PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 

Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 

Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - IL: Public Lands/Wilderness

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin,

A photo exhibit aims to spotlight a controversial potential real-estate development on natural lands along Lake Michigan. Credit: James Cook/Mary Lou Graham/Erin Wilkinson

CHICAGO - An art exhibit opening today in Chicago is focused on capturing the beauty of an ecologically sensitive area on Lake Michigan. Brad Klein, senior attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the center is showcasing the photos of three artists to help bring attention to a s

A rare dragonlfy is being released into the wild in Illinois. Credit: Mike Ostrowski/Wikimedia

LOCKPORT, Ill. – Ecologists are working to boost the population of a rare dragonfly in Illinois. The Hine's emerald dragonfly is federally endangered, and is found in just a few states. Researchers at the University of South Dakota incubated eggs from Wisconsin in a lab, and are now releasing

Farming is taking too much aquifer water, according to new research. Photo courtesy of

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Aquifers provide a natural source of groundwater, and a new study from the University of Illinois examines the possible consequences of over-drawing from three major aquifers in the United States. Megan Konar and other researchers examined the Central Valley, High Plains

PHOTO: Bees are disappearing in Illinois and around the globe, and scientists say a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are contributing to the decline in bee colonies.  Photo credit: miniperium/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The sound of a buzzing bee may signal the threat of a sting, but it also means the important pollinators are doing their job as part of a balanced ecosystem. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications director with Environment America, says not only do bees keep gardens beautiful, t

PHOTO: As summer draws to a close, a new report examines the importance of clean water for millions of Illinoisans, like the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Photo credit:

CHICAGO - Whether it's for boating, fishing, or swimming, a new report indicates Illinoisans love to take to the water, and new legislation goes before Congress this week that could extend needed protections to some of those waterways. According to the new Summer Fun Index from Environment Illinois

PHOTO: State leaders say over 20 million ash trees in Illinois are either dead, dying, or have been infested by the emerald ash borer. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – This Memorial Day weekend, many Illinoisans will enjoy time outdoors and perhaps around a campfire. And state leaders are asking them to do their part to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. It's the prime time of year for movement of the bug that has invaded milli

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It was 150 years ago that the Civil War began, and families in Illinois can mark the anniversary by visiting a place of great historic significance: Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield. It is the only home ever owned by Lincoln, and also the only national park site in Ill

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