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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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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

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

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

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

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 new food labeling bills is good news or bad news depending on whom you ask. Credit: photologue_np/Flickr

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There are cheers and jeers for a bill approved by the U.S. House that prohibits states from requiring GMO food labeling. Richard Eidlin, vice president of policy and campaigns with the American Sustainable Business Council, says the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act wou

PHOTO: Some Illinois agricultural supporters say the FDA needs to do more to protect small farmers as it revises the Food Safety Modernization Act. Photo credit: TRiggin/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some agricultural groups in Illinois say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to go back to the drawing board as it works to revise the Food Safety Modernization Act proposed last year. Executive director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Wes King says while the changes

PHOTO: The Illinois Department of Health is holding a public comment hearing on proposed regulations on the production and sale of raw milk. Photo credit: Denis-Car Robidoux/flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some farmers and local food enthusiasts say raw milk is getting a raw deal in Illinois. For 30 years, the state has allowed Illinoisans to purchase raw milk directly from farmers with no rules. Now, the Illinois Department of Public Health is proposing raw milk producti

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