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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    Former teacher charged with child porn after camera found in bathroom of Near North Side school

    CHICAGO — Charges have been filed Friday morning against a former music teacher after a motion-activated camera was discovered in the bathroom of an elementary school in the city’s Gold Coast. Police charged Elliott Nott, 41, with seven felony counts of unauthorized videotaping and one felony count of child pornography. Investigators say Nott placed a motion detecting video recording device in the public bathroom of the Ogden International School at 24 W. Walton St. The device was found on September 7, the second […]

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    Candidate charged for allegedly impersonating a judge says politics to blame

    CHICAGO — A Cook County law clerk who was fired for allegedly impersonating a judge is defending herself against the allegation. In a news conference Thursday, Rhonda Crawford said it was a mistake for her to put on judge’s robes and sit on the bench, but she never claimed to be a judge while sitting in on three traffic court cases. Crawford is currently running for a seat on the 1st Judicial Subcircuit. And although she defeated two rivals in […]

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    Chicago Police Department plans major hiring over next 2 years

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will dramatically beef-up its force as it battles the deadly gun violence. The CPD will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years to address the spike in crime and offset retirements. Of those positions, 516 will be for patrol officers, 200 for detectives, 112 for sergeants, 92 for field training officers, and 50 for lieutenants. The total cost will be $134 million. But, no details yet on where that money will come from. […]

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    Body of Chicago high school freshman found burned in garage on West Side

    CHICAGO — A teenager found burned to death in a garage on the city’s West Side has reportedly been identified. The victim has been identified as 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin, Jr. Remains were discovered in a burning garbage container at Cortez and Pine in the Austin neighborhood on Saturday morning. Chicago police are looking for whoever’s responsible, possibly a man who may have accidentally burned himself while setting the body on fire. Griffin was a freshman at Chicago’s Steinmetz College Prep. His family […]

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    London mayor says Donald Trump plays to ‘extremists’ during Chicago visit

    CHICAGO — With Mayor Rahm Emanuel by his side, London Mayor Sadiq Khan rode a water taxi on the Chicago River Friday morning and took in some of the city’s treasured sights.  But Khan’s visit is more than just a sight-seeing tour. In the wake of Great Britian’s vote to exit the European Union in June, also known at Brexit, Mayor Khan wants it known that London is still open for business.  Khan led a delegation to Chicago to meet with Mayor […]

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    U of C Medicine breaks ground on $43 million trauma center

    CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Medicine broke ground this morning on its new emergency department. The $43 million project will bring back adult trauma services to the South Side after a 25-year absence. The new center will be 76 percent larger than the current one.  It will include four bays for treating trauma patient and onsite biocontainment for patients exposed to biological dangers like Ebola. The new building is expected to open in January, 2018 and begin services in the […]

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    New water-sewer tax coming to Chicago residents, businesses

    CHICAGO  — Chicago aldermen have approved a new water and sewer tax that has the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. City Council members voted 40-10 on Wednesday to approve the nearly 30 percent tax. Proceeds will go to the city’s financially troubled municipal workers pension fund. The city owes the fund $18.6 billion. The tax is to be phased in over four years. It will cost the average homeowner in Chicago about $53 more next year, going up to about […]

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    South Loop merchants hit by smash and grab burglars

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a string of smash and grab burglaries that took place overnight in the city’s South Loop. There were five separate incidents, all of them happening in the early morning hours. The South Loop store managers are faced with a considerable cleanup job at the Cermak and Wabash Currency Exchange, where intruders smashed a door and apparently even made an attempt to penetrate the bulletproof glass to get into the back. There is no word yet […]

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    Illinois National Guard soldiers prepare to deploy on Sept 11th

    NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. — 15 years after the nine eleven attacks, a group Illinois soldiers are preparing to go to Afghanistan. An official deployment ceremony will be held on Sunday September 11th at their base in North Riverside for the Illinois National Guard 710 medical company. 20 National Guard members will be leaving their families behind to be part of a medical team. They’ll train first in Fort Hood, Texas then continue on to Afghanistan  

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    Passengers warned not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

    If you travel with a Samsung Note 7, you’re likely on the honor system when deciding whether to use or charge the device during a flight. The Federal Aviation Administration says that because of concern about fires involving the smartphone, it “strongly advises” airline passengers not to use or charge one or stow one in checked baggage. It is very unusual for the FAA to warn passengers about a specific branded product. And on Friday, the U.S Consumer Product Safety […]