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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 

    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Public News Service - Illinois

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin, ...Read More

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Some senior home-care workers could see a 50 percent pay cut by Friday if Illinois' budget impasse continues. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois' longtime budget impasse means hundreds of senior home-care workers could see their paychecks cut in half as soon as Friday. The state owes about $1 million in payments to Family Home Service in Chicago. Since the impasse began in July, FHS office manager Marsha Holmes ...Read More

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Illinois activists say research shows taxpayers are subsidizing low-wage employers.(iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois community activists are continuing their push for the passage of a bill that would force large employers to either pay a livable wage or pay a fine. It's called the Cook County Responsible Business Act. Supporters say the county could lead the way for the r...Read More

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Illinois community activists want public funding restored for education and after school programs. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ahead of Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State Address today, community activists are calling attention to how the Illinois budget impasse is affecting their lives. Illinois is about to enter its eighth month without a budget, which has led to severe cutbacks for many st...Read More

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While health care access has improved for low-income Illinois families, a new scorecard shows the state lagging behind in other areas. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Most economists agree that the U.S. is recovering from the Great Recession, but researchers also find many families are still struggling financially. A scorecard released today by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development shows the Illinois' economy is a mixed ...Read More

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A panel of juvenile-justice experts is rethinking Illinois' youth court system. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Illinois once again could become a national leader in juvenile-justice reforms. That's the idea behind a hearing today in Chicago, where experts will be talking about how the state can help keep young adults who break the law from reoffending. State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, is holding...Read More

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A new brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the long-term importance of savings for low-income families, and suggests ways to improve their financial stability. (mconners/morguefile)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As in many states, some Illinois families are still struggling in the wake of the Great Recession. A new policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows wide gaps in savings between white families and families of color. It says even a small federal investment in universal...Read More

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New research shows Illinois' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is far below the national average. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Of the 10 states with the highest populations of Hispanic children, Illinois has one of the lowest rates of children without health insurance, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. For uninsured Hispanic children, Illin...Read More

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