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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IL: Family/Father Issues

Car manufacturers are required to have at least three anchors for straps that hold child car seats. (V.Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The majority of forward-facing car seats aren't being used properly, despite the strong emphasis on education on the topic, and a desire by parents and caregivers to keep children safe. Safe Kids Worldwide has launched a campaign called "Take Time to Tether" to encourage every

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Trust Act for immigrants recently but won't get involved in the fight over DACA. (il.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Children of undocumented immigrants, the so-called Dreamers, who live in Illinois aren't going to see action by the state protect them when it comes to immigration reform. Gov. Bruce Rauner said he's not getting involved with President Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action f

Department of Child and Family Service officials promise changes during a joint Senate hearing this week. (senatorjuliemorrison.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Changes are promised at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after the death this spring of a toddler from Joliet. And some state lawmakers say if more safety precautions aren't put into place, legislation forcing the issue will be forthcoming. DCFS official

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

About 125,000 Illinois children are abused or neglected each year, but authorities suspect as many as 100,000 additional cases go unreported. (tx.us)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in Illinois, 125,000 children are the victims of abuse or neglect each year. According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the problem could actually be worse, with as many as 100,000 abuse cases a year going un

People who have lived in the United States for most of their lives say they live in fear they'll be deported. (D. Miranda)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Advocates and politicians are speaking out almost daily about President Trump's plans to build a wall and deport millions of people from the United States, but those who are here illegally aren't making their voice heard as much - mostly because they say they're afraid. Ju

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a bill on his desk that would allow people who are confined to their homes more choice when it comes to who takes care of them. (nc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates are hoping the new year will bring with it a signature on a bill they say protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities. Senate Bill 261 was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner early this month. The legislation was in response to Illinois' Department of Hu

Six in ten Illinois residents say they would leave the state if a retirement tax is put in place. (Ruby Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Now that the election is over, Illinois lawmakers are expected to shift their focus back to the huge budget deficit that's been plaguing the state. The topic could be on the agenda for this month's veto session, and may also be an issue during the lame-duck session which st

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