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
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    Family of murder victim claims Gary police put her case ‘on back burner’

    Family members of Teaira Batey are blasting the Gary police department. They say investigators lost a number of opportunities to find the missing woman, before she became the victim of a suspected serial killer, and before he murdered other victims. Batey is believed to be one of Darren Vann’s seven victims discovered in Northwest Indiana earlier this month. Batey’s family viewed her body for the first time today at a funeral home in Gary. She disappeared in January and the […]

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    19 new lawsuits filed against Northwest Indiana hospital, doctors

    More than two dozen new lawsuit have been filed against Munster Medical Research Foundation, Inc. doing business as The Community Hospital and three cardiologists, accusing them of performing unnecessary heart procedures. Malpractice attorneys say this has been going on for more than a decade. Cardiologists named in the lawsuits allegedly implanted unnecessary pacemakers, performed unnecessary open-heart surgeries, angiogram, cardiac defibrillator implants and even a wrongful death case. During a press conference Tuesday in Munster, Indiana, malpractice attorneys told reporters they […]

  • Police to begin screening CTA passengers bags for explosives

    Next time you ride a CTA train,  you could have your bags screened by Chicago Police. It’s part of Chicago’s ongoing efforts to combat terrorism. Starting November 3, police will start screening CTA rail passenger bags for explosives. A special detail of up to six officers will randomly pull aside passengers to swab their bags and run the swab through a machine called a mobile threat detector. The results can be seen in seconds. The police teams will be stationed […]

  • Skokie middle school remains closed after threats posted on Instagram

    A Skokie middle school was closed a second day Thursday due to threats on social media. A letter was sent home to parents the school district and Skokie police are investigating a series of posts on Instagram that have been shared with with some sixth grade students at Oliver McCracken Middle School. Village officials said in a statement that administrators told police Monday of “inappropriate and threatening communication received by students via social media. McCracken school officials are saying very […]

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    CPD Cmdr. Glenn Evans accused of sticking gun in suspect’s mouth back in court

    Lawyers for the Chicago Police Commander who’s charged with brutality are pursuing an “obstruction of justice” case. Glenn Evans is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. In one case, he is accused of sticking his revolver down a suspect’s throat. The suspect’s DNA was supposedly discovered on the barrel of Evans’ gun. Evans’ lawyers on Thursday filed subpoenas that demand emails and other communications between WBEZ radio and Illinois Police Review Authority investigators. The defense team says the confidential, […]

  • Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

    A middle school in north suburban Skokie will be closed again Thursday due to anonymous threats delivered over social media. Administrators with Skokie School District 73 1/2 sent a letter to parents telling them they’re working with Skokie police to investigate a series of Instagram posts that have been shared with some sixth grade students at Oliver McCracken Middle School. Village officials said in a statement that administrators told police Monday of “inappropriate and threatening communication received by students via […]

  • Suspect in Indiana murders in court today

    Darren Vann is expected in an Indiana courtroom this morning. 43-year-old  Vann is linked to seven murders, though he’s only been charged with one killing, that of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy whose body was discovered Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Authorities in Indiana are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two remaining Jane Does of the seven bodies found over the weekend. The Lake County, Ind coroner has released descriptions. The victim was found Oct 19 in […]

  • City, state say Chicago is prepared for Ebola cases

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a meeting to see if the city of Chicago is ready for the Ebola virus. It was held at 11 a.m. Friday at City Hall. “I want to use this time now to make sure that all the ways of evaluating ourselves while working with our federal partners; what happened in Dallas?  What happened in Spain? Is there any take away, any lessons to be learned? Because I want to make sure we have a plan […]

  • Local health care supply company helping hospitals prepare for possible Ebola cases

    A health care supply company in Mundelein is busy playing an important role in helping hospitals and nursing homes prepare for possible Ebola cases. Medline Industries is in overdrive making and selling protective gear for hospitals and nursing homes around the country. It has 42 distribution centers, where employees are working 24/7 when necessary. It’s seen a 40% increase in mask sales, and a 25% jump in sales for other protective apparel. “We’ve absolutely seen an increase in the number […]

  • Mayor Emanuel unveils 2015 budget plan

    Your property taxes won’t go up, but your cable bill will, under Mayor Emanuel’s $8.9 billion budget plan for 2015. The mayor outlined his proposals before a special session of the City Council on Wednesday. In his budget, Emanuel won’t raise property, gas, or sales taxes. But, he will jack up the parking garage tax by two percent to pay for more pothole repairs. He will also increase the cable TV amusement tax to nine percent. The budget plan doesn’t […]


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