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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2018 


The Trump administration moves to narrow the definition of sexual identity. Also on the Monday rundown: is climate change causing a shift eastward for Tornado Alley? Plus Election Day should find more polling places on Nevada Tribal Lands.

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Public News Service - IL: Civil Rights

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

As Illinois kids and parents shop for school supplies, state lawmakers are still bickering over school funding legislation. (Victoria Jordan)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As kids are getting ready to start the school year in Illinois, there's still no funding plan in place to run the school districts across the state. In a 38-19 vote on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of Senate Bill 1. Rauner said

Attorneys are busy preparing a lawsuit that would require the State Illinois to ensure better medical care for people in prison. (ACLU)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates for the nearly 50,000 people incarcerated in Illinois say they won't give up the fight to ensure those people receive good medical and dental care. A federal judge recently ruled that long standing problems must be addressed by improving the entire prison health

Attorneys flocked to airports in Illinois and around the country to help those impacted by a travel ban issued by President Trump. (icirr.org)

CHICAGO — Immigrant rights groups are stepping forward to help those affected by President Trump's executive order barring entrance into the U.S. by refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawrence Benito, CEO and executive director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and R

The 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline route begins in North Dakota and ends up in Illinois. (epa.gov)

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. – Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continued over the holiday weekend, and hundreds have been arrested, but environmental advocates in Illinois are urging a show of support. The 1,200-mile pipeline would carry oil across four states to a shipping point in Marion

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