PNS Daily Newscast - June 1, 2020 

Protests over Floyd killing go global while U.S. demonstrations focus on a number of recent victim's of alleged lethal police misconduct.

2020Talks - June 1, 2020 

Protests continued over the police killing of George Floyd over the weekend, with police using excessive force against demonstrators. Former VP Joe Biden urged against violence.

Public News Service - IL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a

PHOTO: Dozens of LGBTQ teens in Illinois will gather this weekend to discuss the current issues impacting homeless youth, and brainstorm solutions with community leaders and policy makers. Photo credit: Tracy Baim/Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – An event this weekend in Chicago will shine a public spotlight on LGBTQ youth homelessness in Illinois. Tracy Baim, publisher of the gay and lesbian publication Windy City Times, is the host of the summit, “Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!” She says about

GRAPHIC: A new study finds 38 million Americans drink too much, and despite the health risks, very few are honest with their doctor about their behavior. Infographic courtesty of CDC.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Many Illinoisans are pouring themselves a few too many on a regular basis, and despite the health risks, a new study from the CDC finds that they are not discussing their drinking habits with their doctors. The report found that at least 38 million Americans drink too much, but o

PHOTO: Leaders in the healthcare field say prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic status in Illinois, in all corners of the state. Photo credit: CDC/Amanda Mills.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues in Illinois, with more deaths now linked to prescription pain medications than to illicit street drugs. A new analysis shows that prescription and over-the-counter painkillers are the number-one cause of exposure-related calls to

PHOTO: Illinoisans are encouraged to help keep roadways safe during the holiday season by always designating a sober driver.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - This week begins one of the most dangerous times of the year on Illinois roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in accidents involving impaired drivers increases substantially from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve

PHOTO: The rooftop garden at the Gary Comer Youth Center. Courtesy of Gary Comer Youth Center.

CHICAGO - Chicago is having a lot of problems with violent crime these days, and Illinois parents are concerned about what their children are doing after school. According to the After School Alliance, more than a half-million Illinois school kids are taking care of themselves. But not at the Gary C

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the State of Illinois' unpaid bills are expected to exceed $5.5 billion by June, teachers are losing jobs and people who need counseling are being turned away from treatment centers because of staff cutbacks. Today, protesters rally once again at the Capitol to restate their c

Chicago – With growing disparities in drug sentences according to race, some experts say Illinois needs a new direction in drug policy. A conference in Chicago today will examine ways to make it happen. Despite the fact that the rates of illicit drug use vary little by ethnicity, many studies

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