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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
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. spending first day in halfway house following prison release

    BALTIMORE — Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is spending his first full day in a halfway house in Baltimore. Jackson arrived at the facility Thursday night following his prison release . He was released from a prison in Alabama around 5 a.m. before making the trip to the Washington, D.C. area. Jackson spent a year and a half in Alabama, and he has another year to serve his sentence. He was convicted for illegally spending hundreds of thousands of dollars […]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves prison, expected soon in D.C. area

    CHICAGO — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being transferred Thursday afternoon to a “halfway” house in Washington, DC. He was released from a prison in Alabama around 5 a.m., and the drive to D.C. is about 12 hours. He’s expected to make a stop in South Carolina along the way to see his grandmother. Jackson spent a year and a half in Alabama, and he has another year to serve his sentence. He was convicted for illegally spending hundreds […]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. hours away from expected release

    WASHINGTON — Disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is likely hours away from leaving a federal prison and taking his first steps toward freedom. Jackson has been in custody behind prison walls for about a year and a half. The 50-year-old former politician and son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to be released from prison Thursday. His sentence was 30 months. He’s served closer to 17 of them. Reverend Jackson says he and his wife will […]

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    Jesse Jackson Jr. prison release set for Thursday, former House colleague says

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A friend and former House colleague of Jesse Jackson Jr. says Jackson is being released from a federal prison Thursday and into a halfway house. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press he recently spoke with Jackson at the minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama. The son of the civil rights leader has been serving a 2 ½-year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Kennedy says […]

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    Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed

    Actress and director Angelina Jolie-Pitt is sharing more about her life than what you see on the big screen.Jolie-Pitt announced Tuesday in an op-ed in The New York Times that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer.She says a blood test showed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She had a double mastectomy in 2013.Jolie-Pitt says she […]

  • Rep. Aaron Schock announces resignation amid questionable spending

    WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois says he’s resigning his House seat amid questions about his spending. In a statement on Tuesday, Schock said he would step down effective March 31. Schock, a four-term lawmaker, said he was taking the step with a “heavy heart.” He said that questions about irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts over the past six weeks have proven to be a “great distraction” and have made it too difficult for […]

  • Budget cuts threaten court procedures in Lake County

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill –A right to a speedy trial could be slowing down in Lake County starting next week. The Illinois budget crisis is squeezing the courts this time with court reporters facing furloughs and courtrooms could come to a screeching halt. Lake County Circuit Court Chief Judge John Philips tells WGN News the furloughs will impact 22 court reporters working the three courthouses in Lake County. “As of Monday, we are going on 50% furlough. They are going on […]

  • County commissioner has more questions than answers after Homan Square tour

    CHICAGO — Amid the allegations of detainee abuse, and protests surrounding the Chicago facility, a Cook County commissioner spoke out Thursday about the Homan Square Station. Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin toured the Chicago Police Department facility after allegations that the rights of people detained for questioning are being abused there. Boykin said he went away with more questions than answers. The commissioner shared more about what he didn’t find inside. Some of the claims, like detainees being held for […]

  • Waukegan man wrongfully convicted of rape to walk out of prison Tuesday

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Monday, after being wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years, a Waukegan man learned the rape conviction against him had been thrown out. But there was a much lesser charge still hanging over his head — the only thing keeping him from his freedom. But  Tuesday evening 41-year-old Angel Gonzalez tasted freedom for the first time in decades. In court yesterday, Angel Gonzalez, the wrongfully convicted man, told his lawyer, “I feel alive again.” That was after a judge […]

  • Elderly man killed, 2 children wounded in shooting on South Side

    CHICAGO — An elderly man was shot and killed and two children were wounded in a shooting Monday on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago police say a total of four people were wounded in the shooting in the 200 block of W. 105th St. A 34-year-old woman was placing a 2-year-old boy into a vehicle. They were both struck. The woman was hit in the chest and hand, the boy was struck in the shoulder. They were taken to the hospital […]


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