Julie Unruh is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten. 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 has covered 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. Since its launch in October 2015, Julie has been featured on the WGN News at Ten bringing viewers unique and timely stories outside of the usual news of the day.

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

Prior to her pursuits as a reporter and anchor, 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.

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    Indianapolis leading the way in high-tech recycling

    Has the process of recycling left you scratching your head? What goes where and where does it end up? One company in Indianapolis is making it easier by mixing the very things people are painstakingly separating in their kitchens every day: foam and plastic. Plastic Recycling Inc or PRI is revolutionizing the way we trash our trash. PRI wants you to think of foam and plastic as the same thing.  They say they are the same thing but with one […]

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    The Kohl’s Cash Caper: Woman’s rewards stolen – and she’s not alone

    A  suburban mother of  four says she was scammed out of her reward program at Kohl’s department store.  While it wasn’t a lot of money and the case is not likely to get prosecuted or resolved, she is concerned about what other information the thieves stole.  And she says the store itself isn’t helping her solve the Kohl’s Cash Caper. The Lake County woman is so scared her cyber world has been penetrated, she only wants to be known to […]

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    These Cubs fans have lived to see it all – except a World Series win

    Are you one of those Cubs fans who thinks you’ve been waiting too long time for a World Series win? There’s some fans that probably have you beat. It’s been 108 years since the team held  the title and these committed Cubs fans have been waiting almost as long. WGN’s Julie Unruh spoke with a handful of elderly fans who know part of being a true Cubs fan is being patient and being positive. 91-year-old Louise Leahy and her sister […]

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    Kratom, natural supplement helping many with opioid addiction, could become illegal

    With prescription drugs now the leading cause of death by overdose, some users are escaping the potentially deadly cycle by turning to a natural plant for relief. And they say it’s working. But tomorrow, the DEA could pull that plant from store shelves. Kratom is a widely used medicinal plant, that if it were up to the government, would be banned for sale in the U.S. It would also be labeled a Schedule I drug, right next to heroine and […]

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    New app helps you find your favorites while traveling

    Traveling for business or pleasure can be fun, but it can also be hard to find favorite restaurants and things to do that you are sure you are going to like. One Midwesterner, who used to travel for her work, is trying to make travel even better by tailor making it for you. Ellen Prinzi, from St. Louis, is a former executive major league baseball who found herself on the road a lot over the past 10 years. Finding restaurants […]

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    Saving Mother Nature one Styrofoam cup at a time

    One Elgin businessman trying to save Mother Nature one trash can at a time. The problem, he says is that America is not recycling foam products the way it should. So he’s taken matters into his own hands – and he’s getting a little help. Kenneth Santowski feels some urgency to get the foam ball rolling because he believes it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade foam cups and containers in your average landfill. While container companies may take issue […]

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    Civilian shot during Charlotte protests on life support; Gov. declares state of emergency

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — One person was shot Wednesday during a second night of protests over a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, city officials said. The person, who was not identified, is in critical condition and on life support, the city tweeted. Earlier, the city had tweeted that the person had died. One police officer was injured, according to a city tweet. The officer was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. The riot and protests came on a day in […]

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    Identity for transgender community a physical, emotional and legal process

    For people going through transgender transition, it’s more than physical and emotional.  There’s also the legal transition. It usually includes cutting through red tape so  IDs and other  common, but critical documents match the person inside and out. The process just got a little easier with the help of some students in the Loop. Fernando Guerrero, 28, has always felt like a woman. And this week, Fernando  Guerrero – soon to be Gia Guerrero – is making one significant change […]

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    Swept off your feet, then scammed out of cash? Website can help

    In this day and age of online dating, success stories can be commonplace, but where do you turn when that online connection leaves you scammed? A new website wants to help. RomanceScams.org is a free site and for 11 years now has over 20,000 active members.   The founders know falling in love online can come at a price if you aren’t careful. They say predators know what to do and what to say to get you to open your wallet.  […]

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    What it means for independent bookstores when Amazon moves into town

    CHICAGO — Amazon is no stranger to online shoppers.  Their book business, one survey says, represents 41% of all book sales leaving independent brick and mortars scrambling for what’s left. The news of a new Amazon bookstore coming to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is creating some waves. Independent bookstores are worried Amazon is now trying to beat them at their own game by putting up a store, not on Michigan Ave, but in a Chicago neighborhood. Something an independent store might do. […]