are all over America. By phone and by mail predators, largely from out of the country, are creative and relentless. The most recent scam in this village of 5,000 […]

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