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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A push to change Illinois' flat income tax into a graduated tax died on the vine this week. And Illinois Republicans have some difficult decisions to make now that Donald Trump appears to have won the party's presidential nomination.

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

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced in a hush-money scandal and admitted to molesting children; Governor Bruce Rauner said he hopes for a 2-year budget deal with legislative leaders by the end of May; and the governor insists contact negotiations with AFSCME are at an impass.  Kerry Lester of the Daily Herald joins the panel.

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We're more than halfway through Earth Week. At the University of Illinois Springfield, there are still events planned. 

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis:

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Contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing Illinois state workers have reached the state labor board.

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Studies show prisoners who stay connected with their families have lower recidivism.  Yet, the cost of keeping in touch is proving quite high for many.  Prison phone call rates are unregulated.

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An attempt to add a surtax on Illinois millionaires failed in the Illinois House. 

House Speaker and Democrat Michael Madigan has backed the idea that would raise more money for schools.

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Sacred Heart-Griffin High School's long time principal has announced her retirement.

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Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis:

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William Shakespeare comes alive this year in Chicago, as the city celebrates the poet and playwright’s legacy, marking the four centuries since his death in 1616 with a fabulous international arts festival.  With more than 850 events in venues across the city, the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Festival offers exciting plays, operas, art exhibitions, dance and even cuisine that will make his works come to life. You’ll want to brush up on your Shakespeare and plan a Chicago visit this spring or summer, when many events are scheduled.

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After months without meeting, the governor and legislative leaders gathered behind closed doors this week, with apparently no progress toward a budget agreement. Speculation continues the Attorney General might go to court to stop state workers from being paid without an appropriation. Some believe such a move could force the governor and leaders to reach a deal. Others aren't so sure.  The State Journal-Register's Doug Finke joins the panel.

Aubrey Fletcher knew she wanted to work on a dairy farm ever since she was a little girl.

“I do remember my mom asking, ‘Are you sure that’s what you want to do?’” Fletcher recalls.

Fletcher knew the work was tough, she grew up milking cows every day. After college she and her husband wanted to return to his family farm, but it wasn’t making financial sense.

“The farm couldn’t necessarily  provide both of us with salaries,” says Fletcher. “So we thought, ‘Why not take our premium milk and take that a little further?’”

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An Illinois House committee has approved a call for moving state government jobs to the Springfield area.  But its only a resolution and doesn't force that action.    

The sponsor, Republican Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Leland Grove,  says moving the jobs to the area would cut costs for the state and lead to more efficiency while also boosting the local economy.  

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Springfield is the seat of state government, yet one of the more influential grassroots groups in Illinois has no official presence in the city.  The Illinois League of Women Voters wants to change that. 

Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis.

With the move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and President Obama's visit to the country, we remember a trip an Illinois governor took there nearly 17 years ago.

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

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When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter at the concession stand for popcorn and settle into seats as close to our crushes as we could get without being too obvious.

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Several of the races in this week's primary election were widely seen as a referendum on Gov. Bruce Rauner. In the two highest-profile races, the governor neither protected an ally nor vanquished a foe.

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From novices to gardening veterans, you'll find plenty to keep you interested this weekend during the Homegrown Fest taking place at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.  The event is combined with the 13th annual Composting Symposium.

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A stormy night in Springfield this week resulted in an EF-1 tornado touchdown on the city's  west side.

The Springfield Police Department issued the following on Wednesday.  The allegations stem from Groth's time as a school resource officer at Lanphier High School:           

Officer Rodney A. Groth, age 45, of the Springfield Police Department was indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury on the below listed charges:

Two recently appointed state representatives held off primary challenges Tuesday night.

Springfield-area State Senator Sam McCann, R-Plainview, fended off a challenge Tuesday from fellow Republican Bryce Benton. McCann had been targeted for defeat after defying Gov. Bruce Rauner, also a Republican, on a key vote.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register.

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With the election arriving next Tuesday, a handful of candidates and their "dark money" supporters were spending millions of dollars on just a handful of campaigns. Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner once again went on the attack against Democrats, and university presidents began making a more forceful case for state funding.

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The National School Breakfast Program provides free, federally funded breakfasts to school kids.  But a recent study found nearly half a million Illinois kids who qualify are missing out.

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-register, joins Sean Crawford.

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