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
  • No bond for 56-year-old man charged in River North fatal stabbing of software CEO

    CHICAGO — Bond has been denied for a man charged in a deadly stabbing in the city’s River North neighborhood. Gino Bassett, Sr., 56, is charged with first degree murder and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. Bassett is accused of attacking 55-year-old Mike Beedle of Park Ridge in an alley in the 400 block of North State Street last month. Beedle was stabbed in the back and died. He leaves behind a wife and […]

  • Father, adult daughter killed in Austin fire; 2 others injured

    CHICAGO — A father and his adult daughter were killed, and two others were injured, in a fire in the Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. The fire happened around 10 a.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of West Race. Relatives told WGN Peggy Davis, 61, was pulled from the fire but died of her injures at the hospital. Her father,  Isaac Davis, 86, who was confined to a wheelchair, also died from injuries. Officials say two of their relatives — an 88-year-old […]

  • Loyola non-tenured faculty on strike over stalled contract talks

    CHICAGO — Non-tenured faculty at Loyola University went on strike Wednesday over a contract impasse that’s now stretched into two years. Picketers marched and rallied at noon outside the Mundelein Center at Kenmore Avenue and Sheridan Road. Loyola employs about 360 part-time professors, who make up 12 percent of the school’s faculty. They said they want a contract that includes better job security. School officials argue they’ve offered concessions that include raises of as much as 35 percent. There is […]

  • Police seek 2 suspects in series of robberies

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for suspects after at least two people were robbed in the Loop and South Loop last week. The attacks happened about 7:15 p.m. March 29 in the 400 block of South LaSalle Street and 6:30 a.m. March 31 in the 400 block of West Harrison Street, according to the Chicago Police Department. In each incident, two robbers grabbed or punched victims and pushed them to the ground before running away and fleeing on CTA trains. […]

  • Man dead, 2 officers injured in Aurora shootout

    AURORA, Ill. — Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout in Aurora. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday near Galena Boulevard and Lasalle Street. The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators followed a vehicle they’d spotted leaving a suspected gang house and pulled it over. Police say the driver fired at them and sped off before crashing and running away. Police say the man and the investigators fired shots and […]

  • Elgin authorities release video of I-90 police shooting that killed local woman

    ***WARNING:  Video contains graphic content ***  ELGIN, Ill. —  Elgin police released nearly 30 hours of video Thursday amid outcries from the community after a police officer shot and killed a 34-year-old African American woman in her car earlier this month. The combination of police edited video and raw video from the show the final moments of Decynthia Clements’ life.  It was taken from more than 30 hours of footage from multiple cameras, Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said. Elgin […]

  • Casten wins Democratic primary for 6th Congressional District, will face Roskam in November

    CHICAGO — There’s finally a winner for the Democratic primary race in the 6th Congressional District. Downers Grove businessman Sean Casten narrowly beat Barrington Hills Zoning Board member Kelly Mazeski. The race had been too close to call until Wednesday morning. With all precincts reporting, Casten won 30 percent of the vote and Mazeski won 26 percent. Seven candidates total were in the running. Casten will now take on incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. He was unopposed in the […]

  • Incumbent Toni Preckwinkle wins Cook County Board President primary

    CHICAGO — Despite suffering a defeat with the unpopular sweetened beverage tax, Toni Preckwinkle has won the Illinois primary for Cook County Board President. Former Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti hoped to capitalize on the soda tax revolt, but his efforts apparently fell short. Securing this victory means Preckwinkle will serve another four years in office This is a developing story. Check back for details.

  • Designers of collapsed Miami bridge working on major project in East Chicago

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The designers of the collapsed pedestrian bridge in Miami are also working on a major bridge project in East Chicago, Indiana. The FIGG Bridge Group is building the new Cline Avenue Bridge, which will replace one that was condemned and closed in 2009. It will serve as a link from the Indiana Toll Road near the state line to the Gary Airport. Unlike the bridge in South Florida, this one is designed for heavy truck and […]

  • 2 children of a slain woman found safe; Father considered person of interest

    MARKHAM, Ill. — Two young children who were the subject of an Amber Alert late Wednesday have been found safe, police said Thursday. The kids’ mother, 27-year-old Lakisha Roby, was shot to death. Their father, Lynn Washington, is considered a “person of interest” in the case, according to Markham Police Chief Mack Sanders. Washington was still missing as of Thursday evening. Police said the children were found Thursday at their paternal grandmother’s home. Sanders said the children appeared to be okay. Roby was […]