Sean Crawford


Sean has been News Director for WUIS since the fall of 2009. He replaced the only other person to hold that title 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. 

Buyers Beware
9:44 am
Tue January 6, 2015

New Law Requires Home Sellers Disclose Door, Window Problems

A "sale pending" sign is pictured on a house. (Dan Moyle/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:42 pm

Starting this year, home sellers in Illinois need to provide more information to potential buyers. 

Illinois already requires disclosure of problems like asbestos, radon, lead paint... and even if a home was used as a meth lab.  Add to that list... issues with doors and windows.

Some may be warped or leak... and lead to bigger concerns.  

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Action by Governor
5:13 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Western Illinois Men Pardoned for Work on Underground Railroad

The Dr. Richard Eells House in Quincy
Credit The Friends of Dr. Richard Eells House

Illinois' Governor has posthumously pardoned three men for their work with the Underground Railroad.

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Mutated Strain
6:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Flu Hitting Hard in Illinois

3D graphical representation of the biology and structure of a generic influenza virus.
Credit CDC

Flu cases are showing up in all areas of the state.

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3:44 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Springfield Tourism: More Than Just Abe?

Cars on display at the Route 66 Mother Road Festival

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 7:02 am

Historic sites. Abraham Lincoln. Food. Location. 

Whatever drives people to Springfield, the capital city is rebounding when it comes to tourism. 

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Maintenance Completed
12:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Lincoln Tomb Set To Re-Open

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:48 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery is the 2nd most visited cemetery in the U.S.  The main reason is Abraham Lincoln.   The 16th President, his wife Mary and three of their four sons are interred there.

Since last fall, visitors could go see the tomb and stand outside.  But the interior was closed off for maintenance work.  It re-opens on Tuesday April 1.

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