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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2019 


A new report says the really rich get richer. Also on the Tuesday rundown: A new effort to clear the smoke from Kentucky schools; and businesses get tips on being family-friendly.

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Public News Service - IL: Youth Issues

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

Almost 17,000 students in Illinois alone will receive student-loan debt relief under a new settlement. (Nruedisueli/Twenty20)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Almost 180,000 former students at for-profit adult education schools headquartered in Illinois will not have to pay back almost $500 million in student loan debt, under a settlement won by 49 state attorneys general, including Illinois AG Lisa Madigan. The company, Career

New research says black students are severely under-represented at Illinois' selective public colleges. (COD Newsroom/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Public college students in Illinois are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today. A report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed white students are disproportionately represented at se

Advocates say the juvenile court system offers more rehabilitative resources than the adult system. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some advocates and policymakers are hopeful Illinois will become part of a wave of national juvenile justice reform. Vermont recently passed a law expanding juvenile jurisdiction to include youths up to age 20, and Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a similar measure as

Ten years ago, state lawmakers banned smoking in most public places. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill headed for Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk would make Illinois the sixth state in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 2332 narrowly passed the Illinois House last week after an initial failed effort. Opponents, in

A bill that aims to reduce carjacking would put the burden on juvenile justice advocates to prove their clients should be freed until their cases are resolved. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Claiming not to know that a car is stolen would no longer be a major factor in prosecuting suspected carjackers under a bill pending in Springfield. But its critics say the protection is crucial for many unknowing teens and passengers caught up in a bad situation. Support

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would allow children to receive medical marijuana in schools is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. Supporters are quick to snuff claims that the bill would lead to kids smoking pot in schools. The bill dubbed "Ashley's Law" is named after Ashley Surin, an

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

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