PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 

A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  

Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - IL: Mental Health

PHOTO: New research found childhood poverty impacted how much the two regions of the prefrontal cortex (as shown in orange circles) were engaged during emotion regulation. Photo:brain. Courtesy UIC.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research finds that the stress of growing up poor can have a lasting effect on a child, predictive of a greater risk of both physical and psychological problems as an adult. The senior author of the study, Dr. K. Luan Phan, professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinoi

Nearly 90 percent of seniors prefer to age in place                     Photo credit:

CHICAGO - Two years ago, the first Baby Boomer turned 65 and, according to AARP, Boomers will be reaching that milestone at a rate of 8,000 a day for the next 18 years. In Illinois and around the country, elders are finding new ways to age at home. One model gaining popularity is called a "village

Agnes Misiaszek, SASS counselor, meets with a young girl served by the crisis intervention program    Courtesy of: LSSI

CHICAGO - May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental-health-care providers say years of budget cuts have created a public health crisis for Illinoisans who need treatment. According to Chicago mother Marquisha Harris, it has been nearly impossible to find mental-health services for her daughte

Deep budget cuts have excluded thousands of IL kids from pre-school   Courtesy of:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The new Kids Count 2013 report, to be released this morning, concludes that great recession and state budget cuts are threatening the future of Illinois children, especially when it comes to preschool and child care. Voices for Illinois Children President Gaylord Gieseke (GEE-ski

PHOTO: People around the nation are taking a new type of first aid course. It's called mental health first aid, and experts say it can help prevent a crisis and even save lives. Image credit:  Corbis.  All Rights Reserved.

CHICAGO - If a person has a heart attack or chokes in a public place, there's a pretty good chance that someone with first aid training will help. But when someone has a mental health crisis on the street it often frightens others away. Mental health professionals like Bob Hewitt, director of trai

CHICAGO - The story of Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor, has garnered international attention and is raising the issue of bullying around the country, and parents in Illinois are being urged to use the summertime to "bully-proof" their children. Kris Nielsen, supervisor of the School-Based Ser

CHICAGO - State budget woes continue to take their toll on the children of Illinois. The new Kids Count report was released today, and it shows Illinois children taking one step forward and two steps back. The forward momentum came in health care. The report shows that more than 95 percent of Illi

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the Illinois Legislature focuses on casinos and pension reform in this veto session, human-service providers are asking lawmakers to consider how their decisions are affecting those most vulnerable people who have been left behind by late payments and budget cuts. Illinois st

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