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
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    Sea Dogs exhibit at Door County Maritime Museum

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. —  Young and old will love this fascinating new exhibit about a sailor’s best friend – dogs. They’ve long been loyal companions, warriors, lifesavers and guardians. Our four-legged friends have played important roles for the US Navy and other branches of the military. From shipboard mascots to working dogs trained for special maritime functions, “sea dogs” have bravely served and loved their seafaring companions. You’ll be amazed at the real-life stories of dogs at sea. See LINK […]

  • The "City of Glasgow" in Lily Bay, Door County, resting in only a few feet of water is easily spotted from an airplane.

    Cruisin’ Wisconsin web extra: Surviving ‘Death’s Door’

    DOOR COUNTY, Wis. — Off the northern tip of Door County, you’ll find some of the most treacherous currents on the Great Lakes.  Here between the mainland and remote Washington Island, the currents of Green Bay flow into the swirling waters of Lake Michigan.  And the end result, over the centuries, have been countless shipwrecks. Powered boats with modern engines and GPS global positioning have little to fear, when it comes to “Death’s Door.”  But 19th & 20th century sailing […]

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    Dart announces new mental health clinic

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announces on Friday the launch of a new mental health clinic as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Dart unveiled the plan at a rally at the Sheriff’s Mental Health Transition Center at 28th and Rockwell. This was the second annual “Rally for Courage.” The new clinic is located at the Markham Courthouse. It will accept low-level misdemeanor offenders to undergo treatment programs. Nine months ago, the county jail’s Mental Health Transition center […]

  • Cook County board debates ‘stop and frisk’ resolution

    CHICAGO — Cook County board members debated a resolution today urging the city of Chicago to curb so called “stop and frisk” tactics. They are tactics that according to a recent American Civil Liberties Union report disproportionately impact black and Hispanic communities and too often violate people’s basic constitutional rights. Last week’s federal lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department focused a harsh spotlight on “stop and frisk” police practices. In the past, Superintendent Garry McCarthy has defended the conduct of […]

  • Ernie Banks’ estate may be larger than first reported

    CHICAGO (AP) —A new twist in Cook County Probate Court Wednesday as Ernie Banks caretaker reveals she and the Cubs legend had a joint bank account and a trust fund. The financial assets were not part of the original list of items presented to the court by Banks’ longtime caregiver, Regina Rice. After court today, Rice’s attorney told reporters the accounts are not part of the estate.  An attorney for Banks’ estranged wife, Elizabeth Banks disputes that notion. The original […]

  • Chicago police honor 12-year-old South Side girl battling cancer

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Tuesday honored a girl who is fighting cancer. Bagpipes played as police gave 12-year-old Emily Beazley and her sister honorary stars at police headquarters. Emily is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and doctors say her chemotherapy treatment isn’t working. There’s been a huge outpouring of support for Emily and her family. A stretch of Homan Ave. in the Mount Greenwood neighbor was just named after her. Also,  Emily’s supporters have made a video appeal to pop star Taylor […]

  • Looting in Baltimore on Monday April 27.

    With similar tensions as Baltimore, could riots happen in Chicago?

    CHICAGO — The issues sparking riots on the East Coast are not unique to Baltimore. Incidents in the Chicago area like the LaQuan McDonald case, the young man shot 16 times, and the acquittal of the Chicago police detective who shot and killed Rekia Boyd have similar tensions running high in the community. The fear is another incident could spark the kind of violence we’re seeing in Baltimore. The city’s top cop Gary McCarthy says he’s ready to meet with […]

  • Bolingbrook panel meeting to decide fate of Drew Peterson’s pension

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Bolingbrook officials are holding a hearing Friday to determine if former police sergeant Drew Peterson should lose his annual $79,000 police pension after being convicted of murdering his wife. The five-member Bolingbrook Police Pension Board must find that Peterson used his law enforcement powers or skills in the 2004 killing of Kathleen Savio, his third wife. Peterson’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, told WGN there was no evidence in Peterson’s conviction to indicate an any connection between the crime and […]

  • Cardinal George laid to rest at All Saints cemetery

    CHICAGO —   Cardinal George was a very visible leader in the Chicago archdiocese and often visited area parishes and schools. As a result, man came out to pay their last respects to him on Thursday during his funeral and processional. Holy Name parishioners and other church members took time out to remember his legacy as they attended today’s funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. Others stood outside during the lengthy processional which made a stop at his home parish […]

  • CPS suspends SUPES Academy contract

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has suspended a controversial no-bid contract at the center of a federal investigation. In a surprise announcement the school board reversed course, taking immediate action on the contract with SUPES Academy in Evanston.  The board previously announced the possibility of suspending the $20.5 million no-bid contract if federal investigators found any evidence of wrongdoing. “As of today I am suspending the SUPES contract,” Interim schools CEO Jesse Ruiz said at today’s board meeting. CPS says […]


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