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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - IL: Civic Engagement

A recent study found that the blood donations of approximately 2% of donors have antibodies for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - Illinoisans who step up to give the gift of life and donate blood right now could very well learn something new about their own health. The American Red Cross started offering COVID-19 antibody tests in select areas in June to try to pinpoint the number of people who have been exposed to

A record number of American voters are expected to cast a ballot by mail for the general election. (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO -- With fewer than 90 days until the November election, the partisan divide over vote-by-mail appears to be growing in Illinois. To ensure the safety of voters during the pandemic, a law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker directs local election offices to send vote-by-mail ballot applications for

The U.S. Census Bureau held off making home visits because of the pandemic, but says it will start contacting Illinoisans who haven't responded for the 2020 Census in the next several weeks. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - Census workers will soon be pounding the pavement, reaching out to Illinois households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Starting July 30, census takers will be interviewing folks in nine Illinois communities: Chicago Central, Chicago Far Southwest, Chicago South, Cook Coun

The League of Women Voters seeks to empower voters of all genders and political affiliations. (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO -- August 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote in the United States. And this week, a key player in the voting-rights movement also marks a milestone. On February 14, 1920, the advocates and organizations behind the women's suffra

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

One in five Illinoisans lives with a physical or mental disability that affects their daily functioning. (Agence DER/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – Legislation that has changed the lives of millions of Americans, including nearly one in five Illinoisans, marks its 29th anniversary today. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on June 26, 1990, and is considered the most significant piece of civil-rights legislat

Activists gathered in Chicago to speak out against a bill they say intends to silence protestors of oil and gas infrastructure. (The People's Lobby)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would increase penalties for damage to critical infrastructure is making its way through the Illinois Legislature, and its opponents are not backing down. Activists from social justice, environmental and faith-based groups gathered in Chicago yesterday to denoun

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

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