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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    Chicago Catholic students pray for a Cubs win

    CHICAGO — There’s an undeniable glow at St. Viator Catholic Church on the city’s Northwest Side. Elementary school students, teachers and staff were celebrating the feast of Saint Viator, but also offering up prayers for the Cubs. “Divine intervention definitely!” said St. Viator teacher Don Slawik. “I come from a family of die-hard Cubs fans, and I know my mother and father are looking down, and they’re doing what they can up there to help them win also.” It’s hard not to […]

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    Cubs pop-up store opens on city’s Northwest Side to meet high-demand

    CHICAGO — As Chicago Cubs fans get excited for Game 6 at Wrigley Field on Saturday night against the Dodgers in the NLCS, they’re busy buying gear to show their team spirit. A Clark Street Sports warehouse “popped-up” at Lawrence and Kilbourn on the city’s Northwest Side to meet the high-demand. The store’s offering Cubs jerseys, hats, and other items. Some fans are focusing on prayer. Students and teachers at St. Viator at Addison and Kedvale are praying hard for […]

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    DNA-based sketches may show what parents of ‘Baby Hope’ look like

    WHEATON, Ill. — DuPage County Sheriff’s investigators are hoping new DNA information may help locate the parents of “Baby Hope” — the still-unidentified infant whose body was found last August in a wooded area near Wheaton. With the help of advanced DNA forensic analysis the investigators have been able to come up with composite sketches that they hope will lead to a break in this puzzling case. The investigators say, based on DNA, both the mother and father of “Baby […]

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    Chicago area teens warned of dangers of texting and driving

    CHICAGO — A warning for teenagers who text and drive. The Illinois Partners for Traffic Safety hosted on Wednesday its annual Teen Driver Safety Fair. The free program during National Teen Driver Safety Week is open to all schools in the Chicago area. It took place at House of Hope Arena at 752 East 114th Street in Chicago. Students had a chance to see the effects of texting and driving in a rollover accident simulator, among other presentations and activities. Traffic […]

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    Cubs’ Javier Baez gets Sportsman of the Year Award

    CHICAGO — It’s been a good week for Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez. His team advanced to the National League Championship Series, in large, part because of his outstanding defense and strong hitting. On Friday, Baez received the Sportsman of the Year Award from the State of Illinois. IL Secretary of State Jesse White gave Baez the award at the Thompson Center. It was given to Baez in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. With his mother and brother in attendance, […]

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    Preckwinkle proposes new Cook County tax on soda, lemonade, sports drinks

    CHICAGO — People who buy sweetened soft drinks in Cook County may soon have to pay more. Board president Toni Preckwinkle proposed a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, lemonade, and sports drinks. If the tax is approved, it would cost consumers about 72-cents more for a six pack of soda. The proposed tax would help close a $174-million budget shortfall. Cook County government could also see about 300 layoffs and the elimination of nearly 300 vacant jobs. Business groups and the […]

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    Expect to pay big bucks for Chicago Cubs NLCS tickets

    CHICAGO — Cubs fans looking for tickets to the National League Championship Series may have to pay a lot to get them. The team is not expected to release any tickets for the NLCS, so fans may need to look on the secondary market to find them. As of Wednesday afternoon, Standing Room Only tickets on certain websites were going for close to $500. Game 1 of the NLCS is scheduled for Saturday against the winner of the Washington Nationals-Los […]

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    Owners urged to vaccinate pets against rabies after cats test positive

    CHICAGO — Cook County Animal Control officials are telling residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies after some cats tested positive for the disease. The administrator of Cook County Animal & Rabies Control issued a rabies warning for Cook County Tuesday after two outdoor cats from nearby counties tested positive. If you haven’t already done so, you should get your cat or dog vaccinated. Ogle County, found southwest of Rockford, is close enough to raise a red flag in Cook County.  The September […]

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    Teachers vow to strike unless contract deal is made by Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says negotiations on a new contract for teachers will continue through the weekend, but as it stands right now there is no deal. The CTU and the City are still apparently far apart as teachers served notice they’re ready to strike. “If we can’t secure an agreement all 28,000 CTU members will go on strike and erect pickets as early as 6 a.m. at all CPS buildings on Tuesday morning,” Lewis said. […]

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    As CPS strike nears, alderman pitches plan to avert walk-out

    CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman and other elected leaders are trying to avert another strike at Chicago Public Schools. Teachers may walk-out on Tuesday, October 11. 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is urging Mayor Emanuel to commit additional T.I.F. (tax increment financing) funds. He says diverting these dollars is an investment in school kids. The Mayor has already committed $32.5 million in special T.I.F. funds to CPS. CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union are still trying to reach a deal. CPS says it’s […]