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
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    Chicagoans enjoy unseasonably warm February temperatures

    CHICAGO — The Chicago area has gone 60 plus days without a single snowflake hitting the ground and the mild February temps we’ve been seeing lately could actually spawn record-breaking warmth this weekend. Chicago residents are starting their weekend early if they can.  Golfers are out at the lakefront getting in some February rounds. At Lincoln Park Zoo, the animals are out, warming themselves on the rocks. Polar Plungers in Evanston also celebrated the warmth. Curator Dave Bernier say the […]

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    Thousands rally in the Loop as businesses close for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Thousands of protesters flooded the Loop late Thursday afternoon in the culmination of a pro-immigrant march and rally that began in the morning at Union Park on Ashland and Washington. Businesses in Chicago and across the country shut down for the day in observance of “A Day Without Immigrants.” The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in […]

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    Man, 19, charged in fatal shooting of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes

    CHICAGO — A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes. According to police and prosecutors, Jones was walking down the street Saturday night when he saw three gang rivals selling pot in Black Disciples territory and started shooting from across King Drive, the Chicago Tribune reports. He missed his target and a bullet hit Takiya in the head while she was sitting in her mother’s parked car at 65th and King Drive. Her younger brother, mother […]

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    Appellate court takes up ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate’s case

    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago heard arguments today in the case of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard. A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction in August. He ruled that investigators took […]

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    Sting operation nets several arrests, high-powered weapons seizure

    CHICAGO — Chicago police announced arrests in a major undercover sting operation Friday. The sting targeted a heroin and fentanyl operation by known gang members and extended back to last year. Police also seized high-powered weapons in three of Chicago’s crime-riddled neighborhoods; West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Brighton Park.

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    4 charged in Facebook Live beating plead not guilty in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Four people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on Friday. They have been in custody since early January. At their first hearing, a judge called them a danger to society and refused to allow them to post bail. The case gained international attention because the attack […]

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    CTA bus drivers say portable toilets are ‘degrading’ and ‘unsafe’

    CHICAGO — Union leaders are accusing the Chicago Transit Authority of disrespecting hard-working drivers by providing unclean and unsafe bathrooms, saying on some of the routes the only option for drivers is an unheated port-a-let. “Many of these portable bathrooms are unsanitary and the majority are in unsafe neighborhoods,” said union leader Tommy Sams. Union officials say the port-a-lets are often placed on street corners where they’re vulnerable to oncoming traffic or even criminals, and some drivers suffer negative health effects from […]

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    Family of teen killed by man she met on Backpage.com fights back

    A man accused of killing a teenage girl he met on a controversial website appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Anthony Rosales, 32, is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 16-year-old Desiree Robinson last year. The teen’s body was found in a garage in south suburban Markham on Christmas Eve. Rosales met Robinson through the website Backpage.com. Robinson’s family has hired an attorney and plans to file a civil claim against the website, sighting gross negligence.  

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    Multi-faith rally held at Bridgeview as sign of support

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill — The Chicago area’s Muslim- American community hopes to send a message to the White House. They held a unity rally at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. People of all religious faiths circled the mosque with signs of support for Chicago’s Muslim- American community. The mosque says the show of support means a lot. At the height of the rally, more than 1,000 people encircled the mosque.  

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    Chicago study on ISIS recruitment in the United States

    CHICAGO — A study by the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) found that ISIS is mobilizing sympathizers in the United States at rates much higher than any other terrorist group. The study was unveiled in Chicago on Friday morning. The authors say this is the first comprehensive analysis of ISIS-related cases to examine the profiles of inductees overall, as well as to identify characteristics associated with each of the offense types.