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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - IL: Poverty

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 estimates more than 400,000 residents will receive federal food benefits at least one month this year. (Gemma Billings/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A change to eligibility for federal food assistance could affect hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. Able bodied people ages 18 to 49 without dependents, who work fewer than 20 hours a week, can only receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

A survey found that if given the opportunity, nearly half of non-unionized workers would join a union. (Fibonnaci Blue/Flickr)

CHICAGO – Employees of McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and other fast food chains in Chicago will be walking the picket lines Thursday in a continued push for better pay and unions. They'll be joined by service workers at airports, child care centers, colleges and hospitals in the Fight for

Correctional facilities assign incarcerated people to work as close to a regular day as possible, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Rennett Stowe/Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO – It's been more than a month since legislation that would eliminate co-pays for doctor visits to prison inmates went to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk for approval. Prison-reform advocates are calling for the governor to sign House Bill 5104 to get rid of the $5 fee inmates have to pay to g

Nearly half of college students say they're food insecure. (chicagohomeless.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it. So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial rea

There are 40 safety-net hospitals serving low-income and uninsured residents in Illinois. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have been discussing funding for so-called safety-net hospitals: those that are required to provide medical services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and that often are the only facilities that will accept low-income patients. The facilities a

The number of homeless young women, in Illinois and across the country, has been on the rise. (health.gov)

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- A program that helps homeless young women in Illinois is taking a new approach with the new year. The Harbour began in 1971 and now serves 39 communities in the state, offering a safe place to stay for girls and young women. Executive Director Kris Salyards said in a tense situ

A rally outside a McDonald's in Chicago is one of many to be held Monday around the state. (fightfor15.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Low-wage workers are walking off the job this Labor Day and calling out Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his veto of a $15 an hour minimum wage. Members of Fight for $15 and the Service Employees International Union are holding rallies Monday in Chicago and other Illinois c

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