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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
  • Arlington Heights woman struck, killed with hatchet in Wisconsin; Husband charged with murder

    A suburban woman on the run from her estranged husband was attacked and murdered by him last night in Wisconsin, according to police. 38-year-old Christian Loga-Negru has been charged with murder and kidnapping and remains in jail on  $1 million bond. Arlington Heights police were aware of trouble at the home he shared with his estranged wife. They’ve been married for less than a year. Earlier this month his wife got a restraining order. Recently she’s been living in Mount […]

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    Two teens in custody after robbery, car crash

    A police chase in the South Suburbs that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a house, started in Chicago. Police in Alsip say the SUV was reported stolen in Chicago and was used during a robbery at a gas station early this morning in Alsip. Police say the SUV was trying to get away from officers. The driver was speeding while trying to take a turn near 121st and Lockwood and lost control. The vehicle crashed into the home, […]

  • 4 found unconscious in South Side home, taken to hospital in critical condition

    Four people are hospitalized in critical condition because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Chicago Fire Department found the four adults on the living room floor of a home in the 300 block of W 107th in the Roseland neighborhood. Officials found all of the stove burners on high, indicating they were heating their home with the stove. Crews found carbon monoxide levels of 1000 parts per million – a lethal level. No names, ages or genders were released at this […]

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    Blase Cupich officially installed as archbishop of Chicago

    Chicago officially has its new archbishop. During a grand, and sometimes emotional, ceremony Blase Cupich took the reins of the nation’s third largest archdiocese Tuesday. During the installation service, he ceremoniously in the bishop’s chair and even delivered the homily in a Mass that lasted more than two hours. A parade of priests followed by a frail Cardinal Francis George and the guest of honor started the installation service. Holy Name Cathedral was packed pew to pew. Political leaders including […]

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    Suspects found guilty in connection with off-duty officer’s death

    Two suspects were found guilty Thursday in connection connection with the killing of an off-duty Chicago police officer four years ago. Two different juries decided 34-year-old Toyious Taylor and 24-year-old Paris McGee should be held accountable for the deaths of off duty officer Thomas Wortham IV and one of the gunman who was killed during the 2010 robbery. The victim’s father, a retired Chicago officer himself, in court today was pleased justice was served. He wishes more young people would […]

  • Metra announce improvements to help with winter, cold weather troubles

    Metra announced Thursday some improvements to its system just in time for winter. It is a system that was plagued with problems last year. Metra is hoping new equipment will help passengers get where they are going on time – or close to it. Last winter, when trains were delayed, tens of thousands of passengers were left on the sideline. The train company knows it needed to spend some money to stay on track. 367 new rail cars are in […]

  • Lawsuit filed against Lucas Museum

    The debate rages on about the cost, the design and the location of the Lucas Museum. Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit designed to protect and preserve parks, filed a suit Thursday morning in federal court. Those behind the suit argue the seven story, $400-million project doesn’t belong on two existing parking lots. Once you lose the open space, they say there is no turning back. The group discussed the issues at a meeting with the Union League Club in the […]

  • Temps go down, Chicagoans bundle up

    On paper the high temperature on Tuesday was  balmy,  61 degrees at Midway and 58 at O’Hare. But that was at midnight before temps went into free-fall. Cold air accompanied by a chilly rain and gusty northwest winds poured into the Chicago. By evening the mercury had tumbled into the lower 30s headed for the middle 20s by Wednesday morning. The early-season cold snap is expected to stick around for more than a week as the city prepares to shiver […]

  • Victims lawyers say Chicago Archdiocese needs to be more transparent with abuse scandal

    Last week, the Chicago Archdiocese released 36 more names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. Today, lawyers representing victims in some cases say they’re disturbed and alarmed about what has not been released. Two lawyers who say they have been challenging the church on this issue for decades say it’s happening in other cities, but not in Chicago. They want the Chicago Archdiocese to unseal all the files and allow for a more thorough review of cases that have […]

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    Skilling: Temps to take major plunge Tuesday

    Get ready to bundle up Chicago, Tom Skilling says the coldest weather we’ve seen in 8 months is headed out way. We’re headed into a run of significantly below-normal temps starting with falling temps Tuesday. Skilling says “winter-level temps” could provoke a significant snow across areas of the region to Chicago’s north. He also says the chill will be reminiscent of the “take-hold and almost never let go” of last winter’s chilly weather. “It’s a bit early to read too […]


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