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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2019 


Trump once again floats the idea of being president beyond two terms. Also on the Monday rundown: A new national report ranks children's well-being, from coast to coast; and a Family Care Act gains support.

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More than half of Illinois' 182,000 registered nurses work in hospital or acute-care settings. <br />(James/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It's National Nurses Week, and advocates for the profession are continuing their fight for safer working conditions. There is no limit in Illinois as to how many patients an RN can treat at one time. According to Alice Johnson, executive director of the Illinois Nurses As

Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation for African Americans, according to a new analysis. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While all racial and ethnic groups are making gains in employment, new data reveals African Americans in Illinois are still falling behind. A report from the Economic Policy Institute analyzes new unemployment figures from the fourth quarter of 2018. It found that Illinoi

Illinois estimates more than 400,000 residents will receive federal food benefits at least one month this year. (Gemma Billings/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A change to eligibility for federal food assistance could affect hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. Able bodied people ages 18 to 49 without dependents, who work fewer than 20 hours a week, can only receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Fluctuations in income impact a person's ability to cover regular expenses, pay down debt or save for the future. (Vrulan/Twenty20.com)

CHICAGO — Nearly 1-in-3 American households experiences a dramatic change in income each year, and new research reveals this volatility could have a serious impact on health. Researchers collected data over a 15-year period from nearly 4,000 people living in four diverse U.S. cities, includi

A survey found that if given the opportunity, nearly half of non-unionized workers would join a union. (Fibonnaci Blue/Flickr)

CHICAGO – Employees of McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and other fast food chains in Chicago will be walking the picket lines Thursday in a continued push for better pay and unions. They'll be joined by service workers at airports, child care centers, colleges and hospitals in the Fight for

Illinois's college transfer completion rate is about 12 percentage points higher than the national average. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has moved to the top of its class in a national college transfer report. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the state is number one for bachelor's degree completion among community college students. More than half of new Illinois c

In Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court's majority said public sector unions arenít entitled to any money from employees without their consent. (Pixabay)

CHICAGO – Dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions has labor groups calling on Democrats to rally together. The case involved Illinois state governme

Nearly half of college students say they're food insecure. (chicagohomeless.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it. So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial rea

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