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
  • Local marine home for the holidays

    A 23-year-old Marine from Arlington Heights is home in time for the holidays. Marine Corporal Steven Kwiatkowski back from two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was given a hero’s welcome at his alma mater Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. Kwiatkowski told an audience he was thinking about fellow Marines who didn’t make it home. The military support group, Warrior’s Watch, was also there to honor Kwiatkowski.    

  • Homeless woman reunited with dogs, gets new home after outpouring of support

    A  homeless woman in Arlington Heights who was separated from her dogs is getting her pets back – and a lot more – thanks to the kindness of others. Linda Anderson thought the day would never come. She was finally reunited with her two dogs Teddy the lovable Akita shepherd mix and her little Westy,  Ladybug on Thursday. People came to Anderson’s rescue after seeing video of the homeless woman and her boyfriend, Steve, living in a cold Arlington Heights […]

  • Chicago’s Cuban community reacts to Obama’s historic announcement

    In a surprise and historic move today President Obama announced he is ending the more than 50-year-old embargo of Cuba and re-establishing relations with the island nation. The U.S. will have an embassy in Havana and ease travel restrictions. Cuba also released an American contractor who had been held in prison for five years. The president said it’s time for a change, but critics say this will tighten Castro’s grip on power. The president’s historic move has provoked strong reactions […]

  • U.S. Contractor Alan Gross released in prisoner swap with Cuba

    U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN. President Barack Obama spoke with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday in a phone call that lasted about an hour and reflected the first communication at the presidential level with Cuba since the Cuban revolution, according to White House officials. […]

  • Chicago Pakistani react to school attack by Taliban

    Pakistanis in Chicago say they are shocked, angry and saddened by the news of the school shooting in their homeland. The Pakistan Counsel General in Chicago called its “a despicable and heinous act of terrorism.” “They are not human,” said Chicago resident Rashid Syed. “Whoever did this, they are not human.” Chicago businessman Ali Akbar says he wishes the Pakistani government could do more to stop the Taliban.  

  • Cardinal George honored by Chicago city council

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented Francis Cardinal George with the city’s highest honor today.  The Cardinal, now Chicago’s Archbishop Emeritus, received the Medal of Merit at the City Council meeting. “You are not just a man of the cloth, but also of conviction,” Mayor Emanuel said as the honor was bestowed on Cardinal George.  “And that has earned you the admiration of all of us, regardless of faith, all of us in public service.” The Mayor and others praised Cardinal George’s […]

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    Slain Loyola student remembered at service

    A campus memorial service was held today for the Loyola University student who was shot and killed during a robbery attempt last week. Before the service began the victim’s brother spoke with reporters about his loss. Mokaram Rauf, the victim’s oldest brother, shared his family’s grief over the murder of Mutahir Rauf, 23, who was gunned down Friday night in the 1200 block of West Albion Avenue in an attempted robbery. “A man who wanted to be a doctor, who […]

  • Ex-state Rep. Keith Farnham pleads guilty to child porn charges

    Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of transporting child pornography via computers in his office and residence in Elgin last year. Farnham resigned his seat in the Illinois General Assembly in March of this year, less than a week after federal agents seized computers from his home and office. Farnham, 67, of Elgin, remains on restrictive conditions of bond, including home incarceration with electronic monitoring, while awaiting sentencing, which U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang […]

  • Low-wage workers stage one-day strike for more money

    From New York to California,  fast-food workers around the country are protesting Thursday, demanding a living wage. Here in Chicago workers say the City Council’s vote to increase the minimum wage to $13/hour by 2019 isn’t enough to support their families. They’re demanding a minimum wage of $15/hour now. The protesters include fast food workers, busboys, retail clerks, gas station attendants and maids. Business owners say minimum-wage jobs were never meant to become lifetime careers; and they warn that without […]

  • Many harmful toys still on store shelves

    Consumer advocates say it’s hard to believe: a toy on the shelf in 2014 with unsafe levels of lead, a powerful neuro toxin that can lower IQ and cause behavioral problems. The Illinois Public Interest Research Group says they found many potentially dangerous toys in local stores. Emergency room physicians say parents must be vigilant when it comes to choking hazards, because the threat can already be in your home, in a toy box, shared by siblings of different ages. “They turn […]


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