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
  • Man allegedly has a gun, arrested at Elgin Water Reclamation Plant

    The man is in his late 40s or early 50’s and has been an employee with the Fox River Water Reclamation District for 25 years. He was an exemplary employee, we’re told–until today. When he came to work an hour late, he complained to co-workers for hours and brought a gun with him. Tonight detectives are preparing to file charges as he sits inside the Elgin police station. “This was a good employee with a bad day.” Bob Trueblood says […]

  • Elgin waste water plant employee accused of bringing gun to work

    An exemplary employee at a waste water plant in Elgin is accused of bringing a gun to work and having a confrontation with police. Officials say the suspect is a longtime Fox River Water Reclamation District employee. The man’s colleagues claim he showed up late to work, and complained about work and personal issues. A fellow worker apparently spotted the gun in his locker, and called 911. Officers confronted the man, and had to use hard rubber pellets to end the confrontation. No […]

  • Suburban police warn residents of burglaries

    Police in southwest suburban Plainfield are issuing a warning to residents after a string of recent burglaries. A half dozen residents in three different subdivisions were robbed of computers, purses and even a case of beer in one case. Police are seeking a suspect or a group of suspects who targeted homes, cars and garages in Eagle Chase, Spring Bank and Pheasant Chase subdivisions. Police say the six burglaries all took place overnight and in each case there was no […]

  • Bond denied for FAA facility fire suspect

    Bond was denied for the man accused of single handedly bringing the world’s busiest airport to a complete halt. 36-year-old Brian Howard of Naperville was in federal court Monday afternoon. He is charged with felony destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities in connection with a fire set at a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Aurora. With bandages around his neck, Howard told his family in court he was sorry. They replied saying, “Don’t apologize. We love you.” […]

  • No injuries reported in massive warehouse blaze on West Side

    Firefighters battled a massive warehouse blaze on Chicago’s West Side this afternoon near the Eisenhower Expressway. The fire broke out in the 3900 block of W Harrison in the Lawndale neighborhood.  Chicago Fire Dept says  propane tanks exploded in the building and  caused of the fire. The fire was struck out around 4:30 p.m.  Smoke from the fire billowed on to the Eisenhower Expressway causing traffic to slow in both directions. Police say it was also a hazmat situation due […]

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    Cardinal George, Archbishop Cupich meet as Cardinal battles infection

    Frances Cardinal George’s health is a growing consideration for the public engagements he keeps in Lincolnshire this week. He has canceled three appearances since Sunday due. An infection following cancer treatments has been keeping him down. The Cardinal did not share any information publicly about his health or how he’s feeling during a conference in Lincolnshire. He attended a dinner Wednesday night with 80 other bishops from around the country. Cardinal George has been too ill to make it for […]

  • Can you believe this? Church cuts sizable check to each parishioner – no strings attached

    A Chicago church came into some money following a decades old real estate deal. What to do with the extra dough weighed heavily on the pastor’s mind. Then she decided to do something crazy. She wanted the church to tithe and give 10% of the money away. That may not sound so crazy, but here’s the hitch, she gave it back — all $160,000 of it–to the congregation. Anyone who is “actively engaged in LaSalle Street Church” got a sizable […]

  • DePaul students on alert after bizarre incidents involving phone numbers

    DePaul University has issued a safety alert to students at their Lincoln Park campus. Around 1 a.m. on September 8, a female student was approached by a man who talked her into giving up her phone number.  Campus police say he then forced a hug from the girl and left. Last weekend, several more similar reports, but this time, the university claims several men were involved. Once the phone numbers were obtained did, DePaul claims the men posted them on […]

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    Police investigate another high-end store smash-and-grab robbery

    Chicago police are investigating a robbery at a high-end store in the Old Town neighborhood. The security alarm went off at Luxury Garage Sale just after 5 a.m. Monday, in 1600 block of North Wells Street. Police arrived to find a front window knocked out, glass on the ground and a purse from the store on the sidewalk.  Owners are still trying to figure out all that was taken. A boutique on Oak Street was robbed last week, and a […]

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    Local firefighters stranded in Mexico following hurricane back on U.S. soil

    Stranded for days in Cabo San Lucas, with little food or water, firefighters from Hoffman Estates and some of their friends are finally back on American soil. The nearly 50 Americans had traveled to Cabo San Lucas for a wedding but the dream trip quickly turned into a nightmare when Hurricane Odile struck. After five days, help finally arrived. The group paid hotel workers in Mexico to get six vans off-site and give them a safe ride to the airport at 5:30 a.m. Mexico time. […]


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