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
  • Gov. Rauner visits tornado victims in Fairdale, Illinois

    FAIRDALE, Ill. — For the second time in about a week, Gov. Bruce Rauner is visiting the tornado victims in Fairdale on Friday. He’s helping the Red Cross hand out food to the victims. He’s also meeting with impacted families. He’s calling on the public to continue to donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  

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    Milwaukee man wanted in killings after toddler fatally run over kills himself in Chicago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — It began with a traffic accident in Milwaukee that killed a 2-year-old boy. But now, three others are dead — including the boy’s uncle, who police say shot and killed the driver at the scene of the accident. The accident happened Sunday evening, when police say Archie Brown was driving his van in Milwaukee. They say 2-year-old Damani Terry dashed out into the road in front of Brown, and was hit and killed. Brown jumped from his […]

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    ‘Young Hearts for Life’ screens teens for hidden heart problems

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Health experts are teaming up with school officials in Park Ridge to screen high school students for possible cardiac problems. “Young Hearts for Life” is a program aimed at reducing heart-related deaths among teens and young adults. Doctors say a simple and painless procedure known as ECG, short for electrocardiogram, can detect close to 60 percent of most heart defects and other problems that can sometimes lead to sudden death. Dr. Joseph Marek of Advocate Medical […]

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    Chicago council approves $5M settlement in police shooting

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5 million settlement in the death of a teenager who was shot by a police officer 16 times last October. The council approved the amount for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s family without discussion or dissent during its Wednesday meeting. McDonald was fatally shot as police said he wielded a knife. The settlement comes after federal authorities confirmed the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting. Aldermen voted without seeing […]

  • Police torture reparations introduced at Chicago council

    CHICAGO (AP) — A measure has been introduced in the Chicago City Council that would provide a $5.5 million reparations fund and a city apology to victims of police torture under former commander Jon Burge. The proposal now goes to the council’s Finance Committee after Wednesday’s council meeting. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen announced the package Tuesday, saying they hoped it would help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. The proposal is widely expected to […]

  • Mayor announces Burge torture reparations package

    CHICAGO — It has taken decades of litigation and heartache, but the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the establishment of a $5.5 million fund to offer free counseling and other benefits for torture victims. Lawyers representing torture victims say more than 110 men, all of them African American, were brutally questioned and tortured by then-Police Commander John Burge and detectives under his command from 1972 to 1991. Victims described the use of electric shock and other […]

  • Rochelle family’s story of survival after tornado destroys town

    ROCHELLE, Ill. — Despite the damage caused by the tornadoes, there are many stories of survival emerging. WGN’s Julian Crews has one family’s story from Rochelle, Illinois. Watch the video in the player above and below.

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    New lawsuits filed against disgraced priest Daniel McCormack

    CHICAGO — Two new lawsuits are filed on Thursday against disgraced, former priest Daniel McCormack and the Chicago Archdiocese. Two people claim he sexually assaulted them at St. Agatha’s on the West Side. The lawsuit claims the Archdiocese ignored obvious warning signs. The lawsuit claims McCormack targeted vulnerable kids through basketball and after-school programs. One of the alleged victims says he was abused between 2001 and 2006 starting at the age of seven. The second alleged victim says he was […]

  • Girl found in Prospect Heights forest preserve identified

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — A 3-year-old girl found wandering alone near a Cook cCunty forest preserve is safe with family tonight and authorities are investigating the girl’s father. Three good Samaritans found the girl crying near the intersection of Milwaukee and Palatine roads yesterday evening. The girl knew her first name, but not much else. Once her picture was released relatives came forward. Police are not talking to the girl’s father to find out how she was left all alone.

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    Aurora cousins plead not guilty in terror charges

    AURORA, Ill. — Two cousins from Aurora pleaded not guilty to charges connected with a terrorist plot to attack the Joliet Armory. Prosecutors say Hasan Edmonds planned to travel to the Mideast to join ISIS, while his cousin Jonas Edmonds would stay behind in order to wear Hasan’s uniform to gain access to the armory and kill as many people as he could.  Hasan is an Illinois National guardsman. Both men were arrested late last month.   Hasan was taken into […]

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