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PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 


Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - IL: Disabilities

A new report from disability-rights advocates say Illinois new overtime cuts are limiting the independence and health-care options of those who rely on home-care services. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows people with disabilities and the people hired to care for them are facing problems due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new overtime policy for the Illinois' Home Services Program. A group of disability advocates released a new report detailing how about 30,000 Illinoi

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

Some health-care advocates say Illinois' new overtime pay ban for home-care workers already is reducing services for people with disabilities. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois advocates for in-home health-care workers and their clients say the state's new overtime pay ban already may be harming the people who rely on those services. Gov. Bruce Rauner's change to not allow overtime hours at time-and-a-half pay for home health-care workers went

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

Low-income and workers' rights groups say Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address is more of the same. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some unions, health-care workers and low-income advocacy groups are saying Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address is more of the same. As the state continues a historic budget battle, social service and higher-education programs have seen huge cuts. Activists such as Toby Cho

Overall, asthma rates are dropping among youth in the U.S., but the opposite is true for country's poorest children. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Asthma rates for most children in the U.S. appear to be on the decline, but among the country's poorest children those rates are actually rising. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found what they call a "significantly incre

A parent's criminal record can have long-term negative affects on children, according to a new report. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the United States leading the world in incarceration rates, criminal-justice reformers are targeting an unintended consequence of that. A new report this month from the left-leaning Center for American Progress reveals children who have at least one parent with a criminal re

Advocates say recording devices can help prevent abuse at nursing homes. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Family and friends of nursing home residents in Illinois soon will be able to have additional peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are receiving adequate care. A new state law takes effect January 1 that allows residents at nursing homes to install surveillance camera

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