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
  • 66 immigrant children separated from parents at border are in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Sixty-six immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border are being housed in the Chicago area, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with some of them Friday morning. The locations of the detention centers have not been disclosed, but the children are under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Heartland Alliance, a licensed non-profit agency in Chicago. “These children are scared when they arrive at our doors,” […]

  • Bloomington booming with good times

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Few cities, large or small, offer more than Bloomington, Indiana. Located just four hours from Chicago, Hoosiers there are always looking for a good time. Bloomington is also home to several international restaurants. There’s 75 eateries from 18 countries to choose from, including a taste of Paris at La Vie En Rose. The authentic French café serves homemade quiche, salads and soups. There is also Upland Brewing, makers of boysenberry sours, wheat ales and IPA’s that are second […]

  • Quintonio LeGrier’s father contradicts officer’s testimony in wrongful death trial

    CHICAGO — The father of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who was shot and killed by Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo, contradicted the officer’s testimony. Antonio LeGrier took the stand to testify on Thursday at Rialmo’s wrongful death civil trial, saying he never told Rialmo “You did what you had to do,” after the Dec. 26, 2015 shooting of LeGrier. On Wednesday, Rialmo testified that the teen’s father came down the stairs after the shooting and repeatedly said, “You did what you […]

  • Lawmakers hold hearing into sexual abuse by CPS employees

    CHICAGO —Illinois lawmakers heard from two former Chicago Public Schools students about alleged sexual abuse at the hands of district employees. Wednesday’s hearing by state representatives and senators was held in response to a newspaper report chronicling hundreds of cases of sexual abuse by district employees over the last 10 years. Two alleged victims gave tearful testimony about being assaulted by district employees and then mistreated by district officials. One former student, identified as Morgan, said she felt like she […]

  • Small town has huge reputation for world-class architecture

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — South of Indianapolis, architecture lovers from around the world are traveling to the small city of Columbus. The population is less than 47,000 people, but it’s impact is huge on architecture and urban design. The grand experiment that is Columbus, Ind., began with the vision of the late J. Irwin Miller.  The local industrialist commissioned his ground-breaking modernist home, now known as “Miller House.” But his vision extended further, to education. Miller went to the school board […]

  • What to see and do in Madison, one of the country’s most historic river towns

    MADISON, Ind. — WGN’s Julian Crews glided down the Ohio to one of the Midwest’s most historic destinations, the perfectly-preserved river town of Madison, Indiana. On the backroads of southeast Indiana, you’ll cruise into another century when you first set eyes on this American treasure. According to the National Park service, Madison’s historic district is the largest contiguous historic national landmark district in the United States. “Madison was a very early river town founded in 1809. And prior to the […]

  • Active shooter response training held for Ingleside school staff, Lake County deputies

    INGLESIDE, Ill. — School staff and Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies got some live shooter situation training Friday at Big Hollow Middle School in Ingleside. Sheriff Mark Curran told WGN’s Julian Crews that it is clear shootings at public places like schools and houses of worship are going to continue, so staff and first responders have to be ready. Sheriff’s personnel were teaching the ALICE response system. That stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate; steps necessary to deal with […]

  • Diver killed in Chicago River rescue was father of 2, 15-year CFD veteran

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department diver who died during a rescue attempt Monday was a father of two and 15-year veteran of the department. Juan Bucio, 46, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital on Monday after he got separated from his partner during a search in the Chicago River near the 2600 block of South Ashland Avenue. A 28-year-old man, identified by friends as Alberto Lopez, had fallen off a boat in the river about 8 p.m. Monday, authorities […]

  • No bond for 56-year-old man charged in River North fatal stabbing of software CEO

    CHICAGO — Bond has been denied for a man charged in a deadly stabbing in the city’s River North neighborhood. Gino Bassett, Sr., 56, is charged with first degree murder and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. Bassett is accused of attacking 55-year-old Mike Beedle of Park Ridge in an alley in the 400 block of North State Street last month. Beedle was stabbed in the back and died. He leaves behind a wife and […]

  • Father, adult daughter killed in Austin fire; 2 others injured

    CHICAGO — A father and his adult daughter were killed, and two others were injured, in a fire in the Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. The fire happened around 10 a.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of West Race. Relatives told WGN Peggy Davis, 61, was pulled from the fire but died of her injures at the hospital. Her father,  Isaac Davis, 86, who was confined to a wheelchair, also died from injuries. Officials say two of their relatives — an 88-year-old […]