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. 

Talks on fixing the state pension debt resumed, but Governor Bruce Rauner and Senate President John Cullerton can't seem to agree on what they agreed to and Rauner declared contract negotiations with AFSCME at an impasse.  Also this week, the governor announced his support for the state taking over the entire Chicago Public Schools system.  Meanwhile, Illinois higher education continues to go unfunded.  WBEZ's Tony Arnold joins the panel.

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Lynn Pardie will step down from the Provost position in May, according to an announcement sent to the university campus today. 

Bernard Sieracki is no stranger to Illinois government.  He's lobbied for decades.  But what he witnessed 7 years ago this month stood out.

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On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, we discuss Legacy Pointe development, or lack of it.  

III Tomassos Italian Bistro closed earlier this month and that has people talking again.  Many wondering, where is the outlet mall that was proposed?

In Springfield's downtown, one building will stay and another will go. 

We also talk about then Deer Run Mine in Hillsboro, which has closed following a fire.  Will it reopen?

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“It’s always Feb. 2nd and there’s nothing I can do about it,” complains Phil Connors, the character Bill Murray plays in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Trapped in a time warp, Connors desperately tries to escape his fate day after day until he reexamines his life and discovers what really makes him happy.  

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A longtime festival in Jacksonville has come to an end.

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Residents who have experienced flooding are being warned to watch out for those trying to take advantage.

This week, a look back at the past year in Illinois state government and politics.  WUIS News Director Sean Crawford and Illinois Issues Editor Jamey Dunn join the panel.

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The chances of Illinois state leaders approving a budget get better starting in January.

That’s because of a quirk in state law.

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When students return to class in January, their school buildings will be required to have carbon monoxide alarms.  A new law goes into effect Jan. 1.

This week, the panel reflects back on some memorable people and events in Illinois state politics and government over the past few decades, how things have changed, and how things have stayed the same.

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More people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record. The numbers have doubled in just the past 15 years.   

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling under Illinois law.

Chicago Art Museums Add Joy To The Holidays

Dec 21, 2015
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On a shopping trip or visit in the new year to Chicago, discover art treasures that will add joy and memories to your holidays. You’ll find wonderful art galore at the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Driehaus Museum, all located conveniently on or near Michigan Avenue.

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The Illinois Veterans Home where a summer Legionnaire's disease outbreak led to 12 deaths and sickened more than 40 others is replacing its water systems and making other emergency repairs. 

  

    

A court has ruled the Springfield District 186 School Board acted properly when it fired the former superintendent Walter Milton.  An agreement with Milton was negotiated and agreed to in private.  

The State Journal Register alleged the board violated the Open Meetings Act.

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University of Illinois Springfield police say an arrest was made over the weekend after threatening statements were posted on social media.  

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The state's largest public employee union remains at odds with Governor Rauner's administration on a new contract.  

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The new Republican state representative for the Springfield area says she won't always agree with the governor.  

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How many are there?  Chuck Pell says maybe 20 or more.

He's the Chairman of the Sangamon County Historic Preservation Commission.  The group has teamed up with the county's Farm Bureau to find out more about the long standing structures.

"I am confident many of these we will learn about are those type of families where they are fairly confident of their history of the last 150 to 200 years," Pell said.  He points out the homes don't need to be a current residence. 

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.

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  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? 

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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.

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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.

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

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