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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2019 


G-7 meeting may move to Camp David; conservation groups sound alarm about acting BLM chief; NC suit aims to change solitary confinement policy there; questions about Amazon Ring coordination with police; and microbes might help in earthquakes.

2020Talks - October 21, 2019 


2016 candidate Hillary Clinton says Russia is "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders has biggest Democratic campaign event this season so far.

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Public News Service - IL: Civil Rights

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

More than 290 anti-abortion bills have been filed in 45 states this year. (traci1/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois state leaders are making moves this week to ensure women's rights to reproductive health care are protected. Senate Bill 25, known as the Reproductive Health Act, is in the hands of the Senate Public Health Committee, after the House version was passed this week.

Supporters of bail reform say cash bonds favor the wealthy. (3839153/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Il. — Illinois' Bail Reform Act of 2017 has been in effect for more than a year now. And lawmakers in Springfield will hear Tuesday from folks who think the law needs tinkering, and others who want more reforms. The law was aimed at eliminating the role of money and ensuring tha

Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation for African Americans, according to a new analysis. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While all racial and ethnic groups are making gains in employment, new data reveals African Americans in Illinois are still falling behind. A report from the Economic Policy Institute analyzes new unemployment figures from the fourth quarter of 2018. It found that Illinoi

One potential change to Chicago Police protocol is to avoid making arrests for minor offenses. (Pixabay)

CHICAGO – The public comment period for a consent decree to govern how Chicago Police officers use force and are held accountable ends today. Backers of police reform – including the ACLU and Black Lives Matter – are in a tug-of-war with the Illinois attorney general's office and

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

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

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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