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
  • Home for single moms proposed for NW Side

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is considering a proposal to turn a vacant convent on the Northwest Side into a home for new, unwed mothers. But some neighbors are fighting the idea. The non-profit Catholic group,  Aid for Women,  wants to convert the former convent at St Pascal’s Parish in the Portage Park neighborhood. The plan calls for housing seven mothers and their newborns in rooms once used by nuns. Neighbors opposed to the idea say the rooms are […]

  • Mass transit could take hit under Rauner’s budget cuts

    WOODSTOCK, Ill — Transit officials in the Chicago area are already making dire predictions for mass transit if Illinois lawmakers approve Gov Rauner’s new budget. The proposed budget cuts could eliminate $170 million dollars from Chicago-area mass transit. The CTA, Metra and Pace all contend they could lose most of their funding which would force possible service cuts and rate hikes. The CTA, which provides 81 percent of the rides in the area, would suffer the largest funding hit under […]

  • Ex-Illinois lawmaker Keith Farnham sentenced to 8 years for child porn

    ELGIN, Ill. — A federal judge has sentenced terminally ill former Illinois lawmaker Keith Farnham to eight years in prison for compiling and trading more than 2,000 pornographic images of children online. He was fined $30,000. Farnham, 67, has 60 days to surrender to federal marshals. Due to his deteriorating condition he is headed to a federal prison with hospice care.  He suffers from lung disease. “If the doctors’ estimates are correct he will probably die in about three months,” […]

  • Safety concerns after debris falls from Loop building

    CHICAGO — No injuries were reported after bricks fell from a building in a busy area of the Loop on Tuesday morning. Police and fire crews responded to the 200 block of West Van Buren Street about 8:50 a.m., police said. Police have blocked off the corner of Van Buren and Franklin to foot traffic. Closures were later reopened Tuesday evening. Building inspectors were notified. They’re investigating a piece that flew off the building and landed on the street. 30 […]

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    Mayoral candidates offer details on budget plans

    CHICAGO — Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spelled out his plan to handle the city’s budget crisis while paying for programs he’s pushing on the campaign trail. Both Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been short on details about how to pay for city services in the face of a growing budget deficit. In television ads, Emanuel has implied Garcia would raise taxes to balance the budget. Garcia held a news conference Friday morning to give details on cutting […]

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    Civil rights leader Rev. Willie Barrow dies

    CHICAGO — Civil rights leader Rev. Willie Barrow has passed away. She spent her life fighting for civil rights and she helped found Operation PUSH and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1950s and 60s. She also was known as a crusader for AIDS victims and children. She helped campaign to elect Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. On his Facebook page, Rev. Jesse Jackson said of Barrow: “She was a woman of unusual courage and character. She was a freedom fighter. She fought […]

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    2 Aurora high school students killed in crash identified

    ROCHELLE, Ill. –Two teens from the Aurora area were killed Tuesday night in a crash with a semi-truck while they were on their way to a school basketball game in Rochelle, Ill. Hearts were heavy at Aurora Central Catholic High School and surrounding communities, where students, teachers and administrators are praying for the victims and their families. 16-year-old Allison Bradford, of Aurora, known as Ally, was beloved by her classmates and renowned for her ready smile and prowess on the […]

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    Wounded Harvey cop gets hero’s welcome

    HARVEY, Ill. — A south suburban police officer, shot during a hostage standoff and off work for six months, was welcomed back today with a hero’s salute. Lt. Darnell Keel, a decorated Harvey police officer, is back on the job — even though he was eligible to retire. A surprised Keel received a hero’s welcome on his first day back after last summer’s dangerous encounter with armed gunmen barricaded for 21 hours in a Harvey home. Keel was seriously wounded […]

  • Fans, relatives pay respects to White Sox star Minoso

    CHICAGO — Fans and relatives are paying their respects to Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso. A memorial service will be Saturday at noon at Holy Family Church, 1080 Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. A procession immediately following the memorial service will pass U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox where a statue of Minoso stands. The Havana native and major league baseball’s first black Latino star died Sunday. He was believed to be 90. Known as the “Cuban […]

  • Jane Byrne Flyover Project to begin Tuesday

    CHICAGO –Brace yourself for major construction on the Jane Byrne interchange, especially drivers who use the Eisenhower and the Dan Ryan Expressways. The Jane Byrne Flyover project will begin Tuesday night, March 10. The entire project will require several lane and ramp closures until it is finished in Summer 2016. Starting Tuesday night, the following closures and detours will go into effect: The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress Parkway will be closed. A detour route will […]


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