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.


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    Emanuel plan to offer CPS students with good grades free college tuition

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to offer free college classes to any Chicago Public School student who graduates with good grades. The Chicago Star Scholarship guarantees free tuition at any one of Chicago’s seven City Colleges to CPS students who graduate with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and place into college level math and English. It will provide waivers from tuition, fees and books. The mayor says it is designed to reward hard-working students, many of whom struggle to […]

  • Closing arguments expected today in Joliet double murder trial

    Closing arguments have wrapped up the brutal murder trial in Joliet. Joshua Miner is one of four people who were charged in the 2013 murder of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover,  is accused of being the ringleader in a scheme to lure them to a Joliet apartment and rob them. Prosecutors say Miner strangled the two. He has claimed that he ‘lost control’ when one of the men tried to sexually assault one of the other suspects , Bethany McKee. […]

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    Investigation continues at FAA radar center; Unknown when it will reopen

    This FAA radar center remains a crime scene tonight.  Local investigators are continuing to gather evidence as they work to understand the motive behind this morning’s bizarre incident, allegedly set off by a 36-year-old contractor from Naperville. Aurora fire and police encountered an uncooperative suspect in a smoky basement at Aurora’s FAA radar facility around 6 a.m. Friday morning. Investigators believe the suspect deliberately set the fire, possibly using accelerants, before cutting or stabbing himself. The suspect was taken to […]

  • Renewed terror warning in U.S. prompts security concerns in Chicago

    A renewed terror warning in the U.S. is prompting security concerns in Chicago. While acknowledging the city may be a potential target, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stresses local and federal agencies are on the lookout for any terrorist activity. The head of Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security says there is no sign of a specific, credible threat against the urban area. But in Chicago airports and across the region security has been heightened. Former Secret Service special agent Arnette Heintze […]

  • Obama: Syria strikes show ‘this is not America’s fight alone’

    The coalition that attacked ISIS in Syria overnight “makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone,” U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Noting that he had “made clear that America would act as part of a broad coalition,” the President declared at the White House: “That’s exactly what we’ve done.” Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar all participated in the operation, the U.S. military said. Bahrain, Jordan, and the UAE all […]

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    4 charged in shooting death of 9-year-old boy

    Chicago police have charged four people in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Antonio Smith Junior on Chicago’s South Side. Charged with first-degree murder are the suspected gunman, Derrick Allmon, 19, of the 7400 block of South Shore Drive; Jabari Williams, 22,  of the 1900 block of North Sycamore Street in Hanover Park; Paris Denard, 19, of the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue; and Michael Baker, 19, of the 8100 block of South Wentworth Avenue. Smith was shot at least four times in the 1200 […]

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    Four arrested in shooting death of 9-year-old boy

    Chicago police have four suspects in custody for the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old boy on the South Side. Antonio Smith is the youngest victim of gun violence so far this year. He was shot at least four times in the 1200 block of east 71st St. a few blocks from his home on Aug. 20. His body was found in a backyard. Police say three of the suspects are 19-years-old.  One is 22-years-old. They say the man suspected of […]

  • Criminal indictment announced against cop accused of sticking gun in suspect’s mouth

    A criminal indictment against Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans, was formally announced Thursday. He’s accused of sticking a gun in a suspect’s mouth. The 52-year-old stood in court to face a superseding indictment accusing him of aggravated battery and official misconduct in a 2013 incident where Evans allegedly brutalized Ricky Williams. “Commander Evans is entitled to the same level of constitutional guarantees that any other person is,” said Evans’ attorney Linda Morask, who worked as a Cook County State’s Attorney for 25 years. […]

  • Mayor Emanuel to invest $800k for homeless veterans

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising to end homeless for Chicago veterans by the end of next year. The Mayor made that bold pledge during the announcement of a joint effort with federal and local organizations to help homeless vets. The federal government is providing 80 percent of the $5 million needed each year to cover subsidized housing, supportive services, and other forms of assistance for homeless veterans. Mayor Emanuel says the city will invest more than $800,000 and close the gap […]

  • Bulls open new training facility on West Side

    On Friday, the Chicago Bulls officially opened the Advocate Center, the team’s new training facility next door to the United Center. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, team executives John Paxson and Gar Forman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th Ward, were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. The Bulls and Advocate Health Care agreed to a multiyear deal in June that includes the naming rights to the new training center. The Advocate Center features state-of-the-art weight training, a gourmet commercial-grade kitchen, […]

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