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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The 14th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures presented by the University of Illinois Springfield will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS.

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Illinois is one of the states considered most at risk for a major earthquake.  This week, officials are trying to get people thinking safety.  

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  Not a very pretty name.  But it's becoming more likely you'll be seeing this invasive species around your home.  They are showing up in more parts of Illinois.  And, that's raising concerns.  

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

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Mary Galligan's latest column follows her visit to Columbus, Indiana. 

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The Simon Poll says incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk is 14 points behind Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Democrats and Republicans are trying to use the other side's unpopular leaders to sink down-ballot candidates. Plus, Illinois is awash in campaign cash.

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

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A federal judge has put limits on election-day voter registration in the most populous parts of Illinois. The governor's office has a rosier view of the Illinois deficit then legislative analysts. And Donald Trump once again shines a light on violence and policing in Chicago.

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If you want to learn more about solar energy and how it can be put to use in your home or business, there's a good opportunity for a firsthand look this weekend. It's the annual Solar Tour.  

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

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History has Ulysses S. Grant playing second fiddle to Abraham Lincoln -- and many others.  But it wasn't always that way.

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Awareness of Alzheimer's disease has grown through the years.  But what are some of the symptoms and early warning signs? The Alzheimer's Association has a list available.

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

    

The City of Springfield Office of Public Works has announced that due to the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, the following areas will be closed to traffic starting at 12-noon on Friday, September 23:

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In a small pond in Wisconsin,  a recent study took place that could have some big implications when it comes to the spread of Asian Carp.   The invasive species threatens to take over waterways, like the Great Lakes. It's already become a major problem in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and elsewhere.  

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has donated $16 million of his fortune to help elect Republican candidates. But he also says he's not really involved in the election. Huh?

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It's a story of accomplishment and the ability to overcome challenges.  

"All The Difference" chronicles the lives of two African-American males from the south side of Chicago, Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch. They grew up amid violence and poverty.  Yet, their bleak surroundings didn't stop their ambition to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.  

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This week, discussion of a recent ruling on negotiations between AFSCME and Governor Rauner.  Also, enrollment numbers released for the state's public universities, and reflecting on the death of Phyllis Schlafly.  Illinois Issues' Jamey Dunn and Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press join the panel.

Lincoln Land Community College says it will offer help to students of ITT Technical Institute displaced after the school announced this week it's closing.  Lincoln Land is designating a special advisor to work one on one with those students and give them options for enrolling. 

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The Superintendent of the Williamsville-Sherman school district has died. David Root was 42.

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North Dakota authorities are sending officers from across the state to the site of a protest in anticipation of a federal judge's ruling on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of a four-state oil pipeline.

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It's not the opponent you expect to face on the field.

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

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The outspoken conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has passed away.  She was 92 and died at her home in St Louis Monday. 

 Illinois' capital city is welcoming Olympic swimmer and gold medal winner Ryan Held back to his hometown.

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

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For a quick fix to get your kicks on 66, pile the family or friends into the coupe and head north to Atlanta, Illinois. Fewer than 50 miles from Springfield, Atlanta is chock full of enough Mother Road memorabilia to make your own memories.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to change the way Illinois' legislative districts are drawn.

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 Today in Macoupin County, overdue respect will be paid.

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