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Julian Crews

Julian Crews joined the WGN News team in 1996. He is a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News.

From breaking news to feature reporting, Julian has reported all over Illinois, from Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall. The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers.

Over 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.

Every spring, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln with the popular Cruisin’ Illinois travel series. His Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on

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    Spotted Wow! New Glarus offers old-world charm

    NEW GLARUS, Wis. — From champion yodelers to artisan cheeses, the village of New Glarus will enchant you. About a three-hour drive from Chicago, you’ll feel like you’re in a different world. Settled by Swiss immigrants in the 1800’s, modern-day residents have retained their Swiss culture and customs. From colorful street festivals to the legendary New Glarus Brewing company and the Swiss Center of North, there’s lots of fun in America’s Little Switzerland. Cruise with us to this wonderful Wisconsin […]

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    What the budget means for CPS and teacher pensions

    ] CHICAGO — Word that the state has passed a stopgap budget was welcome relief to Chicago Public Schools. The action means schools will open this Fall. The state will spend an additional $250 million on schools under the plan, and CPS will get about $100 million. WGN’s Julian Crews has more.

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    $10K reward in shooting that wounded 4-year-old

    CHICAGO — There’s now a $10,000 reward to help solve a shooting that wounded a 4-year-old boy. Kavan Collins was shot in his jaw Tuesday in the Woodlawn neighborhood. The boy was walking with his mother and brother at the time. A bullet also hit a 28-year-old woman as she lay in bed. In the midst of all the shootings, it’s a national day of action to stop gun violence. Community leaders, activists and politicians gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza […]

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    Demonstrations call for ‘common sense’ gun laws across the country

    CHICAGO — People took to the streets across the country today to take part in what organizers called a National Day of Action to stop gun violence. Supporters say gun violence constitutes a public health crisis in the U.S. Every day in America, 297 people are shot and 89 people are killed by guns. In Chicago, someone is shot every 2.8 hours. Community leaders, activists and politicians gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to call for what they say are “common sense solutions” to gun violence. Among them […]

  • 26 Jan 1986: Defensive coach Buddy Ryan and defensive end Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears celebrate after the Super Bowl XX game against the New England Patriots at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bears defeated the Patriots 46-10

    Legendary Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan dies at 85

    CHICAGO — Legendary Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died. He was 85. Ryan coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and his twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches. His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause. The always outspoken Ryan was a linebackers coach for the 1968 New York Jets and coordinated the ground-breaking 46 defense for the ’85 Chicago Bears, one of the NFL’s greatest defenses. […]

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    From Supper Clubs to fish boils: Wisconsin’s best eats

    All this Cruisin’ around builds up an appetite! But not to worry, because there’s great eats in Wisconsin. From the state’s legendary Supper Clubs to tasty fish boils in Door County, there’s good eatin’ wherever you go in Dairy Land. So bring your appetite and a sense of adventure. WGN’s Julian Crews is looking for the best eats in Wisconsin.   Travel Wisconsin 800-432-8747 The Trout House at Rushing Waters N301 Co Rd H Palmyra, WI 53156 262-495-2089 Le Chateau Restaurant 410 Cass St La Crosse, WI 608-782-6498 615 Club 615 Broad St Beloit WI 608-364-4615 Sky Club 2202 Post Road Plover, WI 54467 715-341-4000   Hobnob Restaurant Supper Club 277 Sheridan Road Racine, WI 262-552-8008 Angel Museum 656 Pleasant St Beloit, WI 608-362-9099 Freshwater Fish Hall of Fame & Museum 10360 Hall of Fame Drive Hayward, WI 54843 715-634-4440 River Deck Restaurant 1/2 mile east of Hayward on County Highway B at the Lumberjack Village 715-634-5115 Roxy Supper Club […]

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    Police investigate Rogers Park fire as possible hate crime

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking into whether a suspected arson case in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood is also a hate crime. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of arson and one count of burglary for allegedly torching a garage in the 7500 block of North Winchester Tuesday morning. The teen was arrested after neighbors spotted him trying to hide in a yard next to the victims’ home while firefighters were still on the scene. […]

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    City council approves Airbnb, ride share regulations

    CHICAGO — The Wrigley Field Plaza.  Ride-sharing.  Airbnb. Those were among the controversial issues on the agenda at Chicago’s City Council today. As for the Wrigley Field Plaza, Alcohol sales will be cut-off one hour after the end of day games, and right after a night game ends. The council approved rules to address complaints that short-term rental companies like Airbnb are turning residential buildings into virtual hotels and party hotspots. Council members passed the measure Wednesday by a vote of […]

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    Chicago-area leaders call for end to gun violence

    CHICAGO — Religious and local political leaders weighed in Tuesday on the tragedy of gun violence and the inability of Washington to take action. In a written statement, Chicago’s Archbishop urged Catholics and people across the city to demand action from their political leaders.  Archbishop Blase Cupich waded into the politically volatile issue of assault weapons, saying, “We can start by getting these combat weapons off our streets.  Not to act only gives in to the despairing falsehood that there is nothing we can […]

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    Milwaukee Rising: Looking for the city’s most unusual attractions

    MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — We’re Cruisin’ to Wisconsin’s biggest metropolis. Downtown Milwaukee is booming with construction cranes and new attractions.  But when it comes to summertime fun, there’s much more to this vibrant city than beers and brats. Join us as we cruise up the interstate with WGN’s Julian Crews looking for some of Milwaukee’s most interesting  destinations. Planning a trip?  Here’s some links and info that can help: Grohmann Museum 1000 N. Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 277-2300 Gallery Hours: […]