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 wgntv.com.

Recent Articles
  • Officer wounded in shooting last year leaves rehabilitation hospital in emotional ceremony

    WHEATON, Ill. — A south suburban police officer who was shot in the head during a gun battle was released Friday from a rehabilitation hospital. Park Forest police officer Tim Jones left Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in a wheelchair to the applause of hospital staff, family, and fellow police officers. Jones was responding to a burglary call in March 2016 when he was shot three times. Jones had been with the department less than a year when he was wounded. He […]

  • Tollway board OKs $25M study for Route 53 extension plan

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. –The Illinois Tollway board has approved spending $25 million on an environmental impact study for the controversial, decades-long proposal to extended Illinois Route 53 into Lake County. The proposal calls for a 12-mile extension of Illinois Route 53 from Long Grove to Grayslake, and another 12 miles on an Illinois Route 120 bypass the connects to the Tri-State Tollway. Several business, labor organizations, elected officials and municipalities spoke out in favor of the 24-mile project and the jobs […]

  • University of Chicago Medicine receives $100M donation for healthcare research

    CHICAGO — A Chicago-area family is giving University of Chicago Medicine its biggest ever donation – $100 million to establish an institute devoted to improving health and preventing disease by optimizing the body’s own defenses. The gift announced Wednesday will create The Duchossois Family Institute. The donation comes from investment business The Duchossois Group Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and The Duchossois Family Foundation. The institute will support research and interventions based on how the human […]

  • Coyote pups found dead in container in forest preserve

    BARRINGTON, Ill. — Authorities are trying to find out who killed half a dozen coyote pups, leaving just one from the litter alive but badly injured. Cook County Forest Preserve police discovered six coyote pups in a bag in a container in a forest preserve in Barrington. The bucket was found May 11 near Penny Road Pond, part of the larger Spring Creek Valley Forest preserve. One of the pups, just weeks old, somehow survived the ordeal. The animal is now […]

  • Man charged in quadruple homicide at South Shore restaurant

    CHICAGO — Authorities say a 19-year-old man charged in the fatal shootings of four men at or near a Chicago restaurant did it to avenge his father’s death. Maurice Harris is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the March 30 slayings. Two victims were found dead inside the restaurant, a third was found unresponsive outside and a fourth was found unresponsive a block away. They included two brothers whose mother worked at the restaurant. The restaurant […]

  • Baby born with 4 legs, 2 spines survives complex surgery at Chicago-area hospital

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge announced the success of a life changing operation for a 10-month-old African girl. Baby Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast with 4 legs and 2 spines. The extra body parts were from an undeveloped twin, and protruded from Dominque’s neck and back. The risky and complicated surgery took place last week. Dominique met the media this morning at the hospital, flanked by many of the surgeons and nurses […]

  • UIC joins med students across the country for Match Day

    CHICAGO–Friday is Match Day for medical students across the U.S. It’s the day students find out where they will be doing their residencies. In Chicago, 172 UIC students gathered at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Friday morning to open their match letters. Student Valeria Valbuena, an aspiring surgeon, was excited to learn she is matched up with her first choice: The University of Michigan.

  • Evanston ready for Northwestern basketball’s 1st NCAA tournament

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball team is about to find out what March Madness is like. The team is on the verge of its first ever game in the NCAA championship tournament. Eighth-seeded Northwestern takes on ninth-seeded Vanderbilt Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The winner will face the winner of top-seeded Gonzaga and 16 seed South Dakota State on Saturday. Win or lose, Evanston is celebrating Northwestern’s invitation to the Big Dance for the first time […]

  • Immigration activist given more time to fight deportation

    CHICAGO — Federal officials in Chicago have extended the probation of immigration activist Elvira Arellano, giving her more time to fight her third deportation to Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities agreed to extend the probation for one year. Arellano has been trying to win political asylum from the U.S. since 2006 when she sought sanctuary at a church in Humboldt Park. Arellano argues her life would be in danger in Mexico where she has spoken out against human traffickers […]

  • Chicagoland digs out as snow drought comes to an end

    CHICAGO – A late winter blast of snow had Chicago area residents dusting off their shovels Monday. The snow snarled the morning commute for many but the area’s snow drought has ended.   The 83-day period from December 19th through March 11th produced a paltry 0.7” of snow in Chicago.  Then the drought came to an end in just three days, with 11 times that amount: 7.7” falling at O’Hare Airport and 9.3” at Midway Airport. The tallies are more […]