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 wgntv.com.

Recent Articles
  • Gov. Rauner declares state disaster proclamation for 3 counties

    GURNEE, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation on Friday for Lake, McHenry and Kane counties due to flooding. According to a press release, Rauner’s disaster proclamation comes as the state has already coordinated the delivery of 350,000 sandbags as requested by Lake County and is sending another 250,000 sandbags and plastic to an Illinois Department of Transportation yard in northern Illinois. Earlier in the day, the governor toured flooded areas in Gurnee — where the worst […]

  • Charm, history and fun await in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS — Cruisin’ Indiana is headed to the Hoosier state’s biggest metropolis.  Great restaurants, museums and auto racing are all part of the fun in Indianapolis. Visitors are enchanted by the relaxed, urban lifestyle of Indianapolis. You can ride a gondola on the glimmering canal where passengers enjoy a command performance from Old World Gondolier rides. It’s $25 a person plus tip. It’s part of the charm on Indy’s gorgeous canal walk. But the canal is much more than just […]

  • Lake County officials declare state of emergency due to severe flooding

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — Officials in Lake County have declared a state of emergency due to significant flooding. Severe storms hit the Chicago area in the overnight hours Wednesday, causing major flooding and high-standing waters. A proclamation declaring that severe flooding had created disaster in Lake County was signed Wednesday. It was sent to Governor Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. People along the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers are keeping busy, trying to keep the water out. It’ll […]

  • Homeowners battle flood waters in Lake County, cleanup begins

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — In far North Suburban Grayslake the mayor called this a “100 year flood” event. Standing water also hit the Bull Creek neighborhood of Libertyville near Routes 45 and 137. Rainfall totals range from 3-to5 inches of rain since midnight. Chicago usually sees only 3 1/2 inches of rain during the entire month of July. Lake County residents also are dealing with water in their basements. Several rounds of rain today have caused many basements to flood, […]

  • 2 officers honored for surviving gunshots during drug bust

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were honored Tuesday for stopping a drug deal and surviving gunshots during the bust. The Chicago Police Memorial Fund named Martin Hernandez and Joel Lopez Officers of the Month. Police said Lopez and Hernandez tried to stop a drug deal in the 4600 block of Maypole in May when Hernandez was shot. The shot was allegedly fired by Deangela Eaton who was out on bond. Police said she fled from the drug deal and […]

  • ‘Matches Made in Heaven’ 8-person kidney swap donors, recipients have emotional first meeting

    CHICAGO — Tears, hugs and warmth radiated from the third floor of the Northwestern Hospital Feinberg Pavilion on Friday as eight strangers came face to face with those that saved their lives. A remarkable surgical endeavor culminated in an emotionally charged moment. Four individuals needed kidney transplants and each of their own family members wanted to donate their kidneys to them. But these family members were not matches for their counterparts. Through Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Kidney Transplantation Program, the four […]

  • The wonder, peace and ‘harmony’ in Southwest Indiana

    Cruisin’ Indiana is headed to an unusual village on the southwest tip of the state. For more than 200 years, people have been drawn to the peaceful charm of New Harmony. There’s an undeniable sense of tranquility in historic New Harmony.  It is surrounded by beauty and the search for higher meaning. This fertile village on the banks of the Wabash River was once the outermost edge of the Indiana frontier where settlers tried to form the perfect society. “Think […]

  • CPD rolls out new, improved squad cars

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department put its first batch of the latest generation patrol cars on the streets Thursday. Forty Ford Explorers and Interceptors rolled out of the fleet facility at 51st and Wentworth. The cars are equipped with new mobile computers that connect officers to crime cameras, real time mapping and data bases. The cars feature a new style of lights to enhance police presence in neighborhoods. The department is getting a total of 500 new vehicles by […]

  • Trump tweets he’s sending federal agents to Chicago to battle gun violence

    CHICAGO – The Trump administration has sent federal help to Chicago to help it fight street violence and drug trafficking. Washington has assigned 20 additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to Chicago. The new agents will team up with the state police and local detectives to cerate what will be called the “Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force.” The team will pay special attention to rounding up repeat offenders. The President tweeted Friday morning saying, “Crime and […]

  • Eatin’ – and drinkin’ – good in Indianapolis

    We’re cruisin’ the race capitol of the world –  Indianapolis. But there’s more than just fast cars in the Hoosier capitol. National restaurant guide Zagat calls Indy one of the hottest food cities in America. So bring your appetite! From St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis to colorful watering holes like Thunderbird serving the tenderest fried chicken anywhere, you’ll take a hankering to the sizzlin’ restaurant scene in the capitol city where food reap the bounty of the Indiana heartland. […]