Sean Crawford

Director of Editorial / COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, EX-OFFICIO

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

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded Democrats send him school funding legislation, threatening to call a special session if they don't. The governor has sought to pit Downstate school school districts — and local legislators — against Chicago Public Schools.

Meanwhile, Rauner continued replacing top staff with people from a libertarian advocacy organization.

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NPR Illinois continued its listening tour on the state's fiscal health co-hosting an Illinois Issues Forum in Peoria on July 20. 

Community members attended to tell how they have been impacted by the state budget impasse.

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Illinois' constitution has been in place since 1970.  But there's an effort to draft a new one.  Republican representative Tim Butler of Springfield has introduced a plan to hold another constitutional convention. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing several top aides with employees of the Illinois Policy Institute, a libertarian-conservative advocacy organization. It comes days after a bipartisan group of legislators ended Illinois' two-year budget impasse by overriding Rauner's veto. 

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Change is coming to the state agency that oversees historic sites and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  

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The Governor failed to get a lot of what he wanted in the recent legislative session.   Now, there's fallout in the top ranks of Bruce Rauner's administration.  

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Senator Christine Radogno, the Senate Republican Leader in Illinois, has announced she is leaving office this weekend. 

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

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The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield as the clock ticks down to the new fiscal year July 1. Will Illinois begin a third fiscal year without a real budget? Is Gov. Bruce Rauner really interested in "compromise" ? And are Democrats willing to meet his demands?

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

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A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.  

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Illinois lawmakers will be back at the statehouse Wednesday in special session.  The governor ordered them to return to work on a budget agreement.  

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The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats.  Today, it’s the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has called 10 special sessions on the budget for the final days of the month. For the first time, he's publicly endorsed a specific set of tax increases to accompany the non-budget demands he's been making since he came into office. Does this represent real movement? Or is it just marketing?

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SPRINGFIELD – Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair is accepting nominations for breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an inspiration to others.

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

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The Goldenrod Showboat was once a fixture in the St. Louis area.  Starting over a century ago and for decades after, the vessel provided entertainment in the form of vaudeville performances. Red Skelton and others are said to have gotten their start on board.

But now, the Goldenrod sits vacant and deteriorating near the small Illinois town of Kampsville, along the Illinois River. 

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A federal judge says Illinois has to prioritize payments for Medicaid providers, but the state doesn't have enough revenue to meet its spending obligations. Could Illinois soon run out of money? Does the market really think Illinois could default on its debt?

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

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For eight weeks this summer, MacMurray College President Mark Tierno will be living in an RV, crisscrossing the United States, “rallying the alumni army,” as he says. 

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Illinois government ended another legislative session without a budget. Because of that, credit rating agencies downgraded the state's debt while public universities announced more layoffs.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker was in the news because of his relationship with imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Growers who sell at farmers markets are feeling an impact of the meal kit delivery services, like Blue Apron, Sun Basket and others.  If you can’t beat them, join them.

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In Hannibal Missouri, along the Mississippi River, there's a monument remembering 3 youngsters who disappeared.

Craig Dowell, Joey Hoag and Billy Hoag went missing May 10, 1967.

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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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