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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
  • Dante Servin (left) and Rekia Boyd

    Judge throws out charges against Chicago cop in fatal off-duty shooting

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has found a Chicago police detective not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed woman. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter, in a directed verdict Monday, ruled the state had failed to prove recklessness on the part of 46-year-old Officer Dante Servin in the March 2012 shooting death of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd. Porter also cleared Servin, who was off-duty, of reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. Boyd died after one […]

  • Week after tornadoes, community remembers and rebuilds

    FAIRDALE, Ill — One week ago today, the people of Ogle and DeKalb counties were bracing for a tornado that would affect their lives forever. Two women died and hundreds of people lost their homes or were displaced. Now these small farming towns are trying to clean up with plans to rebuild. 911 calls were also released today. They convey the fear in residents as the tornado touched down. Meanwhile, the town has worked tirelessly for seven straight days. All […]

  • Nashville trying to shut out Chicago fans for Blackhawks series

    CHICAGO — Is Nashville a little nervous about tonight’s NHL playoffs? The Predators take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 at Bridgestone Arena, and the Predators are already trying to shake things up. Chicago fans suspect questionable ticket sales are meant to keep Hawks fans out of the stadium. The controversy suggests out-of-towners  will have trouble getting in the stadium. To that Kevin Wilson, a spokesman for the team, said: “Our first obligation to our team, our incredible fans and […]

  • Controlled burn ends up damaging homes; No one injured

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A controlled burn in Crystal Lake burned out of control this afternoon and damaged several nearby houses. The fire was so hot it melted the siding on the homes. The fire department was called at 1 p.m.to the subdivision. The controlled burn, also called a “prescribed burn,” was heating up and residents needed help. the good news–the damage was only on the surface of the homes it hit, no one was hurt– but the light show […]

  • Authorities investigate domestic abuse claims, death in Streamwood

    STREAMWOOD, Ill. — Law enforcement surrounded a suburban Streamwood home Tuesday morning after they learned a woman who lived there disposed of her miscarried baby on the property. The incident happened about a year ago after the 21-year-old was the victim of domestic violence. She and her reported abuser both live under that roof along with many extended family members. Police say they know who they are looking for when it comes to the person allegedly responsible for the abuse. Four […]

  • Signs of devastation and progress in storm ravaged Rochelle

    ROCHELLE, Ill – The devastation of last week’s is still visible but signs of recovery are everywhere. Closed roads are opening, trucks are buzzing and hauling away debris and roofs are covered in tarps with repairs eminent. There are signs of progress four days after an EF-4 tornado tore through Rochelle. The Red Cross remains in the area with food and clean up items  ready for anyone that needs them. Donations are no longer needed because they are at capacity […]

  • Police seek suspect in fires on Chicago college campuses

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are seeking a man suspected of setting  two fires in two days in men’s bathrooms on college campuses. The first fire was reported Wednesday on the Roosevelt University Loop campus around 5 p.m.  The second was at DePaul today around noon. No real damage was done and no one was injured. Anyone with any information is asked to call (312) 746-7618

  • Robert Blagojevich tells his side in new book: ‘If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody’

    CHICAGO — Only  4 percent of defendants prosecuted in the Northern District of Illinois actually don’t get convicted of the crimes they are accused. If the process doesn’t break them down physically or emotionally, there is the financial toll to consider. Robert Blagojevich is a man that took on the system and won- a rare thing. And now he’s talking about it in a new book. He calls the system corrupt and the government the enemy. He also says the […]

  • 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 […]


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