PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 

Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - IL: Philanthropy

Work continues in Illinois to keep young offenders out of adult court. (

EVANSTON, Ill. — An awards ceremony will be held Thursday night to honor those who work tirelessly to defend the rights of young people in the Illinois criminal justice system. A lot of progress has been made in Illinois, said Elizabeth Clarke, director at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, in

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, a group of activists releases its own budget plan, which the group says would put

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois urban and rural public-policy activists holds a protest in Chicago today, to unveil what it calls a "People and Planet First Budget." Illinois is the only state operating without a budget for the current year. The activist group Fair Economy Illinois argu

Advocates for the homeless say Illinois' budget battle is tying up more than $100 million set aside for affordable housing. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois has gone about half a year without a state budget, and advocates for the homeless say that's tying up more than a $100 million set aside for affordable-housing programs. According to a new report from Housing Action Illinois and other groups, the state has seven dedica

The U.S. Postal Service is helping answer thousands of Chicago-area kids' letters to Santa. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Thousands of Chicago-area kids are getting some holiday help from the Chicago Post Office. Every year, a team of "postal elves" help out with Operation Santa by collecting children's letters and email messages to Santa. Mark Reynolds, Chicago district spokesman for the U.S. Postal Servi

PHOTO: As Illinoisans reach into their wallets to donate to those less fortunate this holiday season, consumer experts say it's critical they do their research to avoid fraudulent charities and scam activists. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - The holiday season is a time of giving, but Illinoisans are being encouraged to look more closely at the "big picture" of a charity before donating to it. A recent study from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) revealed people consider the finances of an organization to be the most important

GRAPHIC: As part of #GivingTuesday, the #ILGIVEBIG initiative is aimed at raising $12 million for Illinois nonprofit organizations in one day. Graphic courtesy of the Donor Forum.

CHICAGO - With Black Friday and Cyber Monday receding in the rearview mirror, today marks a day dedicated to giving back as Illinoisans are encouraged to join a new tradition of generosity on #GivingTuesday. Nonprofit organizations around the state are working to raise $12 million in one day throug

PHOTO: On Saturday, students from Western Illinois University will join millions of Americans in the largest community service effort in the nation. Photo of students volunteering. Courtesy WIU.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of Illinoisans will step up and give back to their communities Saturday as part of national Make a Difference Day. The event is the largest day of community service, as millions of volunteers across the country work on projects to help others. At Western Illin

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