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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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  • Lane Tech student wounded in crossfire during ‘gun battle’ most likely shot by Des Plaines police: officials

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy wounded in crossfire during a “gun battle” involving police and a bank robbery suspect was most likely shot by Des Plaines police, according to Chicago officials. On Tuesday, a 46-year-old Chicago police officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot in the head during a “gun battle” in Old Irving Park that left a suspect dead and the 15-year-old bystander, identified as a Lane Tech High School student, injured. CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said […]

  • Nurses to visit Chicago parents with newborns at home under new pilot program

    CHICAGO — Thousands of newborn babies and their parents may get a visit from a registered nurse in their own home, under a new pilot program in Chicago. A new program called Family Connects announced Tuesday includes partnerships at four “safety-net” hospitals: St. Bernard Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Here’s how it works: the baby and family would first get a visit in the hospital, and be offered the service. Then, a nurse […]

  • Man shot and killed in car near South Austin school

    CHICAGO — A man was fatally shot in front of a charter school in the South Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of North Laramie, in front of Moving Everest Charter School. Police said a 29-year-old man was inside a vehicle when he was shot. A teacher and a school staffer got into his vehicle and attempted to give CPR to the man.  The vehicle was not in park and crashed a short […]

  • Official says shoplifters ‘acting with impunity,’ blames limits on felony charges

    CHICAGO — A spike in pickpocketing and shoplifting is nothing new during the holiday season, but police and officials said a rash of organized shoplifting in places like Lincoln Park and Michigan Avenue is taking things to a new level. “We’re seeing store security guards being pepper sprayed, maced and physically attacked,” said Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward). Hopkins said he’s concerned about what he describes as aggressive shoplifting, like a Nov. 9 incident on State Street, where a shopper […]

  • Chicago police search for suspect after nurse fatally shot in Little Village

    CHICAGO — Chicago police continued to search for a suspect Thursday in the shooting death of a nurse in the Little Village neighborhood. Frank Aguilar, 32, was walking in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a gray SUV drove by and someone in the vehicle fired a gun, hitting Aguilar in the chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Aguilar’s family said he was on his way to […]

  • City’s $900M budget shortfall: Council raises concerns about revenue

      CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and aldermen tackled the city’s budget again Wednesday. The mayor made good on progressive campaign pledges to raise the minimum wage. She’s also doubling the amount of city funding to help the homeless and increased funding for mental health treatment. But when it comes to big-ticket items to help plug the nearly $900 million dollar budget shortfall for 2020, the Chicago City Council is concerned about revenues. The city’s proposed 2020 operating budget […]

  • Chicago providing shelter for homeless during record cold

    CHICAGO — With winter making an early appearance in the Chicago area, the city and Cook County are working to make sure the most vulnerable have shelter from the bitter cold. In the city’s Uptown neighborhood Tuesday,  workers from the Salvation Army mobile outreach team provided soup and blankets and offered to help the homeless find a warming center, shelter or other place out of the elements. At least of dozen of such teams have fanned out across the city […]

  • 14-year-old boy shot in head after Von Steuben homecoming dance

    CHICAGO — A 14-year old boy was shot in the head following a homecoming dance Thursday night at Von Steuben High School. Just after 10:30 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue on the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy sitting in the backseat of a vehicle suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. According to 33rd Ward Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, the boy was […]

  • 3,700 students out of classes as Grayslake teachers, staff go on strike

    GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — About 3,700 students were out of class Thursday as teachers and support staff at Grayslake District 46 went on strike. Classes, extracurricular activities, after-school programs and before-school programs were canceled Thursday. The union said pay is the main issue. They are two years into a four-year contract, but all sides agreed to revisit the issue of pay raises now. Their ranks also include support staff of maintenance workers, nurses, secretaries and librarians and other employees some of […]

  • Tow truck used to steal 2 vehicles in Albany Park

    CHICAGO — Police issued an alert after two cars were stolen with tow trucks. Both incidents happened in the city’s Albany Park neighborhood. One happened on the 3400 block of North Ridgeway Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. The second time was on the 3900 Block of North Drake Avenue at 11:47 p.m. on Nov. 2. An unauthorized tow truck was used in taking both cars. The truck seen on Drake Ave. was black, with a circular decal on […]

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