Julian Crews

From Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall, Julian Crews gets around! The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers. From breaking news to feature reporting, this hard-working broadcast veteran gives it his all.

Every spring, with the popular “Cruisin” Illinois travel series, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln. His entertaining excursions are must-see TV, in stunning high-definition. And his quirky ‘Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

In recent years, Julian’s also become a WGN Morning News fixture, filing on-going reports throughout the day on the Midday and Evening WGN and CLTV newscasts.

It’s all in a day’s work for this versatile storyteller, who joined WGN in 1996. Through the years, Julian has worn many hats, from the “Around Town” beat to politics and crime, producing in-depth, investigative pieces on Chicago street gangs and organized crime. Covering John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998 was especially fulfilling for Julian. The son of Cuban-born parents, he visited his family’s home in Havana, taking WGN viewers along for the ride.

Recent Articles
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    Fans scramble for Cubs playoff tickets

    CHICAGO — As soon as Jake Arietta coaxed the final out in the Cubs 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh, the mad dash was on to secure tickets for the divisional playoff series against the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets for games 1 and 2 in St. Louis and 3 and 4 at Wrigley Field are sold out.  So fans who want them may have to get their tickets on the secondary market. The average prices, according the online ticket broker, […]

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    Firefighters respond to massive blaze at 92-year-old church in Woodlawn

    CHICAGO — A three-alarm fire gutted much of an 92-year-old church in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The fire broke out before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, at 6415 South Woodlawn Avenue. The church recently underwent a major renovation, including roof repair; but the fire left the roof collapsed. A women’s and children’s shelter next to the church had to be evacuated. Workers had been renovating the interior of the church, including electrical and ventilation upgrades. It’s not clear […]

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    Chicago taxi drivers prepare for tomorrow’s 24-hour strike

    CHICAGO — Taxi drivers across Chicago are preparing to go on strike. It will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, and last 24 hours. Cabbies are angry over Mayor Emanuel’s plans to let “Uber” and similar companies do pick-ups and drop-offs at the city’s airports. They believe “ride shares” have an unfair advantage because they aren’t as heavily regulated.

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    Jose Abreu’s work off the field just as impressive

    A White Sox All Star is making a big name for himself off the baseball field. But Jose Abreu’s work off the field is just as impressive. WGN’s Julian Crews has the story.

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    Cab drivers speak out at City Hall

    CHICAGO — Chicago taxi drivers are demanding Uber and similar companies be subject to the same rules of the road. Hundreds of cabbies made their voices heard outside City Hall during a hearing on Friday. They claim rules and regulations are handicapping them. Ald. Rick Munoz of the 22nd ward is among the aldermen who appear sympathetic to the taxi drivers’ plight. He points out traditional taxis are inspected for safety twice a year, while a “ride-share” vehicle is only […]

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    Derrick Rose surgery went ‘as expected’; estimated return is 2 weeks

    CHICAGO — A timetable has been set for the return of Derrick Rose. According to the Chicago Bulls, the start point guard’s surgery went “as expected.” It is estimated that he can return to basketball in the next two weeks. Rose suffered an orbital fracture Tuesday at Bulls practice.

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    Emanuel, McCarthy react angrily to latest outburst of gun violence

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy reacted angrily Tuesday over the latest explosion in deadly gun violence in Chicago. “I’m gonna try to control my anger. We have way too many guns on the streets of the City of Chicago, with too little values, and the penalties that don’t match the values of the City of Chicago,” said Emanuel on Tuesday. The mayor called for tougher gun laws and penalties. McCarthy pointed out Chicago pulls more illegal […]

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    Emanuel defends budget, confronts lawsuit at council meeting

    CHICAGO — Today is the first City Council meeting since Mayor Emanuel unveiled his proposal for a massive property tax increase. Aldermen are now presenting their ideas to cut costs and increase revenue in order to ease the financial burden on homeowners. Proposals being considered include privatizing Chicago’s 311 call center, developing CTA properties and a food cart proposal which would create jobs and generate a modest amount of revenue. Also Thurday, The Chicago Tribune is suing Emanuel over claims […]

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    Police check for link between missing boy, Garfield Park lagoon remains

    CHICAGO — Police in Rockford held a news conference today in the case of a missing toddler that may be connected to the case of a child’s remains found in Chicago’s Garfield Park Lagoon. 2-year-old Kyrian Knox was first reported missing in Rockford last week, but investigators are not sure when someone last saw him. Investigators sent a DNA sample from the boy’s mother to the FBI lab for testing. During today’s news conference they said the disappearance of Kyrian Knox […]

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    Suburban police say robber took cash, clerk from gas station; Woman missing

    ELMHURST, Ill. — Elmhurst police are investigating a robbery at a gas station and looking for a missing clerk. Police responded to a call around 5 a.m. this morning at the gas station at North Ave and Route 83. Police have identified the missing store clerk as Simone Boyd.  She is 21-years-old, about 5 feet tall, 170 pounds with long hair possibly in a ponytail.  She was last seen wearing a green short sleeve polo shirt and black pants.  Surveillance video […]


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