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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Public News Service - IL: Civic Engagement

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

The fight to reinstate net neutrality soon will move to another phase as the current session of Congress comes to a close. (Wikimedia)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The fight in Congress to save net neutrality this year ends as the session ends on Friday - but supporters are pushing U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and 15 other Democrats to go on record in support of it. Schneider is one of 16 Democratic holdouts who did not sign onto the petition

As long as you are in line before 7 p.m., you can still cast a ballot today. (Michael Dorausch/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinoisans have some big choices to make this Election Day. Voters will decide on several statewide races, including who will be the next governor. There are also several races for seats in the U.S. House and many key municipal races. Executive director of the League of

Illinois State Board of Elections officials estimated that about 76,000 voters may have had their information viewed by hackers during the 2016 elections. (Amanda Castleman/Twenty20)

DECATUR, Ill. - A spokesman for Illinois elections officials has referred to the state as a "poster child for how to handle cybersecurity" since the state election system was targeted by Russian-connected hackers in 2016. Illinois is expected to receive more than $13 million to prevent hackers from

President Barack Obama signed an order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Human rights dvocates are hoping legislation that would advance the voices of women and the LGBT community will make it as far as Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk, and if it does, they're urging him to sign the bills. Rep. Anna Moeller is co-author of SB 3249, which would require

More than 844 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. (CDC.gov)

CHICAGO – The 25th United Nations World Water Day is being recognized this week, and advocates are hoping the message that comes with it will inspire people to sign up for a fundraising event this spring that aims to make access to clean water easier. The Global 6K for Water walk/run is happ

The Dynegy Energy power plant above the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River operated from the 1950s to 2011. (prairierivers.org)

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Illinois is home to only one National Scenic River: the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. And environmental groups say it's being threatened by toxic coal ash waste that's seeping from a shuttered power plant owned by Dynegy. Earthjustice and Prairie Rivers said they have

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