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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
  • Say yes to the prom dress, no to the scam: Experts warn of online cons

    CHICAGO — It’s that time of year: High school kids already thinking about prom season. It is also the season ripe for internet scams. The scams that are targeting teens right now translate in many industries. In this case, high school girls are shopping online for their prom dress. When they find it on websites for a fraction of the cost, they often leap and click too soon. They think they’re saving money, but in the end, they are the […]

  • Obamacare challenged in US Supreme Court — again

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is standing firm, saying there is “no plausible legal basis” to strike down the Affordable Care Act. But Wednesday one case before the U.S. Supreme Court, King vs. Burwell, forced the court for the third time to examine the politically controversial law. Bloomberg News suggests if the law collapses and is deemed unconstitutional, Illinois ranks 7th in the country with the most to lose — meaning roughly 300,000 residents who signed up for Obamacare could be […]

  • Drew Peterson asks for immediate trial on murder-for-hire charges

    CHESTER, Ill. — Drew Peterson made it clear today that he wants a speedy trial on charges involving an alleged murder for hire plot. During an appearance in the Randolph County courthouse in downstate Chester, Peterson waived a preliminary hearing and instead entered a plea of not guilty. A trial was tentatively set for late July. Peterson, 61, was accused last month of soliciting a hit man to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted him for the […]

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    Drew Peterson back in court today

    CHESTER, Ill — Convicted killer 61-year-old Drew Peterson will appear before a judge in Randolph County Tuesday morning to face new charges. Prosecutors say he was involved in a murder for hire plot. The Illinois Attorney General’s office plans to lay out their case against the former Bolingbrook officer who allegedly ordered a hit on Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow who sent him to prison in 2012. It all started when Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007. […]

  • Race for Chicago Mayor: Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia says he’s Chicago through and through

    In the days leading up to Chicago’s mayoral election on February 24th, WGN News is profiling the candidates as an opportunity to get to know them a little better. WGN’s Julie Unruh has a look at Jesus “Chuy” Garcia—a Mexican immigrant who, since the age of 10, claims he is Chicago through and through. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has made politics a full-time job for himself for most of his adult life working for the state, the county, and the city […]

  • Bolingbrook teen collapses and dies during basketball game

    A devastated community in the far southwest suburbs is grieving 24 hours after suddenly losing a tee. His dream was to play basketball for the NBA and he spent his life on the court. Ironically, that is also where he died. The 8th grader’s heart failed him-without warning. The coroner says Dramon Ratcliff of Bolingbrook had a previously undiagnosed heart condition He was just 14-years-old when he died during basketball practice Wednesday night. Dray was a student at John F […]

  • Chicago mayor candidates talk taxes, pensions in debate

    CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Chicago mayor are going head to head over how to fix the city’s finances and address the underfunded pension systems. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and three of his challengers debated Wednesday during a WTTW event. They disagreed over ways to bring in more revenue. Emanuel hasn’t ruled out a property tax, stressing he hasn’t raised them yet in his first term. Three other candidates say they don’t like the idea of a property tax. […]

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    2 men who killed Chicago cop sentenced to life in prison without parole

    CHICAGO — The two men convicted in a 2010 murder of a Chicago police officer were sentenced to natural life in prison without parole. Judge Timothy Joyce delivered the sentencing around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Toyious Taylor and Paris McGee faced mandatory life sentences in the 2010 murder of Officer Thomas Wortham IV. Officer Wortham was leaving his parents home when he spotted the men trying to steal his motorcycle. Taylor and McGee hit Wortham with a car and dragged his […]

  • Bond set for suspects in U of I student’s murder

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. –Two men are in custody tonight and held on $2 million dollars bond each for the death of a University of Illinois student. Police in Champaign say the men were out to rob the student but the calculated act ended with murder. Daniel Gonzalez and Reginald James Scott, both 21, are charged with first degree murder and faced a judge earlier this afternoon. A drug deal involving three bags of cannibas took plac in a parking garage on […]

  • Body of missing U of I student found; Authorities rule homicide

    The body of a missing U of I student has been found and authorities say his death is being treated as a homicide. The Champaign County Sheriff said the body of 20-year-old Vicente Mundo was found on Saturday by a woman walking her dog. Vicente has been missing over a week. He was last seen leaving an apartment on the University of Illinois campus and went to his car. Police say it was not a random killing and y they […]


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