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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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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

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

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

A new campaign called 'Enough is Enough' is under way in Illinois to get lawmakers to pass a balanced budget. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois' budget stalemate is more than two years old now and it's not sitting well with state residents. Illinois is projected to spend $13 billion more than it will collect in taxes this year, and Ryan Gruenenfelder, the manager of advocacy and outreach for AARP Illinoi

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

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

One in five children in Illinois is food insecure. (usda)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – One in nine households in Illinois struggles to put food on the table every day, and 1 in 5 children is hungry on a consistent basis. The anti-hunger group Bread for the World says it will push the new Trump administration to find a solution. The Rev. David Beckmann, Br

Illinois' uninsured rate for children has dropped 40 percent in two years, according to a new report. (samsha.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The United States has reached a milestone when it comes to making sure that all children have health insurance, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. It shows 95 percent of the nation's children are covered and Illinois is

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