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PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, Illinois is operating at more than 170 perce ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f ...Read More

PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Regional Early Thanksgiving Dinners provide chances for current foster youth to share the holiday with foster alumni, and highlights the need for more permanent homes for them. Photo courtesy of Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio Chapter.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While many families are able to gather to enjoy the upcoming holidays, this time of year for foster youth can be a reminder of what's been missing from their lives. An annual series of Early Thanksgiving Dinners offers a chance for these children and foster alumni in Ohio to gather ...Read More

PHOTO: For those who smoke, health experts say quitting is one of the biggest steps Missourians can take toward improving their health. The state offers free help to smokers who want to quit through its hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

ST. LOUIS – Today could be the first day in a smoke free life for Missourians who take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, but only if they're ready to take the steps necessary to commit to quit. Keith Whittemore started smoking when he was a teenager serving in th ...Read More

PHOTO: A vote is expected by the end of the month at the Statehouse on a bill to create a retirement savings option for the more than 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer. Photo credit: M. Connors/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - House lawmakers are expected to vote soon on legislation that would expand access to employment-based retirement savings in Illinois. Senate Bill 2758, also known as the "Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program," would provide an Individual Retirement Account plan for businesses ...Read More

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