Julian Crews

Julian Crews joined the WGN News team in 1996. He is a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News.

From breaking news to feature reporting, Julian has reported all over Illinois, from Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall. The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers.

Over 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.

Every spring, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln with the popular Cruisin’ Illinois travel series. His Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

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    1st meeting of Chicago community policing panel

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department hopes to take another step toward improving its community relations today. The city’s new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting this morning at police headquarters. Superintendent Eddie Johnson hosted the event. The panel was created to develop a strategy for more police engagement in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods. Later Tuesday, Johnson sat with a panel of activists from Youth for Black Lives and fielded questions on police accountability. The students had concerns […]

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    DOJ issues scathing report of civil rights abuses by Chicago Police Department

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has unconstitutionally engaged in a pattern of excessive and deadly force, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday, wrapping up a 13-month federal probe of a department that has been under heavy scrutiny over officer-involved shootings. As a result of the probe, the city and the Justice Department have agreed to negotiate a reform plan that would be overseen by a federal judge, Lynch said in Chicago. Chicago police officers’ use of excessive force, she […]

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    U of C introduces new trauma center chief

    CHICAGO — The effort to bring back a trauma center to the South Side took another step forward Thursday. The University of Chicago Medical Center introduced its new trauma director, Dr. Selwyn Rogers Jr., a trauma surgeon. The trauma center is scheduled to re-open in spring 2018. The move is in response to community pressure for a level-one trauma center to treat victims in nearby neighborhoods hit hard with gun violence.    

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    ‘I think it was Russia’: For first time, Trump says Russia behind election hacks

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time he believes Russia was behind hacking ahead of the election. “I think it was Russia,” Trump said during his first news conference as President-elect. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a “political witch hunt” following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal […]

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    Man, 28, fatally shot while sitting in car in Bronzeville

    CHICAGO — Family members heard the gunshots outside their Bronzeville apartment Thursday night that killed 28-year-old Dante Swanson. He had finished work at FedEx and was going to visit his aunt and cousins when he was shot several times while sitting in his car near 46th and Cottage Grove. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His cousin tells police she saw the gunman running away when she looked out the window after hearing the shots. There has not been an […]

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    Victim in Facebook Live torture case was friends with one of his attackers

      CHICAGO — Chicago police charged four people in the disturbing attack of an 18-year-old man with special needs. The entire attack was broadcast on Facebook Live. This is the timeline of events in the case that Chicago police outlined at a news conference Thursday: Saturday, Dec. 31 The 18-year-old victim’s parents dropped him off at a McDonald’s in Streamwood, Ill., to meet his friend Jordan Hill, 18, who has since been charged in this case. His parents believed he was spending […]

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    4 charged with hate crime, kidnapping in Facebook Live torture of man with special needs

    CHICAGO — Four people accused of torturing a mentally disabled man were charged with a hate crime and aggravated kidnapping among other charges Thursday. The attack was streamed live on Facebook. The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of room. His attackers laugh and shout “f*ck Donald Trump” and “f*ck white people” as they kick and punch him and and cut into his forehead with a knife. Here is a rundown of […]

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    Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi spar over divorce court venue

    CHICAGO — Lawyers for Sandi and Jesse Jackson Junior were in a Cook County courtroom Wednesday, fighting over where the couple divorce case should be heard. Sandi Jackson has asked that the the Cook County case to be dismissed so it can be heard in Washington, DC where the Jacksons have a home. Jesse Jackson Jr. filed for divorce in Chicago where they also have a home. His lawyer told the judge Wednesday that Sandi committed certain acts that led […]

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    Fatal shooting of Villa Park teen by sheriff’s deputy investigated by state police

    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Illinois State Police are handling the investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenager by a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy. The deputy became involved in a confrontation with the 17-year-old early Monday after responding to a call for a violent domestic situation at Standish and Eliot Lanes in unincorporated Villa Park. The deputy says he feared the youth had a knife before firing. Neighbors in the quiet neighborhood of townhomes told WGN’s Julian Crews they didn’t hear […]

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    Search for second victim suspended in Lynwood pond crash

    LYNWOOD, Ill. — Investigators have suspended the search for a second victim of a deadly car crash in the south suburbs. The car plunged into an icy retention pond off Lincoln Highway in Lynwood Sunday. Divers pulled the car out of the water Monday and found the body of a man inside. He is identified as Christopher Stone, 27,  of Chicago Heights. The family of 26 year-old Leandre Scott, also of Chicago Heights, believe he’s the other victim. Police initially […]