Sean Crawford

Managing Editor / Illinois Edition

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Advisory Board Ex-Officio

Sean has led the NPR Illinois news operations since the fall of 2009. He replaced the only other person to do so in the station's history, Rich Bradley. Prior to taking over the News Department, Sean worked as Statehouse Bureau Chief for NPR Illinois and other Illinois Public Radio stations. He spent more than a dozen years on the capitol beat.

Sean  began his broadcasting career at his hometown station in Herrin, Illinois while still in high school.  It was there he learned to cover local government, courts and anything else that made the news.  He spent time in the Joliet area as News Director and Operations Manager for a radio station and worked for a chain of weekly newspapers for two years.  Along with news coverage, he reported heavily on sports and did on-air play by play. 

Sean holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. 

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Senate Democrats go it alone on a tax hike — will their House counterparts follow suit? And what happens if legislators don't pass a budget by the scheduled end of session on May 31?

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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As state lawmakers again consider expanding the number of casinos in the state, Springfield could wind up in the mix. 

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The rate of positive test results for workplace drug testing is on the rise, both in Illinois and nationally.  But drill down a bit and you’ll notice regional differences in which drugs are more likely to show up.

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Senate Democrats hold another set of votes on what was once referred to as the "grand bargain," but Republicans say the deal isn't there yet. Can anyone in Springfield trust anyone else long enough to make something happen?

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is under attack by Republicans over his property taxes.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

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This month is being used to raise awareness of mental health issues and services available.  

Many still fail when it comes to recognizing mental illness.  And the stigma surrounding the topic adds to the confusion.  

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Senate Democrats tried — and failed — to force votes on the so-called grand bargain. What are the prospects for a budget deal before the Illinois General Assembly's scheduled end-of-session on May 31?

Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner was booed when he appeared at the commencement ceremony for Chicago State University — the public university arguably hit hardest by the 22-month stalemate over taxes and spending in Illinois government. 

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been in office a long time.  He’s been a House member since the early 70’s and served as Speaker since the 1980’s, minus a brief 2 year window. 

But Madigan has never seen the state fail to pass a full budget, until recently. 

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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A huge fish that has been considered extinct in Illinois for over 50 years is being reintroduced into Illinois waterways.  The goal is to bring back a native species known as the alligator gar. 

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The faculty will be back in class today for the start of finals week. The agreement was reached after long negotiations over the weekend including 16 hours Sunday.  Details won’t be released until a ratification vote later.

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Budget talk continues in Springfield — but our panel isn't getting its hopes up yet. And what's really holding up the sale of the Thompson Center? (Spoiler alert: It's complicated.)

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The faculty union on the University of Illinois Springfield campus took another membership vote this week. And according to the union, the results were in favor of continuing the work stoppage. 

We’re in an era when Chicago politicians dominate state government.  But it wasn't that long ago that some of the more powerful state politicians came from southern Illinois. 

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Sean Crawford talks with Business Editor Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.

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Tenured and tenure-track professors at the University of Illinois Springfield are on strike starting today.  Nearly 170 professors belong to the union that will take to the picket line this morning. 

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Illinois has gone 667 days without a budget. Asked to grade his performance in office, Gov. Rauner gave himself an A for what he could do without legislative support.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Madigan requested a meeting with Rauner — thought to be their first in nearly 6 months.

And between 1,500 and 2,000 women marched on the Capitol in support of Democratic policies and candidates, as House Democrats sought to highlight Rauner's contradictory positions on abortion rights.

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If you feel no one is listening to your concerns about the state budget impasse, you’ll have a chance to be heard Thursday night.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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The pattern of warmer weather is expected to continue through the summer.  That’s according to the latest National Weather Service long range forecasts.

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The Illinois Walk for Children is planned for May 20 in Springfield.  The event raises funds for training child abuse prevention specialists and bring more awareness to a problem that often goes unreported.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'd veto legislation seeking to protect the right to abortion in Illinois. Pro-abortion-rights activists say that's a change of position from what Rauner told them as a candidate in 2014.

Meanwhile, S&P and Moody's say the budget impasse, approaching 22 months, is hurting the credit worthiness of state universities.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner embarked on a political tour of Illinois — but he says it's not a campaign tour. (In fact, he's already confirmed he will seek re-election next year.)

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John Wilkes Booth is a villain in history.  Yet, he had a prominent spot in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Since the facility opened in 2005, a sinister statue of Booth shadowed the Lincoln family as visitors entered the main plaza.  But no more.  

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There are plenty of scary climate change predictions about what could be coming our way in the future.  So what is a person to do?  Move to Michigan.  

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees last week pushed off a major financial decision.

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