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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - IL: Budget Policy & Priorities

Some analysts predict that just the interest on the U.S. national debt could exceed $1 trillion in a decade. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Some Illinois college students are part of a growing movement to raise awareness of the $23 trillion national debt and brainstorm solutions. Teams involved in the Up to Us competition receive training and funds to create a campus campaign to engage others to act, to help addres

The minimum wage for Illinois teachers was raised from $10,000 to $40,000. (tadamichi/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Teachers in Illinois are applauding a new law that could boost their bottom line. A bill signed on Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000, up from $10,000. As a second-year teacher at the Crossroads Learning Center in

Some groups say corporate tax loopholes are costing Illinois more than $1 billion in lost revenue each year.  (Ken Teegardin/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An alliance of Illinoisans from all walks of life gathered on Tax Day, to call on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to close loopholes that enable corporations to dodge state taxes. At a Chicago rally, people with the group Fair Economy Illinois demanded action in the state budget to st

The city of Chicago is spending more than $1 billion to upgrade sewer systems to prevent overflows during heavy rain events. (Roman Boed/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bigger, more frequent storms. More floods. Many millions in financial losses. Massive environmental shifts. Climate change already is causing these issues in the Great Lakes region - and it's expected to get worse, according to a new report. Eighteen experts from research

A new education report gives Illinois good marks for preschool enrollment, kindergarten enrollment and post-secondary participation. (picjumbo_com/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – New research suggests Illinois could be doing a better job preparing its kids for the future. The annual "Chance-for-Success" index released by Education Week grades states based on 13 distinct factors that affect a person's opportunities from cradle to career. Illinois w

New research says black students are severely under-represented at Illinois' selective public colleges. (COD Newsroom/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Public college students in Illinois are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today. A report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed white students are disproportionately represented at se

The Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. (Conservation Media Library)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impa

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site needed $7 million in repairs in 2017. (Teemu008/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – National parks in Illinois and across the nation may be a step closer to getting much needed repairs. The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (HR 6510), which would use revenue from energy production on public lands

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