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
  • Off-duty officer stabbed in car, then slams into school bus

    CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago police officer was stabbed while inside a car on the city’s South Side. The incident happened around 8:15 a.m. Friday  in the 7600 block of South Stony Avenue. The off-duty officer, who is a 47-year-old woman, was stabbed in the face, according to police. She was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition. It is unclear if the officer was driving or not, but the attack caused the officer’s car to crash into a school bus. […]

  • All charges dismissed against 15 men in largest exoneration in Cook County

    COOK CO. – On Thursday, the Cook County State’s Attorney dropped all charges against 15 men who said they were framed by former cop Sgt. Ronald Watts and his team of officers. Cook County prosecutors made the request Thursday as 10 of the men stood before Judge Leroy Martin Jr. The 15 men together had 18 convictions. All of them were convicted in 2003 to 2008 for drug crimes. Some of the men are already free, but some are still […]

  • Cook County Commissioners discuss sexual harassment ordinance

    CHICAGO — The Cook County Board of Commissioners is the latest governing body to tackle the issue of sexual harassment in the work place. A proposal by Commissioner Dennis Deer would require county employees to undergo sexual harassment training every year. The proposal would spell out exactly constitutes sexual harassment. Deer introduced the measure at a committee meeting Wednesday morning. Similar plans are being considered for City of Chicago and State of Illinois workers.

  • Without soda tax revenue, Preckwinkle proposes layoffs and budget cuts for 2018

    CHICAGO — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed $200 million in budget cuts to balance the budget after the sweetened beverage tax was eliminated. The cuts would come by laying off mid-level managers, holding off on raises and requiring workers to take unpaid days off. Nearly $50 million would be saved by eliminating 1,000 open jobs. The biggest number of layoffs would affect the offices of Sheriff Tom Dart and Circuit Court Judge Tim Evans. Both Dart and […]

  • Metra board OKs fare hikes, service cuts in 2018

    CHICAGO — Metra’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved its 2018 budget that includes service cuts and fare increases. This is the fourth straight rate increase for Metra. According to the Chicago Tribune, adult and reduced-fare one-way tickets will rise by 25 cents in all zones. Ten-ride tickets will increase between $4.25 and $7.75, depending on the length of the trip. Monthly fares, which are the most common ticket type for Metra riders, will increase between $9 and $12.50, depending […]

  • Man sentenced to 68 years for stabbing, sexually assaulting woman in Willowbrook

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing and sexually assaulting a woman in Willowbrook was sentenced to 68 years in prison. Londale Madison admitted to approaching a woman in the driveway of her home back in 2015 and asking for money. She said no and went inside. Minutes later, Madison knocked on the woman’s door, asked to use the phone, then forced his way inside. He then sexually assaulted her and stabbed her more than a dozen […]

  • Cook County Commissioner wants legalizing pot on March ballot

    CHICAGO — A new proposal is in the works for legalizing recreational marijuana. Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey hopes Cook County voters can vote on the issue on the March ballot. Fritchey says that legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana is long overdue.  A group of community leaders also support Fritchey’s effort. “Illinois residents and others are getting marijuana now only from the criminal market.  Regulation is impossible.  With legalization, you can have packaging, you can know clearly what the […]

  • 1 killed, 2 wounded in Uptown Starbucks shooting

    CHICAGO — The person who opened-fire inside a busy Starbucks in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, killing one person and wounding two others, is still on-the-run. It happened at the coffee chain located near Lawrence and Broadway on Thursday night. The deceased victim is 28 year-old Sauvignon Watkins, of the Chatham neighborhood. A 12 year-old boy is in a hospital in good condition, while a 24 year-old man is listed in serious condition. Police say Watkins and the 24 year-old man […]

  • What’s in the House tax bill for people

    WASHINGTON  — The House Republican tax bill is finally being revealed on Thursday. Details from it offers the first look at how House Republicans want to reshape the tax code. Here’s a rundown of key provisions that would affect individuals: Reduces income tax brackets: There are seven federal income tax brackets in today’s code that are taxed at 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% and 39.6%. The House bill consolidates those into four brackets: 12% (on the first $45,000 of […]

  • Chicago’s rat battle gets more money and muscle

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is adding five new eradication crews and replacing old and cracked garbage carts — all of it in an effort to reduce Chicago’s sizable rat population. Chicago’s rodent population is never a pretty picture, but milder winters and abundant food supplies have added challenges for Streets and Sanitation crews. Chicago’s remarkably adaptable Norway rats are difficult to corral. They have a short 6- to 12-month lifespan, but the females produce up to 7 litters […]