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Julian Crews


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Recent articles by Julian:

Chicago first responders undergo active shooter drills at busy City Hall

Prevention in the form of a hardened target is part of the mix when defending high-profile places like City Hall. → Read More

On World AIDS Day, Chicago continues fight against virus

CHICAGO — A candlelight vigil at the corner of California & Division commemorates the terrible price paid by Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community. Ricardo Jimenez of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center knows the tragic history. “I always remember two of my best friends,” the 66-year-old said. It was back in the 1980s that the then-mysterious […] → Read More

Convicted TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau back in court, possibly faces more jail time

CHICAGO — The Federal Trade Commission is asking a Chicago judge to incarcerate convicted TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau after he allegedly hid assets overseas. According to the Chicago Tribune, US District Judge Robert Gettleman summoned Trudeau to the Northern District of Illinois to answer allegations that he’s hidden assets overseas after he previously told the […] → Read More

Michelangelo’s ‘La Pieta’ statue relocated from St. Adalbert Church

CHICAGO — A marble replica of Michelangelo’s ‘La Pieta’ statue residing at St. Adalbert’s Church was relocated from the now-closed religious establishment Tuesday. For more than a century, the 6,000 lbs. statue resided in the church, but after a controversial decision to shutter the church in 2019, the removal of the statue only adds another […] → Read More

Army veteran gets help decorating new home thanks to non-profit

CHICAGO — People with the non-profit Humble Design have a special surprise for a deserving veteran. Lillie Mae Choyce, 63, served in the U.S. Army and spent four years in Germany. She was homeless and lived at A Safe Haven shelter, but recently found permanent housing. On Veterans Day, Humble Design Chicago helped Lillie turn […] → Read More

Local unions celebrating anticipated passing of Workers’ Rights Amendment

CHICAGO — The final votes are still being tallied, but local unions are already celebrating what they believe is a milestone victory for workers. If approved, the Workers’ Rights Amendment, officially called Amendment 1 Ballot measure, will enshrine labor protections in the state constitution. Union leaders said the ballot faced strong anti-union opposition from big […] → Read More

Brawl breaks out at political ward meeting in Berwyn

Leja did not immediately respond to WGN’s messages seeking comment. → Read More

A weekend of outside support for Dems, GOP in Illinois congressional races

With control of Congress hanging in the balance, both Democrats and Republicans are zeroing in on several keys races in the suburbs in hopes of turning the tides. National party leaders spending money in Illinois and valuable time with the election just four days away. In the coming days, visits from President Joe Biden, Vice […] → Read More

Attorney, parent of alleged victim hold press conference after alleged sexual assault at South suburban high school

FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — Two days after an alleged sexual assault at a south suburban high school, attorney Stephanie White and the mother of the alleged victim spoke out at a press conference against school administrators Wednesday. The mother said her teen daughter was kept in a room for nearly four hours after she reported what […] → Read More

Highland Park mass shooter back in court for case management hearing

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The Highland Park man accused of murdering seven people and injuring dozens more back in July, was back in court Tuesday, appearing for a case management hearing at the lake County Criminal Courthouse. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said sorting through evidence and other investigative documents could be a time-consuming process. “There are […] → Read More

‘Police didn’t listen to the tenants,’ says family of landlord allegedly killed by resident

WGN News reached out to Chicago police for comment → Read More

FBI: 3 masked men conduct armed robbery at Dolton bank’s ATMs

DOLTON, Ill. — The FBI is investigating an armed robbery at a Dolton bank’s ATMs. At around 11:30 a.m., the FBI and Dolton police responded to a U.S. bank branch, located in the 1300 block of East Sibley Boulevard. Three masked men dressed in black clothing pulled handguns near the ATMs. “These guys knew what […] → Read More

‘Tried to kill me’: Chicago woman describes encounter with woman accused of dismemberment

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman came out Friday to describe an encounter with the woman accused of killing and dismembering her boarding house owner earlier this week. The woman, who WGN News is not naming, alleges Sandra Kolalou sang to her before trying to kill her. “She started to sing, ‘I’m a doctor, I can […] → Read More

Court: Eviction notice issued prior to dismemberment of North Side boarding house owner

CHICAGO — A woman accused of murdering and dismembering a Chicago woman appeared in court Thursday where she was ordered to be held without bail. Sandra Kolalou, 36, is charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide in the death of Frances Walker, 69. Horrific details were released in court during the bond hearing […] → Read More

‘Always a joy’: Friends remember woman after remains found in North Side freezer

CHICAGO — The woman whose remains were found in a North Side freezer is being remembered by her church community and family. Chicago police believe the remains of a woman, identified as Frances Walker, 69, were found after officers responded to the 5900 block of North Washtenaw around 7 p.m. Monday. The remains were discovered […] → Read More

Clock continues to tick on DACA legislation

CHICAGO — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and his colleague, Robert Menendez (D-NJ), are warning time is running out for legislation to be passed creating a pathway for more than 800,000 undocumented young people to obtain citizenship in the US. Last week’s decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision […] → Read More

70th annual Columbus Day parade revives statue controversy

CHICAGO — The 70th annual Columbus Day parade brought with it support and opposition Monday as local groups jostled for position on the still unresolved issue of what to do with the city’s Columbus statues. In Little Italy, Christopher Columbus is viewed in a positive light, a source of pride for Italian Americans in Chicago. […] → Read More

‘In broad daylight’: Bucktown residents upset over recent armed robberies

CHICAGO — Bucktown residents are sounding off following recent armed robberies in the neighborhood. One resident WGN News spoke with Friday said despite efforts to bolster security, robberies are all too common and an incident Thursday is shaking up the neighborhood. “Me and my girlfriend were walking past the church and we hear this guy […] → Read More

How an immigrant from Mexico became the first Latino mayor in a Republican town in Illinois

Jesus Garza defies conventional wisdom. → Read More

Verdict is in: Man accused of murdering Gage Park family found guilty on all 6 counts of 1st degree murder

CHICAGO — A man who was accused of brutally murdering six of his family members has been found unanimously guilty on all six counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Diego Uribe, 28, and his then-girlfriend Jafeth Ramos, 19, carried out murdering Uribe’s aunt, Maria Martinez, uncle, Noe Martinez Jr, their parents Rosaura and Noe Martinez […] → Read More