Julie Unruh, WGN TV News

Julie Unruh


Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Past articles by Julie:

Momentum behind women’s pro sports has fans — and investors — cheering

So what’s behind the momentum from these A-list investors? And why now? → Read More

Downtown office vacancies remain at record high

Back in March, the Chicago Tribune noted 21.4 million square feet of vacant office space existed in Chicago, coming to 18.6 percent, or the equivalent of five empty Willis Towers. → Read More

1,700 miles and 75 towns in 120 days: Chicago’s walking man’s journey comes to an end

Through 1,700 miles, six states, 75 towns and 120 days, Chicago’s walking man was on a mission to meet his fellow man in the middle, a mission that recently came to an end in Hope, Texas. John Inserra started his walk from north to south across the United States because of his concern over a […] → Read More

Englewood residents turn to farming produce to fight food insecurity

CHICAGO — In a neighborhood typically tied to troubled streets and high crime, a group of residents is working to fight that reputation and food insecurity by returning to Illinois’ roots of farming. Englewood residents are producing up to 40,000 lbs. of produce a season in an effort of ending food insecurity. On Wednesday mornings, […] → Read More

Modern food pantries keep up with challenges of today’s food insecurity

The reality of a world during the COVID-19 pandemic is that jobs are not safe, and for the unemployed, food can be scarce. Since the pandemic began, one in six families are now considered food insecure. In 2019, the President and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Julie Yurko, refused to sit back as […] → Read More

6 states, 75 towns: Suburban man walking 1,700 miles to showcase unity

With each and every encounter there is a new bond. → Read More

Year after Columbus statues removed from Chicago, groups on both sides of issue say there’s been no progress

CHICAGO — One year ago this week, a clash over a monument in Grant Park prompted Chicago’s mayor to remove three Christopher Columbus statues that had been on display for decades. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she did it the name of safety after a rally turned into something more like a riot and made national […] → Read More

Chicago attorney explains Britney Spears’ conservatorship

Her music, her moves, her fame make Britney Spears one of the biggest stars of her time. But her personal life — ending in public meltdowns, broken marriages and mental health debates has taken Spears from the big stage to state court. The $60 million star entered into a conservatorship in 2008, giving up so […] → Read More

App rewards children for chores, aims to teach financial lesson along way

Managing money can be hard enough as an adult. Experts have said there is no time like the present when it comes to teaching your kids those skills. One app is trying to make it easy for parents when it comes to paying your kids for chores, while teaching them a thing or two about […] → Read More

4 years and 1,000 City College students later, Chicago Apprentice Program shines for both businesses, participants

CHICAGO — The Chicago Apprentice Network started four years ago with a challenge from Chicago’s mayor at the time; would you hire some kids from City Colleges of Chicago to work at your blue chip company? The program started with five college students and one company now has nearly 50 businesses and has hired 1,000 […] → Read More

Skilling, Illinois farmers wary of growing drought problem in Chicago area

CHICAGO — It’s been more than 30 years since the Chicago area has seen this much heat without much rain at all. As of Tuesday, the northern half of the area is in a severe drought. It means everything from farm crops to weekend trips to the lake could be affected, unless the area gets […] → Read More

Habitat for Humanity needs money due to rising lumber costs

In Chicago, the pandemic has left Habitat for Humanity at a loss for lumber as prices for 2x4s have soared. → Read More

Ex-NFL player, wife share story of home to help others facing ALS — including McMichael

With no known cure, former Baltimore Ravens OJ Brigance, is defying the odds. → Read More

’empowerHER’ group helps young girls cope with loss of moms ahead of Mother’s Day

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — With Mother’s Day just days away, a group is working to help young girls cope on the loss of their own moms. The group “empowerHER” started after a Boston-area woman lost her mom to cancer when she was only nine. Her feeling of isolation became so great that as a grown […] → Read More

What to expect inside Wrigley Field as Cubs fans prepare for historic Opening Day

CHICAGO — Wrigley Field is getting ready for Opening Day and Cubs fans are getting ready for the first time in a year and a half. Only WGN News was invited into Wrigley Field as workers were still hanging signs, wheeling in food and grooming the infield, all in preparation for the Cubs to take on the Pirates […] → Read More

Big 2021 changes for Wrigley vendors who help make up fabric of ballpark

CHICAGO – The hard working men and women who sell beer, hot dogs and bags of peanuts will no longer be hustling food and beverages in the stands like they used to. Big changes will be in store for these colorful characters who make the ballpark experience memorable. Vince Pesha is a longtime peanut vendor […] → Read More

Scam Alert: Why posting your COVID vaccine card may lead to fraud

A local expert says sharing your COVID-19 vaccination card online and through social media could become a breeding ground for fraud. → Read More

Alum-turned-president: St. Patrick HS calling home one of its own

CHICAGO — St. Patrick High School on the city’s northwest side is calling home one of its own. A 2002 alum, who blazed a trail for himself over the past 20 years, is preparing to take his high profile experience to the halls of the all-boys catholic school he once walked. From playing collegiate football to […] → Read More

‘The Invert’ hopes to bring underground building project to old Southeast Side steel mill

CHICAGO — A real estate development company in Chicago is hoping to take contaminated buildings left behind by old steel mills and build below them, underground. The investors behind The Invert are hoping to take 140 acres of abandoned property and convert it to 6,000,000 square feet of usable commercial space, all below ground. Steve […] → Read More

Chicago researchers examine terrorism trends amid pandemic

CHICAGO – Researchers in Chicago spent tireless months examining terrorism trends overseas to try to understand what may emerge after the pandemic. At the Chicago Project of Security Threats, or CPOST, 40 researchers have been working to know 12 months underground for violent terrorism groups doesn’t mean all is quiet in the U.S. The research, […] → Read More