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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - IL: Health

With the right to a speedy trial suspended in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak, advocates say youths being held in pre-trial detention should be released. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's a new call to better protect children awaiting trial in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of organizations are expressing concern over what they call a lack of transparency and protections from the Illinois Supreme Court for the state's juvenile-detention c

The federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have reduced mercury emissions from power plants by about 86% since 2010. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Even as the country battles a respiratory pandemic, the Environmental Protection Agency has moved to weaken an air pollution standard. Yesterday, the EPA finalized changes to the 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first-ever national limits on emissions of mercury and o

A family of a Chicago-area Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO -- Major grocery chains are reporting their first coronavirus-related employee deaths, which include two at a Chicago-area Walmart. Although Walmart employees are not represented by a union, a union representative said these deaths could have been prevented if governors would declare grocery

Criminal-justice groups say managing a highly contagious diseases such as coronavirus in prisons and detention centers is extremely difficult. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As state officials continually review and implement measures to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, criminal justice groups say the youths in conflict with the law should be a priority. Elizabeth Clarke, president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, contended that Illinoi

A watchdog group says it's carefully observing the Illinois Department of Corrections, which must ensure that people in their custody are protected from the new coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)<br />

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With more than two dozen confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Illinois, a corrections oversight organization wants to ensure the health of people in prison isn't forgotten. Jennifer Vollen-Katz, executive director of the John Howard Association, points out that staff, ven

Experts recommend that children have an established

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's "Give Kids a Smile Day," when dozens of dentists provide free teeth cleaning and oral health screenings to youngsters throughout Illinois. Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness, and one in five Illinois third-graders has untreated tooth decay. Preside

TV anchor kits cost as little as $5, and can prevent serious injury. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With millions of Americans expected to tune into the Super Bowl this Sunday, safety experts have important advice for TV owners to help ensure any rumbling and tumbling stays on the field. If not anchored correctly, a TV can fall with a force of thousands of pounds, possibly i

Women are four times more likely than men to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder. (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO – The winter solstice is nearly upon us, and for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, the shorter days and falling temperatures can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. As a clinical psychologist who treats SAD, Sally Weinstein from the University of Illinois at C

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