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
  • CPS to make full $634M pension payment; 1,400 jobs ‘impacted’

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools says approximately 1,400 jobs will be “impacted” after the district had to borrow money to make a $634 million pension payment.Jesse Ruiz said Tuesday in a statement that the district must make $200 million in cuts. He blamed Illinois lawmakers he said failed to address CPS’ financial crisis. Ruiz didn’t elaborate on how the jobs would be affected, and a spokeswoman didn’t respond to questions. A city official says […]

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    3 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Ravenswood

    CHICAGO — At least one person was killed in a stabbing incident at Sunnyside and Leavitt. Three people were stabbed at around 4 p.m. in the afternoon. One woman, 20, was taken to Advocate Masonic Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officials said the incident was targeted, and not random. Police said they have one man in custody. No charges have been filed. Two other men were taken to other hospitals and are being treated.

  • Police investigate string of robberies, pepper spray attacks on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Three unusual robberies in less than six hours took place in the Wicker Park -Ukranian Village area. Pepper spray, designed to fight off attackers, was used by the attackers to take down their victims. They got away with it three times Friday night. Police are still looking for the bad guys, who in this case are women. One is African-American, about  5 feet 7 inches and 150-190 pounds with black hair and a medium complexion.  The other is caucasian, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 […]

  • Police seek suspect in fatal shooting at Edgewater car wash

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for the suspect in a fatal shooting at a car wash on the city’s North Side. Police say around 4:45 p.m. the suspect jumped the fence that surrounds the $3 Car Wash at the intersection of Ridge and Clark in the Edgewater neighborhood and fired several shots. A nearby surveillance caught him on tape. 21-year-old Devone Matthews, who was working at the car wash, was shot in the back and killed. The shooter  never said […]

  • Suspect sought in Red Line assault

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on a CTA Red Line train while threatening her with a knife. The assault occurred nine days ago late at night near the Wilson Red Line station. The woman is 55-years-old and her attacker is in his mid-30’s. Police say after the attack, the victim took herself to the hospital.

  • Flooding concerns rises with water in Kankakee

    KANKAKEE, Ill. – As cleanup continues from Monday’s tornadoes and severe weather, concerns are turning to flooding. Rains Monday and the potential for more the next few days are leading to problems in many usual spots in Kankakee. WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.

  • Glenview house trashed, $17K missing after party

    GLENVIEW, Ill. — Home, not-so-sweet home. A Glenview man out of town returned home to find his house was being used as party central for a bunch of underage teens. The damage caused was so bad, the owner told WGN his house was destroyed inside. One neighbor told WGN over a couple of days she saw a lot of kids in and out of the Glenview house. They were on bicycles, coming and going, and playing basketball in the driveway. She […]

  • Heavy damage reported in Coal City south of Chicago

    COAL CITY (AP) — Authorities say high winds have caused heavy damage in Coal City, a city of about 5,000 residents south of Chicago. Lt. David Doerfler of the Coal City Fire Protection District said late Monday that in addition to structure damage, roads in the city have been blocked by fallen trees and power lines. He says there have been no confirmed reports of injuries. The National Weather Service is reporting high winds have caused damage near the Lee […]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. released from halfway house after stint in prison

    BALTIMORE — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been released from a halfway house in Baltimore, where he’d been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March. Jackson was released from the Volunteers of America halfway house shortly before 9 a.m. EDT Monday and left in one of two black SUVs that were there for him. Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, moved into the halfway house from prison, where he was serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for spending […]

  • Chicago Blackhawks rally tickets now available

    CHICAGO — Save the date, Blackhawks fans. The 2015 Stanley Cup champions’ parade has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18. Mayor Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team’s third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. This year, the championship win will be celebrated at a rally inside Soldier Field. While the city will not confirm the reason, soggy grass at Grant Park could damage the city’s outdoor green spaces and […]


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