Sean Crawford

Chatham

Community 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. 

Statewide brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois each week.  

With all the talk of climate change and what the future may bring, turns out we're already seeing effects in Illinois.  And a report outlines where schools are missing the mark in helping sexual abuse and harassment victims.  

Statewide brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

 We look back at the Rod Blagojevich administration, a decade after the arrest that resulted in his impeachment and removal from office.  In Rock Island, the county courthouse has been a fixture for more than 120 years.  But its days may be numbered.   

Statewide brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

A survey of destruction in Taylorville shows a Saturday tornado left 100 homes destroyed or with severe damage.  The survey, which included the areas of the town that took less of a direct hit, determined another 400 homes damaged, but habitable.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner held his first news conference since losing re-election. He would not say why he thinks he and his fellow Republicans lost, but he did tell reporters he's “scared” for the people of Illinois.

Sunday brought daylight and a chance to view the magnitude of damage in Taylorville.  Many residents spent the day removing debris and helping neighbors after a tornado roared through the Christian County community on Saturday afternoon.

color:#3D3D3D;letter-spacing:.05pt">What happened during President Kennedy's Springfield visit in 1962 that prompted the Secret Service to take two youths into custody?   Also, we point out deception that helped Illinois become a state 200 years ago.  That and more this week.  

Statewide brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

A year before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, he made a visit to Springfield where he stumped for congressional candidates.   It appeared everything went as planned. 

But recently, unclassified documents were made available explaining an incident that seemed to foreshadow what took place in Dallas.  

A Springfield nun talks with us about working with asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.  We also hear about how technology and consumer demands are changing the retail industry.  

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

The holiday shopping season is upon us and shifts in the retail sector are becoming more evident.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office issued its final five-year forecast and the trends are not good. Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is likely going to face an uphill climb toward meeting his campaign promises while coming anywhere close to balancing the state budget.

The Illinois General Assembly rolled over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the first week of veto session, voting to override his vetos of more than three-dozen bills. But that's only half the game.

When lawmakers return for week two of veto session, the House and Senate will swap bills to complete the override process — will the governor fare any better then?

Is a plant in Chicago's suburbs to blame for high incidents of cancer in nearby residents?  We talk with a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who believes a chemical used at the plant is the cause.  She and others are asking state lawmakers to take action.  

We also hear how the University of Illinois flagship campus lags many of its peers when it comes to minority student enrollment compared to the high school population.  

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

It can be a struggle to live in rural Illinois.  A study finds lack of access to quality healthcare is a major reason.  And if you live outside of the Chicago area, the Illinois political landscape is often quite different.  We learn how the latest election results continue to shape the political divide. That and more on this episode.

Republican incumbent Rodney Davis from Taylorville barely squeaked out a high-stakes victory in winning a 4th term in congress.   

Why does J.B. Pritzker want to be governor? And why spend so much money for the job?  Also, we find out what a national expert on Legionnaire's Disease thinks about steps Illinois has taken to mitigate the problem. 

That and more on this week's show.

In recent years, Illinois made it easier to vote by mail.  It appears more people are taking advantage.  

The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from 10 of his own campaign workers.

With early voting underway and less than three weeks until Election Day, he denies the allegations and is pushing back hard.

Why did an unusual number of childhood cancer cases show up in a central Illinois community?  And what's changed in Illinois since #MeToo went viral?

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series will happen this Thursday night on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

The topic this year is Lincoln vs. Douglas: Slavery and Race in Illinois History.

This week, major-party candidates Governor Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker engaged in their second televised debate, which excluded the other two candidates on the ballot.

WBEZ Public Radio's Dave McKinney joins the panel.

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

The race for Illinois Governor is heading into the home stretch, and the #MeToo movement continues to impact politics nationwide and in Illinois.

Dave Dahl of WTAX joins the panel.

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A statewide survey shows support for changing Illinois’ income tax structure.   But opposition remains and there are plenty of hurdles to clear before it could become a reality.  

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

Illinois government has some deep fiscal problems.  A backlog of unpaid bills, pension debt and a growing list of infrastructure needs.  The problems can be overwhelming, but there are some best practices that can be taken to improve the situation.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner attempts to reset his campaign with a speech to a small group of supporters. Will it be enough to overcome the 14 percentage points that separate the Republican incumbent from his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker?

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

The University of Illinois Springfield is the latest state school to see an enrollment decline, part a recent    trend for the campus.  

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