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.

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    Rauner addresses concerns on financial plans

    PALATINE, Ill. — Governor Rauner addresses concerns on Friday about his lack of information on solutions for Illinois’ financial problems, and the costs of some new posts in his administration. The state’s deficit is expected to hit $6 billion this year. That’s twice more than expected. The pension debt is also expected to reach $111 billion. Rauner believes he has the right people to turn Illinois around. “We have people coming who have been in state government throughout their careers […]


    Witnesses: Speeding SUV fired shots, ran over dog

    CHICAGO– Several dogs were reportedly hit by a speeding SUV Thursday evening in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood. Lawrence Fishman says he saw Thursday night’s disturbing incident– along with countless other Park Tower residents with a bird’s eye view of the park district bike path off the 5300 block of Sheridan. Police are not providing many details, but numerous witnesses say there may have been more than one gunman in a white or perhaps silver colored Jeep Cherokee, firing as many […]

  • Some security concerns for controversial magazine in Evanston

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The first copies of the french satire magazine “Charlie Hebdo” may arrive in Evanston as early as Friday. Evanston police are stepping up patrols to prepare for anything that might develop. The Chicago Main Newsstand is capitalizing on the new awareness of the magazine’s biting and controversial political humor. Islamist terrorists were so offended by that humor they stormed the magazine’s offices in Paris, and murdered 12 people. Evanston police don’t want that to happen here, so […]

  • Chicago police investigate hidden camera in North Side apartment

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the discovery of a hidden recording device in a Wrigleyville apartment. A large contingent of Chicago police descended on a 3-story building in the 1100 block of West Eddy.  Patrol officers and investigators looked at wiring on the side of the building. They obtained a search warrant to carefully inspect the condo building after a woman told investigators that she found a tiny hidden camera in a ceiling vent in her bedroom. Area North […]

  • Closing arguments expected Friday in bean bag shooting death trial

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of a Park Forest police officer who shot and killed an 95-year-old man with a beanbag shotgun. On the stand Friday,  a defense expert who authored a report on the use of deadly force testified John Wrana appeared to be a threat to police and residents at the retirement home where he lived. On Thursday,  officer Craig Taylor spent an hour on the witness stand, describing how, and […]

  • Judge to rule in case of beanbag gun death next month

    PARK FOREST, Ill — A judge says he’ll announce his verdict next month in the case of a suburban Chicago police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War II veteran with a beanbag gun. Authorities were called to the assisted living residence in Park Forest in July of 2013, after John Wrana became combative with workers trying to care for him. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office says the trial before Judge Luciano Panici ended Friday and Panici […]

  • Testimony continues in trial of officer for death of World War II vet

    MARKHAM, Ill. — The trial continues Wednesday for the Park Forest police officer who’s charged with firing several bean bags at a 95-year-old man at a retirement home. John Wrana, Jr. later died of his injuries. Officer Craig Taylor fired five bean bags at Wrana at Victory Centre of Park Forest. Wrana died five hours later. He had refused to have an operation to stop internal bleeding. Officers were sent to the retirement home because Wrana wouldn’t cooperate with the […]

  • Parents of Bolingbrook terrorism suspect say their son was brainwashed by militants

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Prosecutors say it’s a case of a radicalized teen from Bolingbrook, Ill., with concrete plans to flight alongside ISIS. But Mohammed Khan’s lawyers and his parents say the 19-year-old fell under the toxic sway of social media. Khan’s mother read a statement, condemning recent violence and brutal attacks by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Zarine Khan also condemned “the brainwashing and recruiting of children through the use of social media and the internet.” Khan was arrested in October […]

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    Pat Quinn looks back on 6 years as governor

    CHICAGO — Pat Quinn’s tenure as Illinois governor is drawing to a close. Republican challenger and governor elect, Bruce Rauner, will be sworn in Monday. But the outgoing Governor is weighing in on his six years in office, looking back at a bewildering set of challenges. “My predecessor had been impeached and removed from office,” Quinn said in a sit-down interview. “His predecessor was in jail. Pretty soon they were both in jail.” It was a tumultuous start to his […]

  • Tollway crews stepping up in deep freeze

    Getting stranded on a toll road is bad enough; getting stuck out in the frigid weather can be dangerous. So Illinois Tollway crews have beefed up their routes to help drivers who need it. The Tollway has mobilized the 24-hour Zero Weather Road to look for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15. There are at least 11 Zero Weather Road Patrols […]


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