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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to help the next generation in Illinois and around the nation get into farming and ranching, as the current "crop" of farmers ages. Photo credit: ralfh/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The average age of Illinois farmers is 56, and as their retirement nears, there is a need to get the next crop of farmers up and running. In Illinois and round the nation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $18 million to help educate and develop the next generation...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Simon Miller/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The company known for its iconic "Golden Arches" is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than o...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's 2013 school closings, a new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Photo credit: Bill Healy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's historic closing of 49 public schools in 2013, "The School Project" examines the issues affecting the schools now, and gives a voice to parents and...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Five years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, some say outside money is pouring into political campaigns in Illinois and other states. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's been five years since the Supreme Court's decision in the "Citizens United" case paved the way for unlimited corporate spending in elections. The court ruled that restricting campaign spending by outside groups is unconstitutional because it hinders their freedom of speech. ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Filing taxes is one of the most important yearly financial transactions for Illinoisans, and the IRS says itís crucial to be wise in choosing a tax preparer. Photo credit: The Brookline Library/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins processing tax returns Tuesday, the agency offers a word of caution for those who will seek help from a paid professional. IRS spokesman Mark Hanson says most preparers are knowledgeable and trustworthy, but sometimes taxpayers can be...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Low and middle income Illinoisan pay a much greater share of their income in state and local taxes than the state's most affluent, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new study finds Illinois' poorest residents are paying almost three times more in taxes than the top one percent of earners. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the state takes a much greater share of income from middle and low income families than from...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Many Illinoisans will spend the MLK Jr. Day holiday by giving their time to help others in their community.  Photo courtesy of the Highland Park MLK Day of Service.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in Illinois and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, spokesperson for the Corporation for National & Comm...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo credit: securecat/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year compared with 2013, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age 6 were the victims in more than half the cases. Th...Read More

Public News Service - IL

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