Julian Crews
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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
  • Scandal-plagued Burr Oak Cemetery gets a makeover

    Five years after the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal broke,  dignity has returned to the south suburban cemetery. In August 2009, investigators made a gruesome discovery of dilapidated gravesites, missing bodies and bodies being double stacked in some graves  as part of a scheme to have more available plots to sell. A number of cemetery employees ended up charged in the scandal. On Friday, a new era began as Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart dedicated a monument […]

  • Bringing peace and closure – the new Burr Oak

  • Sex offenders living near CPS Safe Passage routes

    Safe Passage program expands to 27 more schools

    15,000 more city students will be part of the “Safe Passage” program designed to get kids to and from school safely, Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announced today. The expansion of the Safe Passage program also had help from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. And with additional Safe Passage routes being added to 27 schools, the hope is Chicago’s students can get through another school year safely.   The 27 new Safe Passage schools include: Thomas A. Hendricks […]

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    Chicago Safe Passage program expanding

    Dozens more Chicago public schools will be part of the Safe Passage program this year with a new $10 million investment from the state of Illinois. The money will be used to hire 600 new Safe Passage workers. 27 schools are being added to the program, bringing the number to 120 elementary and high schools in the city’s South and West side neighborhoods. The Safe Passage program was started in 2009 to address concerns about student safety while traveling to […]

  • New early childhood education initiative underway in Chicago

    A new campaign is underway to provide early childhood education in Chicago. It’s a plan its backers call the key to college. Getting their children into quality, full-time day care or learning programs is often out of reach for young working parents. Waiting lists, fees and co-pays prove to be too big of a challenge for some. This is why working parents, neighborhood organizations and unions are launching a new campaign known as “Bright Future Chicago”  to bring universal child […]

  • Police: Man tried to force 11-year-old girl into van

    Chicago police have issued a community alert after the attempted abduction of an 11-year old girl. It happened Monday afternoon near 63rd and Drexel. Police say a man grabbed the girl and tried to force her into his van. The girl was able to get away and call for help. But she told police that she saw another girl inside that van screaming for help, with her hands and legs duct taped. Police describe the vehicle as a full-size white van with […]

  • Bond set for men accused in Harvey shooting, hostage standoff

    The men accused of shooting two police officers during a 20-hour hostage standoff in the south suburbs appeared in bond court Friday. David Jordan and Peter Williams are charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. Bond was set at $2.5 million for Williams, 42, of Chicago, and at $2 million for Jordan, 40, a convicted murderer from Dixmoor. Police say Jordan and Williams took two adults and six children hostage […]

  • Suburban police dept’s tasers with cameras hold officers responsible

    The controversy in Ferguson, Missouri is raising the debate: When is a police officer justified to use their weapon? The Evanston Police Department uses special tasers that are equipped with tiny cameras to increase accountability for its officers and the people they arrest. The tasers are designed to deliver a powerful, but non-lethal electrical shock. The cameras videotape the targets being tasered. After every discharge, Evanston police leaders review the use of force. In Dallas today, the police department announced […]

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    ‘Miraculous day’ as American Ebola patients released

    (CNN) — Both Americans who were treated for the Ebola virus have been discharged from a hospital. “Today is a miraculous day,” Dr. Kent Brantly said at a Thursday news conference in Atlanta with Emory University Hospital staff members. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.” The hospital had announced that he was being discharged Thursday. The other patient, Nancy Writebol, was released Tuesday and is choosing not to make public […]

  • Suspects in custody, 8 hostages okay in 21-hour hostage situation in Harvey

    A 21 hour hostage situation in Harvey ended this morning with two suspects in custody and all eight hostages are okay and recovering. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart described key tactical decisions made by his Hostage Barricade Terrorist Unit and state police negotiators as negotiations hit a tense stalemate this morning. “We went through the tactics that we are trained in to increase some of the pressure on them,” Dart said. “We assured them that no one was going to […]


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