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Public News Service - IL: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

One in five children in Illinois is food insecure. (usda)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – One in nine households in Illinois struggles to put food on the table every day, and 1 in 5 children is hungry on a consistent basis. The anti-hunger group Bread for the World says it will push the new Trump administration to find a solution. The Rev. David Beckmann, Br

Advocates say there's no reason the presidential candidates shouldn't be talking about hunger and poverty as they try to win the White House. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The presidential candidates in two formal debates and on the campaign trial have talked about jobs and the economy, immigration and keeping America secure, but advocates say the candidates aren't discussing what they'll do to end hunger and poverty in this country. Eric M

New numbers show Illinois lags behind most of the country in providing free or reduced cost summer meals for children from lower-income families. (Illinois State Board of Education)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – About a third of all children in Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from, and a new report says very few low-income children will be getting the food they need during the summer. The report, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," says last year, only 1 in 7 lo

Local fast-food workers are joining in what they call the

CHICAGO - Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers in about 300 cities across the globe, including Chicago, are joining in what they call the "biggest-ever day of strikes and protests" over minimum-wage raises. In Illinois, the Fight for 15 campaign is targeting Oak Brook-based McDonald's,

Illinois local food producers are backing plans to keep the state's public seed libraries free from what they call over-regulation. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates of sustainable food are in Springfield today talking about local food policies, as a state Senate committee considers a seed-sharing bill. Supporters of HB 3130 believe it will help protect free, public seed exchanges. According to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, ove

With the U.S. Senate stalling the so-called DARK Act, opponents of the bill are calling it a big win for consumers. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that opponents call the DARK Act, or Deny Americans the Right to Know. The bill would have reversed some strict genetically modified food laws that some states already have passed. It also would have prohibited other states from apply

Low-income and workers' rights groups say Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address is more of the same. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some unions, health-care workers and low-income advocacy groups are saying Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address is more of the same. As the state continues a historic budget battle, social service and higher-education programs have seen huge cuts. Activists such as Toby Cho

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

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