PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 

Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 

The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - IL: Early Childhood Education

CHICAGO - As Illinois children head back to school, parents are being advised to take a few steps to make the transition easier. The American Academy of Pediatrics says most children between the ages of 3 and 12 years need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep nightly. And Madelyn James, an early childho

CHICAGO - They call it the "Circle of Protection." A group of leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic and other faith communities, who met with President Obama last week, say they are hopeful he will work to protect the poor during the years of budget cutting that have been tied in wit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State lawmakers hoping to pass next year's budget by the end of May have a lot of work to do, as the recently-passed tax increase is not expected to raise enough money to pay off all the old bills and balance the budget. The state still owes about $4.5 billion to service provider

CHICAGO - Illinois is joining the more than 30 states that are using tax increases to balance recession-damaged budgets. That has many human services providers sighing in relief. With the state facing a $15 billion budget hole and a backlog of unpaid bills for hospitals and social services, Kathy Ry

CHICAGO - The Illinois State Board of Education holds the first of a series of public hearings on the 2012 budget today at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. Five more will be held throughout the state before the end of November. With federal funding expected to decrease and the state trying t

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the State of Illinois' unpaid bills are expected to exceed $5.5 billion by June, teachers are losing jobs and people who need counseling are being turned away from treatment centers because of staff cutbacks. Today, protesters rally once again at the Capitol to restate their c

CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn's people say that he'll be considering what Illinois citizens have posted on the web when he delivers his budget message on Wednesday. He recently posted his preliminary budget figures online and, for the first time ever, asked citizens to post their comments. The Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - When the fall veto session begins this week, legislative leaders will be asked to meet with members of "The Responsible Budget Coalition." The new organization is made up of more than 150 groups that represent unions, educators, and social service providers, who want higher incom

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