Sean Crawford

Managing Editor / Illinois Edition


Advisory Board Ex-Officio


Sean has led WUIS' 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 WUIS 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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Sangamon County Republicans have named Sara Wojcicki Jimenez to represent the 99th State House District. She'll replace former State Rep. Raymond Poe, who was recently appointed the new Illinois Department of Agriculture Director.


  For the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, it's all about philanthropy.  

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Forecasters say a mixture of bad weather that could bring tornadoes is expected as a strong storm system plows toward the central U.S. from the Rocky Mountains. 

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Has Springfield reached the saturation point when it comes to the number of pizza restaurants? 


A few months can make a lot of difference.  In the spring, the Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey ound a lot of optimism.   But that was before a budget impasse left the State of Illinois without a spending plan for 4 months and counting.


Health officials in two western Illinois counties are investigating an illness affecting people who drank apple cider during a recent fall festival.

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The presidential campaign is coming to Springfield. 

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An addition to the health care skyline in Springfield is Memorial Medical Center's new patient tower.


DNA evidence remains a powerful tool to convict, but also to exonerate.

Dr. Jerry Kruse has been affiliated with the SIU School of Medicine for over 30 years.  Most recently he has served as executive associate dean and CEO of SIU Healthcare. 

In January, he'll tackle a new role.  He'll become the dean and provost for the school.

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A former state lawmaker from western Illinois wants back in the general assembly. 

Jil Tracy launched her campaign for state Senate in a Quincy park Monday.  She lives in the town and represented the area in the Illinois House for about a decade. 

The Young Philanthropists in Sangamon County has hit the decade mark.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Dave Mason plays the Sangamon Auditorium Saturday night.

Do you ever daydream of hiking or biking through Europe but have just a weekend to spare? Then plan a trip to New Glarus, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Little Switzerland,” where you can enjoy scenic trails, indulge your taste for Swiss cheeses and chocolate, and stay at a Swiss-style hotel, bed-and-breakfast or even a guest farm.


The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has resigned following years of disagreements with the head of the state agency that oversees the museum.

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An agreement announced Friday could pave the way for rail traffic in Springfield to be consolidated along 10th Street.

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Illinois' lack of a budget means public pension systems won't get their state contribution next month. That won't stop retirees from getting their checks. However, there could still be an impact.

Are you a woman age 40 or older? Uninsured? Under-insured?

Mammogram Mondays are taking place this month with free screenings available.  

You must call for an appointment at one of the following locations:

For appointments from 4 – 7 p.m. at: Memorial Medical Imaging Breast Diagnostic Services at the Baylis Building, 747 N. Rutledge, Springfield, call 217-788-4042.

For appointments from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln, call 217-605-5108.


The Director of Downtown Springfield Incorporated plans to leave the job by the end of the year.


Springfield area home sales are up slightly compared to last year.

The 13th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures, presented by the University of Illinois Springfield, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS.

As the budget gridlock continues, downstate Republicans are finding themselves having to balance support for the Governor with constituent concerns.

One of those lawmakers is C-D Davidsmeyer.

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Amtrak says it will stop train service on the route that runs through central Illinois starting October 17.

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The Sangamon County Historical Society is bringing back the popular cemetery walking tour this fall. “Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery” will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 11 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Avenue in Springfield. (The last tour begins at 3:15 p.m.) The rain date is Sunday, October 18.

“The walk will provide visitors with a glimpse into the history and heritage of Springfield,” said Mary Alice Davis, president of the Sangamon County Historical Society.


It's perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the Illinois State Fair.  And due to the state budget gridlock, no payment has been made to the sculptor.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing reminder notices on renewing motor vehicle registrations because there's still no state budget. 


This week, WUIS is airing four American RadioWorks hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education.

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Two people are recovering from stab wounds following an incident on the University of Illinois Springfield campus Sunday afternoon.

University of Illinois-Springfield fall enrollment numbers have been released.


State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis talks with us about the planned closures of a longtime tavern and a comedy club.   And we hear about changes coming to the MacArthur Park Apartments: