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
  • Chicago Public Schools to overhaul handling of sex abuse complaints

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will overhaul how it handles sexual abuse complaints after a federal investigation found “tragic and inexcusable” problems following student complaints, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The agency’s Office for Civil Rights called its review — which began in 2015 after student complaints — among the most comprehensive of any major urban school district. Federal officials concluded that the district’s management, handing and oversight of sexual harassment violated Title IX, which is a federal […]

  • Chicago area ceremonies mark somber 18th anniversary of 9/11

    CHICAGO — People across the Chicago area marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Wednesday morning. In Wheaton A dedication ceremony of two structural beams from the fallen World Trade Centers was held in Wheaton.  They are part of what will be a permanent memorial to the many people who lost their lives that day. The memorial is now on display at Wheaton’s Cantigny First Division Museum. In Chicago A solemn ceremony was held with Chicago Fire Dept. […]

  • 1 in custody after ‘suspicious package’ found in Logan Square mailbox

    CHICAGO —  A person is in custody following an investigation of a “suspicious object” that was dropped into a mailbox in Logan Square Wednesday, police said. Police determined the object was not dangerous and was apparently “narcotics-related.” A police bomb and arson unit squad and a fire department hazardous materials team responded to the scene just after 10:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of West Fullerton Avenue. SkyCam9 flew over the scene, and authorities could be seen using a robot. […]

  • Girl, 3, shot in head while mother driving car in Chicago Heights

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — A 3-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after sustaining an apparent gunshot wound to the right side of her head. Just after 6 a.m., Chicago Heights police responded to calls for shots fired in the 1600 block of School Street. Police said the victim’s mother was driving in the area when she heard what she thought was the sound of a tire popping. Once she was on Aberdeen Street, she heard her child cry […]

  • Judge denies gag order in Marlen Ochoa-Lopez case

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge rejected the request to issue a gag order in the murder cases of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and her son, Yovanny. Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa were accused of strangling Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in April and cutting her unborn child from her womb. The baby, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, was placed on life support, but died 53 days later. In their request for a gag order, lawyers for the defense argued their clients could not get […]

  • Judge gives Sterigenics OK to reopen Willowbrook plant

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill.  — A DuPage County judge signed a consent decree Friday, allowing the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook to reopen. The plant has been closed since February, and there are more than 30 ongoing lawsuits claiming that ethylene oxide emissions from the plant have caused cancers and other health issues. Back in July, Sterigenics reached an agreement with state and local officials to install equipment to reduce emissions from the process of sterilizing of medical equipment. The company said this […]

  • Family says vaping sent teen to ICU, calls for FDA investigation

    CHICAGO — A southwest suburban teen was on her way to start college when a vaping-related injury sent her to the ICU instead, her family said Thursday. Outraged parents Ruby and Tim Johnson went public with their harrowing story, saying vaping nearly claimed their daughter’s life. Piper Johnson ended up in a Colorado intensive care unit as she was on her way to college last month, they said. She later admitted to vaping both tobacco and powerful THC, according to […]

  • 2nd US vaping-related death possible in Oregon, officials say

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon health officials are working to confirm what could be another vaping-related death. Illinois reported the first one just last month. Investigators said the Oregon victim legally purchased his vaping products.  Until now, a leading theory had pointed to counterfeit or bootlegged street products on the Black Market. Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating more than 27 incidents of lung disease statewide that are possibly linked to e-cigarettes and vaping. “There are additives and […]

  • Sports betting now available at Northwest Indiana casino after legalization

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A new sports book opening at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Wednesday is expected to bring new tax revenues and local jobs, but is raising concerns among gambling critics. Chicagoans no longer have to go all the way to Las Vegas to bet on a game, after Indiana officials held a momentous ribbon-cutting at the Horseshoe Casino Wednesday, just in time for Thursday’s Bears-Packers game. “We purposely got the sports book open 24 hours before the marquee […]

  • More ComEd crews heading southeast to aid in Hurricane recovery efforts

    CHICAGO — More utility workers from the Chicago-area on their way to the southeastern U.S. to help people deal with Hurricane Dorian. ComEd is sending more than 100 additional employees and contractors at the request of Duke Energy in South Carolina. That’s after sending more than 500 employees and contractors to assist with restoration efforts once the hurricane reaches the U.S., ComEd crews will help repair damage and restore service as quickly possible over several days.

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