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
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    Man found guilty in murder of Kelli O’Laughlin, 14, in Indian Head Park home

    On Monday, a jury found a Chicago man guilty of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old girl nearly three years ago after she walked in on him as he was burglarizing her family’s west suburban home. John Wilson Jr., 41, was found guilty on all counts including murder, armed robbery and home invasion in the death of Kelli O’Laughlin. Prosecutors say Wilson stabbed O’Laughlin with a kitchen knife when she walked in on him while he was robbing her family’s home in Indian Head Park […]

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    Jury deliberations underway in Kelli O’Laughlin murder trial

    The jury has the case in the high-profile murder 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin, killed nearly three years ago in her family’s Indian Head Park home. Earlier Monday, closing arguments were underway. Prosecutors said John Wilson, Jr. stabbed O’Laughlin with a kitchen knife when she walked in on him while he was robbing her family’s home in 2011. Police say he then stole the girl’s cell phone and taunted her mother with text messages. DNA evidence from a knit cap found in the […]

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    Power plant proposal tensions continue in Oakwood Hills, 3 resign from board

    A suburban town is divided and its residents in an uproar over a power plant that is set to be built near their homes and schools. Three members of the Oakwood Hills village board resigned late Wednesday night. Among them was Melanie Funk, who has board president for just over a year. She says plans to move out of town after local bullies and threatened her over a $450 million natural gas power plant she and the board were entertaining […]

  • Residents in suburb want proposed power plant stopped

    Hundreds filled an Oakwood Hills gymnasium in the far northwestern suburb in a show of force against a natural gas power plant planned for the area. Villagers say it’s going to their voices and some funds to battle the village board to stop the plant from being built in their backyard. The project is said to cost $450 million dollars and could get underway as soon as January if the board green lights it at a zoning meeting next month. […]

  • 7 charged in gruesome machete attack on CTA Brown Line

    Seven people have been charged in brutal attack on the city’s Brown Line platform where one person was cut in the head with a machete. Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were waiting for the Brown Line train at the Kedzie stop. A group of seven, 6 males and one female, surrounded them on the platform and someone in the group told them to flash their gang signs and they refused, telling the group they […]

  • Ray Rice controversy bring domestic violence into spotlight once again

    1 in 4 women will be abused by a domestic partner. It happens every 9 seconds. These statistics were brought to light as the controversy surrounding former NFL running back Ray Rice continues to swell. Today, his wife, the woman punched unconscious in the infamous elevator video, addressed the public via social media. Janay Palmer says the video is destroying their lives and has left them feeling alone and embarrassed. She is largely blaming the public and the media for […]

  • Woman killed when part of church falls in South Loop

    A Chicago woman walking to lunch with her fiance was killed suddenly Thursday when the facade from a nearby church fell on top of her. 34-year-old Sara Bean was walking near 1900 S. Michigan Avenue around noon today She was killed almost instantly when, witnesses say metal affixed to the facade of Second Presbyterian Church fell off, severing a decorative piece of concrete on the side of the building. The church has had its fair share of maintenance issues over […]

  • Unsettling cell phone video captures argument, child run over

    Frightening video captured a heated argument between a couple and ends with a toddler – caught in the middle – getting run over by a car. According to Chicago police, a 7-year-old boy was defending his mother around 2:30 a.m. Monday near 75th and Cottage Grove after punches were thrown by the driver on an SUV. The argument, which witnesses say was over a cell phone, continued outside of the car as onlookers watch and some videotape the scene. The […]

  • Police seek suspect after teen sexually assault in South Side alley

    Chicago police are investigating the sexual assault of a teen on the South Side. Police say the 14-year-old girl was walking in an alley of the 400 block of East 71st St around noon today in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. A man, age 20-30, riding a bike grabbed the teen and forced her down an alley. Police say the man removed her pants against her will and sexually assaulted her, before taking off. The girl ran into a nearby restaurant for […]

  • CPD commander charged with battery released on bond

    28 years veteran of the Chicago police department appeared in bond court Thursday on charges of sticking a gun into a suspect’s mouth. 52-year-old Commander Glenn Evans was released him on his own recognizance and allowed to keep his firearm. He is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from an incident on January 30th of 2013. He allegedly chased a suspect with a gun into an abandoned building. On January 31st, that suspect told the independent Police Review […]


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