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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - IL: Livable Wages/Working Families

Twenty-eight states have passed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A publication that takes a look every year at legislation debated across the nation is highlighting Illinois as an example of good laws put on the books. The state took steps to reduce recidivism by enacting laws that help former inmates reintegrate into society, including fin

Illinois has been in the nation's longest state-budget deadlock since the Great Depression, and not much headway was made over the holiday weekend. (Meagan Davis/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Finally, a budget bill has passed both houses of the Illinois Legislature, but the battle is far from over. The $36 billion spending plan raises the income tax rate to 4.95 percent, a 32 percent increase. Gov. Bruce Rauner took less than two hours on Tuesday to veto it, only to

A campaign is under way to save Medicare for Illinois residents. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A campaign has been launched in Illinois to save Medicare. AARP is trying to rally state residents to write or call members of Congress to save the program that affects millions of people. AARP State Director Bob Gallo says a new voucher plan that's being discussed to rep

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., kicked off a rally Sunday protesting the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (seiuhcilin.org)

CHICAGO -- Rallies were held across the country over the weekend to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois attended a rally at the SEIU Healthcare Office in Chicago on Sunday. He said that the GOP-led assault on President Obama's signature healthcare law

Illinois' uninsured rate for children has dropped 40 percent in two years, according to a new report. (samsha.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The United States has reached a milestone when it comes to making sure that all children have health insurance, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. It shows 95 percent of the nation's children are covered and Illinois is

Consumer advocates hold a summit in Chicago this week about how Social Security and the gender wage gap affect women's retirement plans. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Women's issues have largely been missing from talks about how to keep the Social Security program strong far into the future, some advocates say. This week, it will be one of the topics at a summit in Chicago. Social Security is the primary source of income for about one-i

More than 100 Illinois fast-food workers are in Virginia for the first-ever nationwide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Thousands of workers from across the country, including Illinois, have converged on Richmond, Virginia, this weekend to ramp up the fight for better wages and call attention to what poverty is doing to people of color. It's the first-ever nationwide Fight for $15 convention, bei

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

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