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President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - IL: Youth

Experts recommend that children have an established

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's "Give Kids a Smile Day," when dozens of dentists provide free teeth cleaning and oral health screenings to youngsters throughout Illinois. Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness, and one in five Illinois third-graders has untreated tooth decay. Preside

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t

There was a 5% drop in the number of youth admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois from 2016 to 2017. (Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People who support alternatives to detention for kids in trouble say the stage is set to bring lasting reforms to Illinois's juvenile-justice system. A recent report shows about 500 fewer young people were admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016 - a

In the United States, 8% of children suffer from asthma. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The chaos of family life could be detrimental to health outcomes for children with severe asthma, new research shows. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the connection between parent and child depression, family functioning and child asthma man

Experts say there are collateral consequences for older youths who have an adult criminal record.<br />(Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers, along with state and national judicial leaders, will get an international perspective today on ways to create better outcomes for emerging adults in the justice system. This group ranges in age from 18 to about 25 and, according to research, has the highest r

Experts say a majority of adult smokers picked up the habit before age 21. (Hans Martin Paul/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – "Tobacco 21" legislation is now in the hands of the Illinois Senate. House lawmakers passed HB 345 on Tuesday, which would raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Similar legislation was vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner last year, who

A majority of adults age 18 to 25 who are incarcerated in Illinois are there for nonviolent offenses. (Lechenie-narkomonii/Pixabay)

CHICAGO – Illinoisans ages 18 to 25 are not children anymore, but many are not quite grown up either. New research examines how the state can better help these emerging adults in the criminal justice system. A report released Thursday by the Justice Lab at Columbia University says emerging

A new education report gives Illinois good marks for preschool enrollment, kindergarten enrollment and post-secondary participation. (picjumbo_com/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – New research suggests Illinois could be doing a better job preparing its kids for the future. The annual "Chance-for-Success" index released by Education Week grades states based on 13 distinct factors that affect a person's opportunities from cradle to career. Illinois w

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