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PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - IL: Budget Policy & Priorities

Services to families and children in Illinois took a hit from the extended budget deadlock. (Sierra Neely)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Not so fast when it comes to celebrating Illinois' newly finalized, balanced budget. Advocates for low-income children say there's a lot of ground to make up after two years without a spending plan. Vendors and service agencies didn't get paid for months on end, and man

There's a lot of grumbling in Illinois over the budget lawmakers approved last week. (progressillinois.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois finally has a balanced budget, but it slaps a 32 percent income tax hike on state residents, and it still means cutting programs and services by more than $2 billion. The income tax increase means individuals will pay 4.95 percent instead of 3.75 percent. The cor

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

If a balanced budget isn't in place on July 1, Illinois could become the first state with a

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois faces the prospect of being the first state to go three straight years without a balanced budget. Advocacy groups on all sides are calling on state lawmakers to stop the bickering and break the gridlock that affects residents of all a

Lawmakers are being asked to advance progressive legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. (era.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Women will be making their voices heard at the state Capitol Tuesday. The Illinois Women March on Springfield is being held to bring attention to the lack of a state budget, equal pay, and immigration and LGBTQ issues. March organizer Tracy Baim says women and minority g

Many roads and bridges in Illinois and across the nation aren't as safe as they could be, but will money be allocated to fix them? (idot.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While Illinois lawmakers continue to grapple with how to balance an overdue budget, they're being urged to keep the safety of the state's roads and bridges in mind. According to the latest report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers, there's a lot of work to be

Attention is being drawn to a precious commodity to many across the globe: water. (bloodwater.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Wednesday is World Water Day, and Illinoisans are being asked to step up conservation to help people in this country and all over the world. According to the U.N, there are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. Although it's not

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

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