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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

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: Energy Policy

A move to bring more energy efficiency, including solar power, to Illinois under the Clean Power Plan could save commercial building owners millions of dollars by 2030, according to new research. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chicago is one of the world's most iconic city skylines, but a new report shows Illinois could do more to make those towering commercial buildings more eco-friendly - and save money in the process. New research from Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy estimated Illinoi

Environmentalists are claiming a win now that a federal judge is allowing them to weigh in on the largest U.S. coal producer's bankruptcy hearings. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign. The company is filing for bankruptcy and has

A move to allow downstate Illinois energy customers access to their usage data on smartphones and tablets via Smart Meters is being debated this month before the state's Commerce Commission. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois environmental protection group is continuing a push to get one of the state's largest energy providers to adopt new ways for customers to get real-time data on their electricity use. The idea has already been adopted by ComEd, which serves millions of customers in

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

Exelon, which runs this power plant in Byron, Ill., says it needs help to keep several plants from closing, while senior and consumer advocates argue the company is essentially asking for a taxpayer bailout. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers on Thursday will be considering a bill that opponents say would be a taxpayer bailout of one of the country's most profitable energy companies. At issue is Senate Bill 1585, which would allow Chicago-based energy giant Exelon to mandate a surcharge on electric

An $18.5 million settlement with Peoples Gas over misleading statements is earning praise from an Illinois consumer watchdog. (iStockphoto)

Springfield, IL - One of Illinois' largest gas providers is on the hook for more than $18 million over misleading statements about the costs of upgrading its aging pipe system. This comes after the former owners of Peoples Gas admitted to deceiving customers and state investigators. The company ori

According to the American Lung Association, more than a million people in Illinois are living with health issues exacerbated by serious air-pollution problems. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Air quality in Illinois is a mixed bag, according to the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. Out of 23 Illinois counties with air-quality monitors, the report gives 16 failing grades for high ozone pollution. Nationally, the Chicago area ranked 21st

Solar is becoming a popular, cost-effective energy option in Illinois. Credit: charlesa46741/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Living off the sun's power may seem futuristic, but it's a reality for many Illinoisans. During the Illinois Solar Power Tour on Saturday, more than 80 businesses and homes around the state will showcase their use of solar arrays and other renewable-energy installations. Lisa Al

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