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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Thousands of homes and businesses have been inundated by floodwaters this summer. (noaa.gov)

ALGONQUIN, Ill. -- Mother Nature has been tough on northern Illinois this summer. Damaging floods have occurred as the Des Plaines and Fox rivers crest their banks after back-to-back violent storms. The swollen Fox River in Alqonquin has been at flood stage for over two weeks. Vince Kilcullen, stre

People who know someone who gives their time to help others are being encouraged to nominate them for the 50@50 awards. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Nominations are being sought for those who donate their time and energy to improve the lives of others. Fifty of Illinois' “unsung heroes” are being recognized for their work helping nonprofit groups, the arts and culture, and small businesses in their communi

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

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

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

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

Consumer advocates hold a summit in Chicago this week about how Social Security and the gender wage gap affect women's retirement plans. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Women's issues have largely been missing from talks about how to keep the Social Security program strong far into the future, some advocates say. This week, it will be one of the topics at a summit in Chicago. Social Security is the primary source of income for about one-i

Illinois officials suspended overtime restrictions affecting about 8,000 Illinois home-care workers the same day as a class-action lawsuit was to be filed over the rules. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory. The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to fil

Advocates say two new laws will help protect health-care options for women in Illinois. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois reproductive-rights advocates are claiming a win after Governor Bruce Rauner signed new laws aimed at improving women's access to health care. One of the new laws, House Bill 5576, requires that insurance companies in Illinois have to provide coverage for nearly all

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