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. 

State Week: Budget Battles Continue In Courts

Mar 24, 2017
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It seems there more budget action in Illinois courts than in the Statehouse. After getting just one paycheck since last summer, state legislators are finally getting paid.

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The decline of the monarch butterfly population has led researchers to look for reasons why. 

A popular theory is the loss of milkweed, the only plant on which monarch larvae feed.  But a study from the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois indicates that's not the sole culprit.  

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

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Republican senators working with Gov. Bruce Rauner began breaking off pieces of the "grand bargain," which Democrats say undermines efforts to move toward a compromise budget. Meanwhile, what had been a bipartisan selection process for Illinois' U.S. attorneys is changing, with senior Republican Congressman John Shimkus saying he's waiting for the Trump administration to advise him on how to proceed.

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As Illinois remains mired in gridlock and nearing two years without a full budget, voters are pinning the blame on state leaders.

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There’s a 2 ½ mile stretch of road in southern Illinois that is off limits to vehicle traffic for the next couple of months.  It has nothing to do with potholes or repairs.  It’s all about snakes.

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

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A lot of uncertainty these days for Illinois members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who work for state government.   

If you are looking for Mexican culture in the midwest, the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago has you covered.

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Chance the Rapper critiques Gov. Bruce Rauner's job performance, the governor alleges a conspiracy among Democrats, and the Appellate Court gives AFSCME a temporary reprieve in its contract fight.

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

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CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Land Connection's  Mastering the Farmers’ Market series in Champaign and Springfield continues this month with workshops designed to help farmers’ market vendors build their brand, attract more customers, and explore small business basics.

Money Matters at the Farmers’ Market in March will cover small business budgeting strategies from local experts and the ways that new technologies can help market vendors improve payment options for their customers, track sales more effectively, and run their booth more efficiently.

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As Illinois enters its 21st month without a real budget, several questions occupy observers of state government: Is the state Senate's "grand bargain" dead? If so, who killed it? Where do we go from here? And has anyone heard from the Illinois House of Representatives?

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There have been numerous rallies since the election in November.  Most have been protests of the new administration.  Saturday in Springfield, a March 4 Trump event will bring together supporters of the new president.  

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Memorial Behavioral Health will host two opportunities for the public to receive training to learn how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

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Sean Crawford is joined by Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register.

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Members of AFSCME voted overwhelmingly to give the union's bargaining committee the power to strike. The union has been in a contract fight with Gov. Bruce Rauner for more than two years. Rauner has tried to impose his terms, saying they're a fair deal for both workers and taxpayers. Meanwhile, in the week following the governor's budget address, Rauner did little to support or defend his plan.

Indianapolis has several museums that make a trip there fun for the whole family.  It also has a vibrant art scene.

From modern art to a western theme to exhibits that even Chicago might not be able bring in, art lovers will find plenty to like in Indy.

Mary Galligan wrote about the arts in Indianapolis for the Illinois Times in 2013.  You can read her article here.

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On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.

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

SPRINGFIELD – Blue vs. red, bear vs. bird, north vs. south – the competition between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has divided Illinois for generations. Now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer an exciting new look at this piece of baseball history in “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry.”

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Gov. Bruce Rauner issued his third budget proposal to the General Assembly this week (potential deficit: $7.2 billion). Meanwhile, a St. Clair County judge declined to rescind his order paying state employees even without the legislative authorization required in the Illinois Constitution (cost so far: $3 billion). That, a remembrance of the late Peoria Congressman Bob Michel, and more.

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Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his 2017 Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday.  

 


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

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The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" stumbles, Gov. Bruce Rauner fights to allow Illinois to keep going without a full budget, and Illinois businessman Chris Kennedy enters the race for governor.

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Barack Obama was a freshman U.S. Senator February 10, 2007 when he stepped outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield to announce he would seek the presidency.  

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Want to be a better writer?  Give better speeches?  Who better to learn from than Abraham Lincoln?  And now a book called the Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address can help you. 

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

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