Julian Crews

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
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    Supporters of St. Alphonsus jubilant as school is saved from closure

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — Class will be in session for the 2016-7 school year for St. Alphonsus Catholic. It faced closure after the archdiocese notified St. Alphonsus that it had until January 4 to raise $300,000, later to $400,000, for its operating budget. The archdiocese has now said the school raised the needed money and also enrolled its target number of students.

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    Girl, 16, may have been walking to school when shot in West Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park. The shooting happened at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Kildare Avenue and Hirsch Street. She was taken in stable condition to Illinois Masonic Hospital. Initial reports were that the girl may have been on her way to school. Police are investigating whether the shooting was related to a U-Haul truck crash in the area around the same time. A neighbor said she […]

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    City council votes to allow Inspector General more power to investigate alderman

    CHICAGO — Aldermen agreed on Wednesday to let the city’s Inspector General investigate allegations against them. But they put limits on his power. Some criticized the ordinance for not going far enough. Among other things, it bars the Inspector General from investigating City Hall committees.

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    Chicago Alderman consider expanding IG powers

    CHICAGO –The Chicago City Council may vote Wednesday on a plan that would allow the city’s inspector general to investigate the aldermen themselves. But the proposal may not be as strong as some would like. Reformers say Inspector General Joe Ferguson should be given power to audit programs and expenses handled by council committees. Others say the power to investigate aldermen for illegal activity is a good step forward.    

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    Applications for housing in Ford Heights open

    ​ FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. — The wait is over. For the first time since 2009, families who need homes could file applications for one location in Ford Heights on Tuesday. Hundreds of low-income families, the elderly and the disabled applied for spots at the Vera Yates Family Housing at 1055 Berkeley. There were 26 newly rehabbed units available. Open enrollment ended at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Budget cutbacks and limited resources have hurt public housing and subsidies for low-income families and renters. For more […]

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    Makeshift memorial set up for 6 slain Gage Park family members

    CHICAGO — A makeshift memorial in front of the home where six members of the same family were found dead continues to grow, as Chicago police continue to pursue several different theories as to how they were killed. Stuffed animals, flowers and burning candles lay in front of six white crosses on the front lawn of the home as detectives have spent the past few days searching for any evidence that could lead to answers in the grisly deaths of […]

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    Father Pfleger amidst Chiraq flag controversy

    CHICAGO — Father Michael Pfleger says he’s not backing down. He’s received angry phone calls and emails about the flag at St Sabina parish flavor ordering the flag to be flown at half staff to honor victims of Chicago Street violence. Adding fuel to the fire, The flying of the Chiraq flag over the stars and stripes. The Chiraq flag from the Spike Lee movie focused on street violence in Chicago flew outside St Sabina since November. When Plfeger ordered the maintenance man to put the US flag at half staff a couple of days ago, he says he completely forgot the Chiraq flag was still out there. He’s received angry phone calls and emails about the flag at St Sabina parish flavor ordering the flag to be flown at half […]

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    Rauner proposes adding express lanes to Stevenson

    CHICAGO — Commuters used to heavy traffic on the Stevenson Expressway may soon see some relief. Governor Rauner on Thursday pushed for a plan to add at least one express lane in each direction between I-355 and the Dan Ryan Expressway. Right now, 170,000 vehicles use this 25-mile section each day. Construction could start next year, and be completed by 2019. No price tag yet on the proposal. Rauner says the plan will look at managed car pool lanes and […]

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    Governor Rauner creates privately funded economic agency

    CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner has used his executive powers to create a privately run and funded economic development agency that he says will “jump-start” job growth. The first-term Republican signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation. It’s a nonprofit group the governor, a former private equity investor, says will work with an existing state agency, though it will be funded with “millions” in private donations. The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has […]

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    Woman donates late daughter’s heart to mother of three

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — An amazing act of friendship amid deep sadness — that’s what Vicki Olds did for her dear friend Tanisha Basham. After Vicki lost her only child, 18-year-old Domonique “Nikki” Smith, in a drowning accident, she decided to donate Nikki’s heart to Tanisha. Tanisha, a 41-year-old mother of three, has been on the heart transplant waiting list with severe congestive heart failure. Tanisha initially declined this selfless gift. But Vicki insisted. Tanisha underwent a successful heart transplant surgery at Advocate […]


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