Julie Unruh

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.

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    Are ride sharing companies the death of the Chicago Taxi Cab?

    CHICAGO — Antiquated and out of gas. That is how many describe the taxi cab industry that has been thriving in Chicago’s for over a hundred years. When the likes of Uber moved in, licensed cabbies say they feel they are being driven out of town. And lawmakers find themselves at a real fork in the road. WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.

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    Teachers strike continues in Prospect Heights

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — The strike continues for Prospect Heights District 23 classes were canceled again Thursday. The Board of Education says it offered teachers its best and final offer but striking teachers did not vote on it yesterday because of the Jewish holiday. The proposal includes an extended 4-year contract with a pay hike. The teachers union is scheduled to meet tonight to vote. Updates and more information at: d23.org 23PHEA.weebly.com

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    3 suburban schools to remain closed today after Legionella bacteria found

    ELGIN, Ill. — Three schools will remained closed Thursday in School District U-46 after legionella bacteria was detected Wednesday morning. During an annual air quality testing of school cooling towers in Elgin, higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria was found at Eastview Middle, Larkin High, and at the Central Office/Gifford Street High. The CEO Tony Sanders made the decision to close those buildings immediately. In a statement released Wednesday evening,  Sanders said,  “We are keeping these three buildings closed in an abundance […]

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    Settlement reached in Crestwood contaminated water case

    CRESTWOOD, Ill. – A settlement has been reached in the lawsuits involving the village of Crestwood and its decades-long use of contaminated well water in its drinking supply. Crestwood agreed to pay $15 million to those affected by contaminated water. For years, residents didn’t know why so many residents were becoming sick. At least 60 people died. It wasn’t until years later that it became known Crestwood’s drinking water contained vinyl chloride- a cancer causing chemical. Some city officials knew […]

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    Police continue to search for suspects posing as Uber drivers

    CHICAGO – Police continue to search for two men suspected of posing as Uber drivers then robbing customers. Police say it has happened twice in the last week. On Sept 13th a man came out of a bar in the 1500 block of North Wells in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Police say he had consumed a few drinks that night. A black, four door Chevy Impala or Malibu arrived and the man got in. The men inside intimidate their passenger, […]

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    Chicago police warn of robbers posing as Uber drivers

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have issued a warning to Uber users after a series of crimes in which the suspects pose as drivers then rob the victims. Police say two African-American men have been targeting Uber passengers in these crimes. On September 13th near the 1500 block of North Wells in Old Town, a person who had ordered a ride through their Uber app was approached. Chicago police say the men were posing as Uber drivers. When their victim got […]

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    Chicago Teachers Union: potential layoffs, strike looming

    CHICAGO — So what if 5,000 CPS teachers are laid off this Thanksgiving? The union who represents them says the picture is not a pretty one: 140-150,000 students will lose their teacher. Three million instruction hours will be lost in this school year alone. Some teachers will be forced to reach more than one grade at a time.  And it all could end in a strike that takes over Chicago streets during the coldest time of the year: late January or […]

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    Driver killed, at least 3 others injured in South Side crash

    CHICAGO – One person was killed and three were injured Thursday in a car crash in the city’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood. Police say the driver was traveling at high speeds and ran a red light before plowing into several cars near Austin and Archer around 4:15 p.m. 29-year-old Brandon Wolf was killed. At least three other people were hurt but the injuries were not serious. It took more than five hours to clear the deadly scene with debris strewn for […]

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    American Airlines ground stop lifted at O’Hare, other airports; delays expected

    CHICAGO — The ground stop issued for American Airlines flights in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami has been lifted. WGN received the following statement from American Airlines: “We have resolved connectivity issues that led to a ground stop today at our Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami hubs. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get our customers on their way as soon as possible.” An AA spokesperson told WGN the technical issues started at 11 a.m., and the ground […]

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    Republicans jockey for position in 2nd GOP debate

    CHICAGO – Thirteen men and one woman were on the main stage, a crowded field where each person tried to stand out and survive in the polls to make it to the next round. Was it substance or smoke and mirrors for the crowd? The second GOP debate wrapped up Wednesday night. It was a crowded field and indeed a crowded stage. They covered experience, the Middle East and launched a few personal attacks. This debate was less fiery than the first […]


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