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
  • Suspect in Indiana murders in court Wednesday

    Darren Vann is expected in an Indiana courtroom tomorrow morning. 43-year-old  Vann is linked to seven murders, though he’s only been charged with one killing, that of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy whose body was discovered Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Authorities in Indiana are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two remaining Jane Does of the seven bodies found over the weekend. The Lake County, Ind coroner has released descriptions. The victim was found Oct 19 in […]

  • City, state say Chicago is prepared for Ebola cases

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a meeting to see if the city of Chicago is ready for the Ebola virus. It was held at 11 a.m. Friday at City Hall. “I want to use this time now to make sure that all the ways of evaluating ourselves while working with our federal partners; what happened in Dallas?  What happened in Spain? Is there any take away, any lessons to be learned? Because I want to make sure we have a plan […]

  • Local health care supply company helping hospitals prepare for possible Ebola cases

    A health care supply company in Mundelein is busy playing an important role in helping hospitals and nursing homes prepare for possible Ebola cases. Medline Industries is in overdrive making and selling protective gear for hospitals and nursing homes around the country. It has 42 distribution centers, where employees are working 24/7 when necessary. It’s seen a 40% increase in mask sales, and a 25% jump in sales for other protective apparel. “We’ve absolutely seen an increase in the number […]

  • Mayor Emanuel unveils 2015 budget plan

    Your property taxes won’t go up, but your cable bill will, under Mayor Emanuel’s $8.9 billion budget plan for 2015. The mayor outlined his proposals before a special session of the City Council on Wednesday. In his budget, Emanuel won’t raise property, gas, or sales taxes. But, he will jack up the parking garage tax by two percent to pay for more pothole repairs. He will also increase the cable TV amusement tax to nine percent. The budget plan doesn’t […]

  • Police investigate Megabus crash that injured dozens

    Dozens of passengers are still trying to get to Chicago right now, more than 12 hours after their Megabus flipped over outside of Indianapolis early this morning. At least 26 people were hurt when the bus overturned when the bus driver swerved to avoid another car that had crashed. Police are still investigating the circumstances involved.

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    Ebola-infected nurse Nina Pham says she’s ‘doing well’

    Doctors have performed a blood transfusion on that Dallas nurse infected with the Ebola virus. Nina Pham received the blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantley. Doctors hope antibodies in Dr. Brantley’s blood will help the ailing nurse recover. In a written statement today, Nina Pham thanks people for their kind wishes and prayers and says she is doing well and has faith in her doctors. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, […]

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    John Wilson Jr. sentenced to 160 years in prison for murder of Kelli O’Laughlin

    John Wilson, Jr., was sentenced to 160 years in prison for murdering 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin at her home in Indian Head Park in 2011. He received 100 years for first degree murder, 30 years for armed robbery and 30 years for home invasion. Kelli walked in on Wilson as he burglarized her home. He stabbed her to death. Police tracked Wilson with the signal from Kelli’s stolen cell phone. Kelli’s mother was the last person to testify at Friday’s sentencing hearing, and she asked the […]

  • Hearings underway on Quinn anti-violence program

    Illinois lawmakers are holding a two days of hearings into Governor Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program. The hearings before the bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission were delayed months ago at the request of federal prosecutors looking at the possibility of criminal wrongdoing in the Governor’s troubled anti-crime grant. But the panel chairman say the federal authorities have now given the green light to proceed. Barbara Shaw, former director of the Illinois Violence Protection Authority, was the first witness to testify today. […]

  • Chicago break-in leads to international burglary ring bust

    A local break-in leads to an international robbery ring. Now Chicago police are trying to track down the people who had their valuables stolen. At a news conference Friday, Chicago Police Sgt. Ed Wodnicki described an unbelievable haul of what police say are stolen goods — from furs to power tools to video cameras — recovered in a search warrant executed on a single home on the 3400 block of North Rutherford. It’s an alleged storehouse for what police describe as an organized crew […]

  • JPMorgan: More than 80 million customers hacked

    JPMorgan said Thursday that cybercriminals gathered information on more than 80 million account holders as part of a massive bank hack this summer. A restaurant owner on the North Side who has a personal and business account with Chase is alarmed. “These hackers are on a roll right now. They’ve hit Target, Home Depot, Chase. So, it’s pretty worrisome,” said Fares Zanayed. The revelation follows news back in August that hackers had infiltrated seven of the country’s largest banks, using […]


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