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
  • Activist Andrew Holmes pushes law enforcement to solve 2 infant deaths

    CHICAGO — Anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes is urging Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to do more to solve the cases of two infant deaths from 2017. In June of that year,  the decomposed body of a newborn was found inside a plastic bag in a shed in south suburban Dolton. A month later,  a toddler was was found dead in Markham. The girl was 1 to 2 years old and was wearing pajamas when firefighters discovered her body while […]

  • Schaumburg man charged in sex assault at forest preserve

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — A man from Schaumburg is charged with dragging a woman into the woods at a popular suburban trail and sexually assaulting her. Police said Ryan Patterson, 27, attacked a woman while she was walking in the Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve in Elgin on May 30. A 48-year-old woman from Streamwood said Patterson knocked her to the ground and dragged her to a secluded area, before sexually assaulting her. According to prosecutors, he told his victim that […]

  • Illinois governor signs abortion protections into law

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new bill into law Wednesday aimed at expanding abortion access in Illinois. A celebratory bill signing ceremony for the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) took place at 10 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. Pritzker said this law makes Illinois the most progressive state when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. The RHA removes restrictions on abortions later in pregnancy, as well as eliminates spousal consent, waiting periods and criminal penalties for abortion […]

  • Judge: Obama center construction can move forward in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Plans to build Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center on Chicago’s lakefront can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday in dismissing an advocacy group’s lawsuit objecting to the use of historic public parkland. After hearing nearly an hour of arguments, U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey said there should be “no delay in construction.” “This case is dismissed,” he said. Blakey’s quick announcement in court surprised many. He later issued a detailed, 52-page ruling in which he […]

  • Group releases more undercover video showing animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farm

    FAIR OAKS, Ind. —More undercover video showing animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farm has been released by the animal advocacy group Animal Recover Mission (ARM). The group posted an extended version of the video they released earlier this week. This video is 90 minutes along. **WARNING: Video below contains graphic content of animal abuse that may be disturbing to viewers. The first video showing animal abuse at the farm was released by ARM on Tuesday. One of the group’s members […]

  • Chicago-area veterans remember D-Day on 75th anniversary

    WHEATON, Ill. — From the beaches of Normandy, France, to the western suburbs of Chicago, people are taking time to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. That battle was considered the turning point in the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Area veterans were on hand for a day of commemoration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. People who showed up for the event were able to meet the soldiers of D-Day at various times throughout […]

  • Man posing as detective approaching homes in western suburbs; police

    DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — Suburban authorities issued a warning Wednesday about a man posing as a member of law enforcement and approached residents in their home. The DuPage County Sheriff issued a community alert for Winfield, West Chicago and Wheaton. They said the man, who was seen on home surveillance video, dressed to look like a detective.  He appeared to have a police badge on his waistline and some type of police scanner or scanner app active on his cell […]

  • Police: Robbers bound Crete couple, put them in trunk; wife survived by crawling through backseat

    WILL COUNTY, Ill. — Will County officials have identified the man who was found dead inside a trunk in unincorporated Crete Township as 63-year-old Francisco Aranda. According to police, the Will County Sheriff’s office was called to a home in the 26000 block of South Klemme Road around 10:30 a.m. Monday for a well-being check. Relatives said neither Aranda nor his wife showed up for work, and they were not answering their phones. Upon entry into an attached garage, deputies […]

  • Prosecutors release 2,000 pages of Jussie Smollett documents

    CHICAGO — Cook County prosecutors Friday released more than 2,000 pages of documents in the Jussie Smollett criminal case. READ: Jussie Smollett Cook County criminal case file CR 3104 — SCROLL TO READ ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS — Judge Steven Watkins on May 23 ordered records in the case be unsealed after WGN News and other media organizations filed lawsuits calling for them to be released. Attorneys for Smollett, 36, previously succeeded in sealing the records by citing the actor’s right to […]

  • Suit: Boy, 8, handcuffed by Chicago police during raid

    CHICAGO — There are new allegations of excessive use of force against the Chicago Police Department. A pre-dawn raid in March is the subject of a federal civil right lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago. A South Side family with young children alleges that a Chicago police SWAT team and tactical officers pointed assault rifles at their faces and handcuffed an 8-year-old in the freezing rain for a half an hour. The raid took place in a home on […]

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