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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 29th, 2017 


Here's what's happening: Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for 100 days, the People's Climate march on Washington is taking place today, and another missle launch from North Korea.

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Public News Service - IL: Disabilities

About 1 million people are living with Parkinson's disease in the United States. (Kelly Weinschreider)

CHICAGO – Actor Michael J. Fox has drawn attention to a disease that plagues about 1 million people in the U.S. – Parkinson's. It's a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that causes shaking, tremors and a loss of balance. Parkinson's disease affects about 1 in 100 people, and o

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a bill on his desk that would allow people who are confined to their homes more choice when it comes to who takes care of them. (nc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates are hoping the new year will bring with it a signature on a bill they say protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities. Senate Bill 261 was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner early this month. The legislation was in response to Illinois' Department of Hu

A series of paintings and murals are being placed around the country to celebrate Americans who have sacrificed for others. (Mark Paul John)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – News coverage is all about the election this week, but it is also Veterans Day. Today's the day the country honors members of the military who have fought and sacrificed to protect everyone else. Mark Paul John is a self-taught artist who's traveling the country painting

Advocates say some long-term relationships between caregivers and home-bound residents are threatened because of the state's effort to cut overtime hours. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) holds a public hearing today about overtime rules for the Home Services Program. It's a state program that sends home-care assistants to help people with severe disabilities. In May, the state put new rules into place limitin

Illinois officials suspended overtime restrictions affecting about 8,000 Illinois home-care workers the same day as a class-action lawsuit was to be filed over the rules. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory. The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to fil

A new report from disability-rights advocates say Illinois new overtime cuts are limiting the independence and health-care options of those who rely on home-care services. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows people with disabilities and the people hired to care for them are facing problems due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new overtime policy for the Illinois' Home Services Program. A group of disability advocates released a new report detailing how about 30,000 Illinoi

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

Some health-care advocates say Illinois' new overtime pay ban for home-care workers already is reducing services for people with disabilities. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois advocates for in-home health-care workers and their clients say the state's new overtime pay ban already may be harming the people who rely on those services. Gov. Bruce Rauner's change to not allow overtime hours at time-and-a-half pay for home health-care workers went

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