PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2019 

The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship question – we have a pair of reports. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A look at how poor teacher pay and benefits can threaten preschoolers' success. And the Nevada Assembly votes to restore voting rights for people who've served their time in prison.

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

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

PHOTO: State legislators are considering legislation that opponents say unfairly raises rates for Exelon ratepayers in order to pad the company's profits. Photo credit: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Exelon is looking for a $300 million subsidy for its nuclear plants, and it wants Illinois ratepayers to foot the bill. Under House Bill 3293, the energy company would get $1.5 billion over five years from ratepayers that would be distributed to low-carbon energy sources.

PHOTO: The Environmental Law and Policy Center says more than 400 companies are providing over 20,000 wind and solar energy-related jobs in Illinois. Photo courtesy of ELPC.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Clean energy companies are finding a home in Illinois. A new report from the Environmental Law and Policy Center says more than 20,000 Illinoisans work in wind power and solar energy markets. Center Executive Director Howard Learner predicts continued investments in renewable ene

PHOTO: Illinois has made a major advancement in an annual state list of employment in the solar industry. According to The Solar foundation, Illinois added 1,700 solar jobs in 2014, jumping from 20th to 12th nationally. Photo credit: Scott Liddell/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois. A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois. Br

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