PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 

Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Public News Service - IL: Urban Planning/Transportation

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

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

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? (

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

A new report is calling for cities to invest in trees as a way to cut pollution and help keep temperatures cooler. (V. Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report that looks at the impact that trees have on people’s health finds we need more trees. The Planting Healthy Air study from The Nature Conservancy examines the potential impact of planting trees in specific cities to lower heat and pollution, and how tha

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

Local groups, such as IIRON, have been working to create more equitable economic conditions for all Chicagoans. (Kristi Sanford/IIRON)

CHICAGO – More than 50 years has passed since the Civil Rights Act became law, but a new report shows Chicago still has a serious residential segregation problem. In 1967, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner's national commission found that the country was moving toward a more segregated society. St

A Chicago-area bike safety group is urging nighttime riders to buy good-quality bike lights to stay safe and legal. Credit: Pixabay

CHICAGO - Now that daylight-saving time has ended, bike-safety advocates are urging Chicago-area cyclists to be more careful. With daytime hours being shorter, Jason Ray Jenkins, an education specialist with the Active Transportation Alliance, said it's especially important this time of year to hav

Chicago volunteers help with an air monitor to measure diesel emissions. Credit: ELPC

CHICAGO – Trying to get a handle on how much diesel pollution is being pumped into the air by Chicago's cars, trains and trucks is serious work. Over the past few months, an air monitor has been set up in popular public places, including the Shedd Aquarium and in Chicago neighborhoods such a

Some 67 million gallons of gas will be burned by American vehicles this Labor Day Weekend. Credit: clarita/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Highways will be bustling with Labor Day Weekend travel. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts the highest volume since 2008, with an estimated 1.7 million Illinoisans driving 50 miles or more. According to the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), vehicles across

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