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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - IL: Housing/Homelessness

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ

Health advocates say Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to overhaul Illinois' home and community care program could force thousands of seniors into nursing homes. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers are taking a close look this week at proposed changes to the state's senior home care program that would slash funding by about $200 million. Advocates for the state's aging population say Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal could force more than 40,000 senior

Local groups, such as IIRON, have been working to create more equitable economic conditions for all Chicagoans. (Kristi Sanford/IIRON)

CHICAGO – More than 50 years has passed since the Civil Rights Act became law, but a new report shows Chicago still has a serious residential segregation problem. In 1967, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner's national commission found that the country was moving toward a more segregated society. St

Some senior home-care workers could see a 50 percent pay cut by Friday if Illinois' budget impasse continues. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois' longtime budget impasse means hundreds of senior home-care workers could see their paychecks cut in half as soon as Friday. The state owes about $1 million in payments to Family Home Service in Chicago. Since the impasse began in July, FHS office manager Marsha Holmes

Illinois activists say research shows taxpayers are subsidizing low-wage employers.(iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois community activists are continuing their push for the passage of a bill that would force large employers to either pay a livable wage or pay a fine. It's called the Cook County Responsible Business Act. Supporters say the county could lead the way for the r

While health care access has improved for low-income Illinois families, a new scorecard shows the state lagging behind in other areas. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Most economists agree that the U.S. is recovering from the Great Recession, but researchers also find many families are still struggling financially. A scorecard released today by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development shows the Illinois' economy is a mixed

Advocates for the homeless say Illinois' budget battle is tying up more than $100 million set aside for affordable housing. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois has gone about half a year without a state budget, and advocates for the homeless say that's tying up more than a $100 million set aside for affordable-housing programs. According to a new report from Housing Action Illinois and other groups, the state has seven dedica

An AARP survey of about 1,000 Illinois seniors shows 9 in 10 oppose any plans for a state retirement income tax. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois continues its nearly six-month-long budget battle, a new survey shows much of the state's senior population is opposed to a retirement income tax. Illinois' AARP took a poll of about 1,000 state residents ages 50 and older. Gerardo Cardenas, a spokesman for

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