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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - IL: Public Lands/Wilderness

A new book calls for planners to think ahead about where solar and wind farms will go. (energy.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As more Americans realize the need to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, there's a need to plan those changes carefully or environmentalists say we're just trading one problem for another. Joe Kiesecker, the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy's Global

Advocates are urging people to let the country's leaders know how much they value clean water. (globalchange.gov)

CHICAGO – There's a lot of uncertainty since the results of the presidential election became known, but instead of worrying about what might happen, an advocacy group for the Great Lakes says now is the time to make sure your local, state and national leaders know that clean drinking water nee

Massive sand erosion is eating away at the wildlife habitat areas of Illinois' State Beach Park. A new regional plan aims to reverse that trend. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help. For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand alo

After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum

The Illinois Prescribed Fire Council says landowners should be burning at least 213,000 more acres each year to protect wildlife habitats from invasive plants. (Ferran Salat Coll/The Nature Conservancy)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Conservation groups say Illinois could be using controlled fires more often and more effectively to help protect wildlife habitat and clean up areas that need it. Groups such as the Nature Conservancy cite a new report that shows the state should be burning at least 213,000 acr

Millions of dollars are heading to Illinois wildlife projects, including saving the endangered osprey. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Several Midwestern states, including Illinois, are getting millions of dollars to help protect fishing, hunting and wildlife areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is setting aside $21 million for conservation efforts in Illinois. Over the past two years, the Service's Wildli

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin,

A photo exhibit aims to spotlight a controversial potential real-estate development on natural lands along Lake Michigan. Credit: James Cook/Mary Lou Graham/Erin Wilkinson

CHICAGO - An art exhibit opening today in Chicago is focused on capturing the beauty of an ecologically sensitive area on Lake Michigan. Brad Klein, senior attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the center is showcasing the photos of three artists to help bring attention to a s

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