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
  • CTA worker stabbed on Red Line platform; police seek suspect

    CHICAGO — A CTA worker on a Red Line platform was stabbed Friday in the South Loop. Police said the 38-year-old ironworker was injured when he and other workers attempted to de-escalate a heated argument between a group of people on the Roosevelt platform around 2 a.m. Friday. Investigators said the trouble started with two men and a woman. Police said the trio got into a heated argument with a fourth individual on the platform. The group of ironworkers contracted […]

  • 2 Chicago universities tied to college admissions scandal

    CHICAGO — The college admissions scandal that rocked several prestigious colleges and universities has a connection to Chicago. Public documents reveal William Singer, the disgraced CEO of a college admissions prep company, has a son who attended DePaul University and graduated in 2017. IRS documents show William Singer donated at least $150,000 to DePaul while his son was a student at the Lincoln Park campus. Through Singer’s charity, described by federal prosecutors as a money laundering front,  three $50,000 payments […]

  • Council approves Lincoln Yards, police training facility amidst protests

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council passed two controversial proposals Wednesday, signing off on plans to build Lincoln Yards on the North Side and a police training facility on the West Side, despite protests calling for the vote to wait until after upcoming elections. With the backing of outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and local Ald. Brian Hopkins  (2nd Ward), the 55-acre development known as Lincoln Yards was approved Wednesday. Supporters said it would bring 23,000 new jobs to the city, […]

  • Judge OKs camera in court for Jussie Smollett’s hearing Thursday

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that a camera would be allowed in the courtroom during actor Jussie Smollett’s arraignment hearing. Smollett’s next hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday. “There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett and that is demonstrably false,” said Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian, as he walked out of the courthouse. “We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public […]

  • ‘Nicest guy in the world’: Fallen McHenry County deputy honored with procession

    HUNTLEY, Ill. — A solemn moment in downtown Huntley. A police procession Friday night brought the body of McHenry County sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner to the DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road. The deputy was fatally shot Thursday morning outside Rockford Motel while trying to arrest a fugitive alongside a team of deputized U.S. marshals. Investigators said Floyd Brown, 39, a career criminal, pulled the trigger. He was later arrested in central Illinois. Brown is charged with murder and […]

  • Suspect in fatal shooting of deputy to appear in court Monday

    MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. – Friends, family and the law enforcement community continued to mourn the loss of a McHenry County Deputy who was shot and killed Thursday outside a Rockford hotel. Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, was shot as he worked with a task force to serve an arrest warrant at Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford.  Keltner was a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Authorities have charged Floyd E. Brown, 39, with murder in Keltner’s death. Brown is believed […]

  • Suspect could face death penalty in fatal shooting of deputy

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — A man suspected of fatally shooting a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with first-degree murder. Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, was shot Thursday as he worked with a task force to serve an arrest warrant at Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford.  Keltner was a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Authorities had issued the warrant against Floyd E. Brown, 39,  for burglary and parole violation charges. Sources said  Keltner was covering the outside perimeter of […]

  • R. Kelly back in Cook County Jail after failing to pay $161K in back child support

    CHICAGO — Musician R. Kelly went back to to Cook County Jail after he was unable to pay more than $161,000 in child support owed to his ex-wife during a hearing Wednesday. Judge Lori Rosen set the court date after she found Kelly was behind on payments for the care of his three children. Publicist Darrell Johnson said Kelly had hoped to provide a portion of the amount at the hearing, but was taken into custody and back to jail […]

  • Lincoln Yards developer adds more affordable housing ahead of key City Council vote

    CHICAGO — The developer behind the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project will double the number of affordable housing units, according to a compromise deal announced Tuesday at City Hall. The number of affordable units will jump from 300 to 600 in the 50-acre site along the Chicago River after developer Sterling Bay faced pushback over the number of units included in its initial plans. Sterling Bay said they will also build addition units within three miles of the development, and […]

  • Protesters march downtown on issue of rent control

    CHICAGO — The issue of rent control was front and center on Michigan Avenue Friday. Protesters gathered outside 430 N. Michigan Ave., blocking the entrance to the building where the National Association of Realtors is located. They were demanding more affordable housing options. It has been decades since legislators banned rent control in Chicago. Now the two mayoral candidates, Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot, are vying for the mantle as progressive candidates. Protesters hope a new administration can bring back […]

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