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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 


President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.


2020Talks - September 24, 2020 


A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Public News Service - IL: Civic Engagement

Residents have been speaking out at forums on the Illinois budget crisis. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Even though Illinois lawmakers approved a long overdue state budget over the summer, the effects of not having one for so long are still being felt across the state. Illinois has racked up $15 billion of unpaid bills and owes $250 billion in pensions to state workers when

Several groups in Illinois are encouraging more women to run for office. (il.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There's an effort underway to get more women to run for political office in Illinois. She Votes Illinois is a grassroots effort formed this year after no female candidates stepped forward to run for governor. Liz Kersjes is co-founder and chair of the group and says that'

The debate over the Second Amendment has been reignited after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (cdc.gov)

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- As the country mourns the loss of life at the hands of a gunman in Las Vegas this month, and the debate rages about gun control, some anti-violence groups are seeing an increase in membership. Lee Goodman, an organizer with the group Peaceful Communities, said every time there's

Nonprofit groups that assist immigrants in Illinois are answering questions for those concerned about the DACA renewal process.  (Resurrection Project)

CHICAGO - There's an important deadline this week for thousands of "Dreamers" across the state. Thursday is the last day to apply for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA. If your permit expires between now and March 5, said Laura Mendoza, immigration organizer w

The People's Lobby is calling on federal lawmakers to implement a fair bail system. (Tom Gaulke)

CHICAGO – Now that a judge in Cook County has ruled that a court can't set bail amounts that people can't afford, advocates want that order implemented across the state, and they're calling for federal lawmakers to do the same. In an attempt to reduce jail population, Cook County Chief Judge

Illinois is ranked 48th when it comes to its legal climate. (instituteforlegalreform.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A new report says if Illinois wants to attract and keep businesses, it needs to lose its reputation for having an open door to out-of-state attorneys bringing big litigation cases. A Harris poll that ranks states on their lawsuit climate, including unfair litigation and large

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Trust Act for immigrants recently but won't get involved in the fight over DACA. (il.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Children of undocumented immigrants, the so-called Dreamers, who live in Illinois aren't going to see action by the state protect them when it comes to immigration reform. Gov. Bruce Rauner said he's not getting involved with President Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action f

Legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn't go along with President Donald Trump's stance on immigration. (il.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While some Illinois Republicans are unhappy, the immigrant community is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promised signature on a couple of pieces of legislation. Especially under fire is Senate Bill 31, the Illinois Trust Act. It limits the role of local law enforceme

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