Sean Crawford

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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. 

Our first show of 2019 brings you more reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

When it comes to Illinois state government over the past half century, James Nowlan has been both a watcher and participant. 

A national survey this past year showed how in the dark many people are when it comes to understanding who runs their state government and what they’re up to.

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A look back at the top stories in Illinois politics and government over the past year.

Statewide began in August of 2018.  As we wrap up the year, this episode looks back at some of the reports and conversations we brought you.  

  

Dana Heupel, who oversaw Illinois Issues for seven years, passed away Wednesday at his home in Springfield. He is being remembered for his professionalism, journalistic skills and kind nature.

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After years of effort, a bipartisan coalition passed criminal justice reform legislation in Congress this week. Turns out the relationship between Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and presidential adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner played a role in keeping the legislation on track.

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. 

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The opioid epidemic has become such a problem, many communities are offering for free the antidote that's administered when someone overdoses.  

One of these giveaways is set for December 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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. 

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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.  

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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.

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. 

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

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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. 

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It’s Community Foundation Week.  And in central Illinois, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is wrapping up another successful year of helping administer and facilitate philanthropy. 

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.

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The votes have been counted and we’ve seen who won in Illinois.  We know Democrats added to their grip on the Chicago area and Republicans held on in much of central and southern Illinois.  

What did we learn about the division of political support in the state?  

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

Governor Bruce Rauner explains why he thinks he deserves a second term in office. You might see some young faces at the polling places Election Day, working as election judges.  We'll also learn how Snapchat technology is being used in the medical field. That and more on this week's show.  

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The colder weather has again brought an end to leisurely strolling the outdoor farmer's market in downtown Springfield.  But there's plenty to look forward to as the winter approaches.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner gained attention — and generated outrage in some quarters — for an ad that used both profanity and a mock same-sex marriage to attack his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker. Plus an update on the state of the race heading into the final week of campaigning.

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.

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

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