Julian Crews

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

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    Harvey school board member charged with sexual assault

    HARVEY, Ill. — Longtime city employee and school board member, Tyrone Rogers is scheduled to be in bond court today on sexual assault charges. Rogers is accused of raping the woman in his city hall office last Friday. The woman told authorities she met with Rogers to discuss a city issue and says that’s when Rogers locked his office and sexually assaulted her. Rogers is the director of commuter parking for Harvey. He has been placed on unpaid leave and […]

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    Residents return to building where 3 young sisters, man killed in deadly fire

    CHICAGO — Residents of half of the building on South Essex damaged by a fatal arson fire are returning to their apartments to see if any of their belongings can be salvaged. Other tenants are being kept away, because their units are too badly damaged to reenter. Three young sisters, ages 3-months, 4 and 7-years-old, and a 56-year-old man died when the fire broke out Tuesday morning in the building at 81st and Essex on the city’s Southeast Side. Investigators quickly […]

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    Person of interest released in fire that killed 3 young sisters, man

    CHICAGO — A person who faced Chicago police questioning as part of the investigation into a fire that killed four people is released without charges. No one else is being held at this time. Four people, including three young sisters, died in the blaze at an apartment building near 81st and Essex in the South Chicago neighborhood Tuesday morning. LaToya Terry, who lived in the building, identified the man detectives questioned for the better part of two days and then released. […]

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    ATF agents join local probe into Chicago fire that killed 4

    CHICAGO — Federal agents have joined Chicago police and fire investigators in trying to determine the cause of a suspicious fire that killed four, including three children. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday the youngest victim, 3-month-old Melanie Watson, died of injuries suffered when her father leaped with her from their burning third-floor apartment. Her death was ruled a homicide. Officials say the autopsies of the two other children, ages 7 and 4, are complete but results are […]

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    Person of interest questioned in fatal apartment fire that killed 3 young sisters, man

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are questioning a person of interest as they investigate a deadly fire on the city’s South Side. Four people, including three young sisters, died in the blaze at an apartment building near 81st and Essex in the South Chicago neighborhood. Fire investigators suspect arson. The Chicago Fire Department says it’s getting help from federal agencies, and the ATF will utilize a specially trained dog that can detect accelerants. One resident says a man who lived down the street […]

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    New law requires Illinois colleges and universities to take action against campus sex assaults

    CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan held a press conference today on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, focusing on a new state law requiring institutions of higher education to take action to prevent and respond to sexual violence complaints. The new law, which took effect August 1, aims to ensure that Illinois colleges and universities have a uniform and thorough response plan when it comes to complaints of sexual violence. “We also must understand that our first response […]

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    Defense questions X-rays used to convict former daycare worker of killing toddler

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Today is the second day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether former day care worker Melissa Calusinski’s 2011 conviction for killing a toddler in her care should be overturned and her case retried. Calusinski is serving a 31-year prison term after she was found guilty of slamming Ben Kingan’s head to the floor at a Lincolnshire day care in 2009. The judge in her case granted Calusinski’s request to hear arguments for a new trial after the defense presented […]

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    Accused serial rapist Marc Winner back in court

    CHICAGO — A former West Loop tanning salon owner accused of raping four women returned to court Wednesday for a status hearing. Marc Winner, 45,  is free on $100,000 bond. Prosecutors alleged Winner raped as many as nine women, but five of the attacks happened too long ago to bring charges. Winner owned Soleil Tanning at 1018 W. Madison before it was shut down for operating without a business license. He’s accused of raping employees and customers from the salon. […]

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    ‘My son is inside! My son is inside!’ Family speaks out after carjackers drive off with boy

    CHICAGO — It’s a parent’s nightmare:  Watching armed criminals drive away with your son. That’s the anguish for a Belmont-Cragin couple who were the victims of an early morning carjacking. The attackers eventually dumped the 3-year-old boy, still in his car seat, on a Streeterville sidewalk. The family is reunited, but still on edge. The boy’s father and mother are speaking out about their ordeal. The nightmare started about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Abel Mata and his wife Caty were delivering newspapers […]

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    Boy, 3, found safe after carjacking on Chicago’s North Side

    CHICAGO — A 3-year-old boy is back with his parents after a carjacking early Tuesday morning. The boy’s dad was delivering newspapers just before 5 a.m. in the 4100 block of North Marine Drive, and left his car running with the child inside. He told police he saw a white Nissan pull up behind his running car. A white male in his early 20s got out and jumped into the man’s car and sped away. The toddler was later dropped off at Northwestern Memorial Hospital still in […]