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
  • 4 men charged in 9 year old shooting death

    4 charged in shooting death of 9-year-old boy

    Chicago police have charged four people in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Antonio Smith Junior on Chicago’s South Side. Charged with first-degree murder are the suspected gunman, Derrick Allmon, 19, of the 7400 block of South Shore Drive; Jabari Williams, 22,  of the 1900 block of North Sycamore Street in Hanover Park; Paris Denard, 19, of the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue; and Michael Baker, 19, of the 8100 block of South Wentworth Avenue. Smith was shot at least four times in the 1200 […]

  • 9-year-old Antonio Smith

    Four arrested in shooting death of 9-year-old boy

    Chicago police have four suspects in custody for the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old boy on the South Side. Antonio Smith is the youngest victim of gun violence so far this year. He was shot at least four times in the 1200 block of east 71st St. a few blocks from his home on Aug. 20. His body was found in a backyard. Police say three of the suspects are 19-years-old.  One is 22-years-old. They say the man suspected of […]

  • Criminal indictment announced against cop accused of sticking gun in suspect’s mouth

    A criminal indictment against Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans, was formally announced Thursday. He’s accused of sticking a gun in a suspect’s mouth. The 52-year-old stood in court to face a superseding indictment accusing him of aggravated battery and official misconduct in a 2013 incident where Evans allegedly brutalized Ricky Williams. “Commander Evans is entitled to the same level of constitutional guarantees that any other person is,” said Evans’ attorney Linda Morask, who worked as a Cook County State’s Attorney for 25 years. […]

  • Mayor Emanuel to invest $800k for homeless veterans

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising to end homeless for Chicago veterans by the end of next year. The Mayor made that bold pledge during the announcement of a joint effort with federal and local organizations to help homeless vets. The federal government is providing 80 percent of the $5 million needed each year to cover subsidized housing, supportive services, and other forms of assistance for homeless veterans. Mayor Emanuel says the city will invest more than $800,000 and close the gap […]

  • Bulls open new training facility on West Side

    On Friday, the Chicago Bulls officially opened the Advocate Center, the team’s new training facility next door to the United Center. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, team executives John Paxson and Gar Forman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th Ward, were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. The Bulls and Advocate Health Care agreed to a multiyear deal in June that includes the naming rights to the new training center. The Advocate Center features state-of-the-art weight training, a gourmet commercial-grade kitchen, […]

  • CPS, Public Health Dept. offer tips to avoid EV-D68 virus

    As a respiratory virus continues to send hundreds of children to hospitals across the Midwest, health officials from the city of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools have some advice to help students stay healthy. Public health experts are putting out the warning about the EV-D68 virus.  There are 11 confirmed cases in Chicago. CPS Chief Health Officer Dr. Stephanie Whyte had a simple message for parents and public school students: If children are experiencing symptoms such as fever, runny […]

  • Concerns raised over former Back of the Yards priest

    The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is calling Francis Cardinal George to address concerns about a priest who used to serve in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Father Bruce Wellems is a widely admired Claretian missionary priest. SNAP obtained documents detailing his abrupt resignation from a California mission. In a written press release, Claretian spokespeople acknowledge the decision pointing to inappropriate conduct with a fellow minor when Bellems himself was a youth. The Chicago Archdiocese says Cardinal […]

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    Fundraiser set for family of Grayslake woman losing battle with cancer

    You may remember a year ago our own Julian Crews shaved his head to help build awareness for a community fundraising effort in north suburban Grayslake, IL. But despite valiant efforts and alternative treatments, sadly the mother of three, Yvonne Block is rapidly succumbing to the ravages of cancer. As Yvonne’s husband and children provide in-home hospice care for her, friends and community members are rallying around this grieving Grayslake family. A  fundraiser has been set for September 20 from […]

  • Body of slain Merrillville officer escorted to medical examiner

    The body of a slain Merrillville police officer was taken from Oak Lawn to the Cook County medical examiner’s office today via a procession. 24-year-old Nickolaus Schultz died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being shot in the head on Saturday. Schultz was answering a call at a condo complex where residents complained about an evicted tenant trying to move back in. The man shot Schultz in the head then took his own life. A fund to help […]

  • Three KFC employees shot during robbery

    Aurora police obtain video of a shooting and armed robbery at a KFC restaurant, and are questioning three people. Three KFC employees were shot. One of them was hit in the leg, and the other two were wounded in the torso and are in critical condition. “The incident is on video. And anytime you have video, that’s greatly going to assist in the investigation,” said Dan Ferrelli, City of Aurora spokesperson. It happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant […]


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