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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    Family: Baby shot in head, expected to be ok

    CHICAGO – A 1-year-old girl was hospitalized after she was shot in the head on Chicago’s West Side this afternoon. Police say the girl was inside a car in the 5400 block of W Le Moyne in  the city’s North Austin neighborhood when someone in a passing vehicle fired shots. The child was struck in the head and taken to the hospital by family members who were also inside the car at the time. Police say the girl was in […]

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    Cook County sheriff releases excessive force videos

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has decided to release videos documenting cases of excessive force against jail inmates. “The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse,” said Sheriff Dart. The videos correspond to six individual cases, involving 14 officers. Five officers were fired, one resigned, and the other eight were suspended without pay ranging from 45 to 180 days, according to The Sun-Times. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says […]

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    Protesters call from higher wages, target McDonald’s

    CHICAGO — Across the city Thursday, protesters called for pay of $15 an hour and a union as part of an ongoing push targeting the McDonald’s Chicago’s rally started around 6:15 a.m. today at the McDonald’s located at 2425 E. 79th Street on the city’s South Side. At one of the busiest intersections on the far north side, protesters sat down in the middle of Sheridan and Hollywood  and shut down traffic on Lake Shore Drive for a time. Among the crowd were fast food […]

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    Interim Supt. Eddie Johnson shares vision for future of CPD

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson laid out his vision Friday for the Chicago Police Department. Johnson, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, attended the graduation of 74 police recruits and 32 field training officers in a ceremony at Navy Pier. Johnson said the department is using its resources to identify and hold accountable more than 1,000 individuals who are primarily responsible for the violent crime in some of Chicago’s communities. “As we welcome the newest members of our Department, I […]

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    Cubs fans to face tougher security at Wrigley this season

    CHICAGO — Cub fans will encounter tougher security measures when they head to Wrigley Field this season. The Chicago Police Dept. and the Office of Emergency Management say enhanced security measures will be in place, including undercover officers and the use of bomb-sniffing dogs. The ballpark will open two and half hours before game times this season to allow fans enough time to get through metal detectors and other security enhancements. Fans will be allowed to bring in bags, backpacks […]

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    Limo company involved in fatal I-90 crash shut down, sued

    ELGIN, Ill. — Federal authorities have shut down a limousine company whose driver was involved in a deadly crash in Elgin. A limo owned by Lyons Limousine of Wisconsin flipped over on the Jane Addams Tollway, killing a woman and injuring six others in March. The 20-year-old limo driver told police he was blinded by the sun and hit a construction barrier. An investigation found the driver was underage and had a poor driving record with multiple violations. Two of the […]

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    Wisconsin voters head to the polls in hotly contested primary

    Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are aiming to inflict a rough night on their party front-runners in the Wisconsin primary. Cruz hopes to haul in all or most of the 42 Republican delegates at stake Tuesday in a victory that would further complicate Donald Trump’s path to the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the GOP convention. Sanders, meanwhile, is hoping to pull off his sixth win of the last seven state contests to undercut Hillary Clinton’s claim […]

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    Chicago State University rallies for CPS teachers

    CHICAGO — State universities across Illinois joined in the Chicago Public Schools Teachers’ “Day of Action” Friday. Like CPS, Illinois colleges are also being hit hard by the state’s funding crisis. Chicago State University held a rally and teach-in. Chicago State is cutting its school year short because the school is running out of money. Other rallies and teach-ins took place at Northeastern Illinois University, UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago.

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    Police union’s hire of officer charged in murder of Laquan McDonald sparks outrage

    CHICAGO – The Chicago police union’s hiring of the officer charged with the teen’s murder has sparked outrage. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President, Dean Angelo, reportedly hired Jason Van Dyke three weeks ago to perform odd jobs at the Union Hall for $12. Angelo said it is difficult for Van Dyke to find any other job and the union would do the same for any Chicago officer. The union released a statement Thursday afternoon: Weeks ago, the FOP reached […]


    Waukegan HS principal back at work after wounded while serving in Afghanistan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The principal of Waukegan High School is settling back into his job after being wounded in Afghanistan during his fifth tour of duty with the Navy reserves. In August 2015, Brian Riegler, now 48, suffered a severe concussion and other injuries after a car bomb exploded outside his installation in Kabul. His recovery delayed his return home, which was originally scheduled for fall 2015. “Quite honestly I don’t remember all that much about it,” Rielger said of […]


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