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    PNS Daily News - May 3, 20160 

    Taking a look at what’s making news today: the Supreme Court backs away from a minimum raise challenge; working women want their struggles addressed by candidates; and Americans are encouraged to re-discover the joys of being unplugged.

Public News Service - Illinois

A new report shows young people who've been arrested have a harder time getting their juvenile records destroyed in Illinois than other states. This includes youth who've never been convicted of a crime. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows only a fraction of a percent of juvenile arrest records in Illinois get expunged, which could be a public safety risk. Juvenile justice advocates say heavy-handed state laws make it almost impossible for young people to erase a record through the expungement ...Read More

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As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ...Read More

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Illinois home-care workers could soon no longer be able log overtime hours, which advocates for seniors and people with disabilities say compromises both the workers and their clients. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Starting next week, thousands of people with disabilities and the home healthcare workers who assist them could be affected by Illinois' new overtime-pay policy. On May 1, the state begins enforcing a strict 40-hour workweek limit on home-care providers. Advocacy groups in Il...Read More

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Thousands of Illinois kids are facing serious roadblocks to financial and emotional stability because of having a parent in prison, according to a new report. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Children who have at least one parent that has spent time in prison may also have fewer opportunities in life, according to a report released today. About 186,000 children in Illinois are struggling with emotional and financial problems as a result of having an incarcerated pa...Read More

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According to the American Lung Association, more than a million people in Illinois are living with health issues exacerbated by serious air-pollution problems. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Air quality in Illinois is a mixed bag, according to the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. Out of 23 Illinois counties with air-quality monitors, the report gives 16 failing grades for high ozone pollution. Nationally, the Chicago area ranked 21st...Read More

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New numbers show that regardless of political affiliation, most Illinois voters agree that big changes need to be made to the state's criminal justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows an overwhelming majority of Illinois voters support changes to the state's criminal justice system, even across party lines. The U.S. Justice Action Network released a new poll this week that says about 94 percent of Illinois Republicans and Democrats agree ...Read More

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After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum...Read More

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Thousands of low-income and immigrant children in Illinois could lose health-insurance coverage if lawmakers do not extend the Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A coalition of religious, business and health-advocacy groups this week delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers, asking them to renew the Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act. The law is slated to lapse at the beginning of July, and supporters say if that h...Read More

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