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
  • Jane Byrne Flyover Project to begin Tuesday

    CHICAGO –Brace yourself for major construction on the Jane Byrne interchange, especially drivers who use the Eisenhower and the Dan Ryan Expressways. The Jane Byrne Flyover project will begin Tuesday night, March 10. The entire project will require several lane and ramp closures until it is finished in Summer 2016. Starting Tuesday night, the following closures and detours will go into effect: The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress Parkway will be closed. A detour route will […]

  • Pedestrian struck and killed on West Side

    CHICAGO — A crash involving several cars on Chicago’s West Side leaves one person dead Thursday. According to witnesses, a Cadillac spun out of control on Pulaski near Gladys St and struck a pedestrian before hitting some parked cars. Chicago Fire Dept says three people were inside the car that lost control. They were rushed to Cook County hospital in serious condition. The pedestrian was taken to Mt. Sinai and later pronounced dead. Police are investigating.

  • Former officer Darren Wilson won’t be charged in Ferguson case: Justice Department

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it won’t prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson’s testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot. The decision in the August 9 shooting had been expected, in part because of the high […]

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    Netanyahu warns about Iran, thanks US and Obama for aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thanking the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warning of the threat that Iran poses to Israel’s survival. Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his controversial speech to Congress. He said he regretted that it was being perceived as political. Netanyahu, who received a warm welcome upon his arrival in the U.S. House, said he appreciated the American aid, including military assistance to build the Iron Dome missile defense system. […]

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    Bond set at $175K for Arlington Heights priest charged with child pornography

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A Cook County judge set bail at $175,000 for a Catholic priest who is facing child pornography charges. Rev. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, 34, appeared for a bond hearing today at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. He is charged with reproduction of child pornography and felony possession of child pornography. He is an associate pastor at the Mission San Juan Diego Catholic church in Arlington Heights. The charges were filed against Rev. Vilchez-Parra following an investigation by the […]

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    Election Day in Chicago: Speeches, photos, social media reaction

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in a runoff in April. Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and perennial candidate William “Dock” Walls all conceded Tuesday night. Check out speeches from the candidates and highlights from Election Day below:

  • Chicago voters head to the polls on Election Day

    CHICAGO –Chicagoans are going to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, aldermen and other city races. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping to avoid a runoff re-election bid as voters head to the polls. Tuesday’s contest decides whether the former White House chief of staff will get a second term right away or have to face a challenger in an April contest. Emanuel needs 50 percent plus 1 vote to avoid a runoff. Four challengers hope to deny him […]

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    Mayoral candidates last push before election

    CHICAGO – The last weekend before the mayoral election on Tuesday has the candidates making a final push for votes. Today, WGN’S Julian Crews reports on comments from Mayor Rahm Emanul, Alderman Bob Fioretti and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. If you plan to cast your ballot early, you have until Saturday at 5 p.m. when the early polling places close.    

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    Arctic blast hits Chicago hard

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s record breaking cold snap had the city spending more than 12 hours in the subzero temperatures which dropped down to 8 below at O’Hare this morning- beating a record set in 1936. Add in the bitter wind chills and it felt like 30 below. The Cook County medical examiner’s office says the weather has contributed to at least 20 deaths across Cook County. The cold closed most schools today- putting working parents in a pinch. Some dropped […]

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    Polar explorer from Evanston loves the deep freeze

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Believe it or not, there are some people who actually enjoy being out in the extreme cold. John Huston of Evanston is a professional polar explorer. He’s tells WGN’s Julian Crews the keys to coping with the cold are good, protective clothing and a positive attitude. “Complaining makes everything more difficult than it needs to be,” said Huston, who is also a motivational speaker. Huston knows a thing or two about dealing with the elements;  he has […]


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