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
  • Water Tower park to be renamed for former mayor Jane Byrne

    There’s a new city hall plan to honor former mayor Jane Byrne. Alderman Ed Burke has proposed renaming the park surrounding the Water Tower after the city’s first woman mayor. The plan is endorsed by Byrne’s family. Aldermen lauded Byrne today, citing her efforts in creating the Taste of Chicago, extending the El lines to both airports, and banning handguns in the city.  

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    Armed robbers strike Lincoln Park jewelry store

    Chicago Area North detectives are looking for three individuals, two men and a woman, who managed to pull off a robbery in an extremely congested area of Lincoln Park—no small feat. They managed to get off with an estimated $200,000 worth of rare jewels, and they did this without a lot of people noticing. Chicago detectives have been with the store clerks trying to pull up evidence, trying to pull up fingerprints and looking at surveillance video. Given that police […]

  • Nearly 500 minors from Mexican border in Chicago

    Detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border are so overwhelmed by the recent surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing over to America, officials have run out of places to put them. Sen. Mark Kirk said today that 429 unaccompanied minors are here in Chicago. He says wants background checks done on them. Rep. Luis Gutierrez urges him to “have a heart” in this heated debate. Julian Crews has the latest from the Honduran Consulate in Chicago.  

  • Chicago churches aim to keep kids off streets through service, learning

    Two churches in Chicago are doing what they can to keep kids off the city’s violent streets this summer by having them serve others and boost learning. South Park Baptist Church in Bronzeville employs 42 young people at Pioneer Gardens, the churches’ 8-story senior apartment building on King Drive. “And they go around and help the seniors.  They read to them.  They escort them to different places they need to go,” said Anthony Shell, Jr. of Pioneer Gardens. They also […]

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    Community heroes refuse to bow to senseless street violence

    As the news of Chicago’s deadly Fourth of July weekend makes national headlines anti-violence groups are also in the spotlight. Activists say community-based groups are more important now than ever before – to give young people better choices. “We have to make sure that they are not in the criminal system, we have to make sure that they get a good education and we have to make sure that they get jobs so life does not feel hopeless for them,” […]

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    Judge wants more details on former Mayor Daley health in Park Grill case

    Mayor Daley may have to testify in the city’s lawsuit against the Park Grill Restaurant. City Hall is trying to terminate the long-term deal with the restaurant in Millennium Park, which happened during Daley’s time as mayor. The Emanuel administration claims the agreement cheats taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue. It puts the total at $8 million so far. A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday he doesn’t have enough information about Daley’s health to decide if he should […]

  • Chicagoans, tourists determined to celebrate 4th of July

    The first hurricane of the season could put a damper on many Fourth of July events along the East Coast. But here in Chicago, people are not letting anything ruin their holiday plans. With cooler temperatures making July feel more like May and gas prices that are outrageously high—tourists and Chicagoans alike are just happy to be out and ready for summer. WGN’s Julian Crews spoke to some of those people in the city Thursday.

  • Chicago marks 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

    Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act becoming law. On July 2, 1964,  President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill that outlawed discrimination based on race, religion and gender. The act also required equal access to jobs, public places, voting, and schools. There were several events in Chicago and around the country commemorating the landmark legislation. At the Thompson Center, The Illinois Department of Human Rights unveiled the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit. The Freedom Riders traveled on […]

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    Indiana educator beaten in home invasion

    The school superintendent of Hammond, Indiana is beaten in what police say was a home invasion. A relative found Walter Watkins in his home this morning. He had been beaten with a blunt object and was suffering from serious head injuries. He was taken to the hospital. The robbers stole Watkins car among other items. Police are searching for the suspects.

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    South suburbs soaked by storm; thousands without power

    Chicago’s south suburbs may have been hardest hit by Monday night’s storm. As many as 115,000 electric customers lost power. Matteson police and fire departments were running on generator power. Hundreds of businesses in the area were in the dark. Seven-hundred Comed repair crews are working to restore power,  but officials say it will take at least a few days to get all the power back.