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. 

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.

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.

The University of Illinois says former NFL coach Lovie Smith will be named the next football coach at the University of Illinois.

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It's proposed as a focal point for social life on campus.   The University of Illinois Springfield is hoping to raise enough funds for the project.

A well-known presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author has been selected as the recipient of an annual award from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. 

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University of Illinois Springfield Athletic Director Kim Pate has announced that she has accepted the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.

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Tim Landis is the Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

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Representative Sara Wojcicki has only been in office for a few months. 

But she's already facing her first election as a state lawmaker.

Gov. Bruce Rauner stumped across Illinois to drum up support for education funding — K-12 education finding, at least. College students, particularly from low-income backgrounds, have no such luck.

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An archaeological discovery in Illinois has received worldwide recognition.  Evidence of a prehistoric city well preserved under present day East St. Louis has been found, dug up and is being analyzed.

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Chicago State University has announced the elimination of spring break this year to ensure its students will finish the semester before the school may be forced to close down due to a lack of state funding. 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 23, 2016) — Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling Hy-Vee 2-ounce Macadamia Nuts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins Sean Crawford.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to spur lawmakers into action has left no clear way forward in the state's seemingly never-ending budget saga. 

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Who doesn't need some help paying for the rising cost of college.  But the price of tuition can be an obstacle to many students wanting to continue their education. 

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the Illinois General Assembly this week with his vision for the next fiscal year, despite still having no agreement on a spending plan for the current year.  John O'Connor of the Associated Press joins the panel.

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Listen to our broadcast of the Governor's Address with reaction from House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and Republican Leaders Rep. Jim Durkin and Sen. Christine Radogno.

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax and NPR Illinois' Amanda Vinicky join host Jak Tichenor for the broadcast:

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register, joins us.

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It was 56 years ago that a plane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and their pilot went down near Clear Lake, Iowa.  The trio were part of the Winter Dance Party tour and had just finished a show at the Surf Ballroom.  Trying to get to their next destination faster and avoid a cold bus trip, they hopped a plane and the rest is rock and roll tragedy. 

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President Barack Obama returned to Springfield to address the Illinois General Assembly this week. He's renewing the central argument of his first campaign for president: that most Americans want a less bitter, less divisive form of politics. Did his message resonate with Illinois lawmakers?

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The City of Springfield announced that on Wednesday, February 10, parking will be prohibited on the following streets due to the Presidential visit:

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

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