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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - IL: Consumer Issues

Advocates say low-income residents in Illinois are most impacted by pollution from power plants. (sierraclub.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Residents, and health and environmental experts are pushing back against a state government plan to aid Dynegy Coal Plants, claiming the company is being allowed to rewrite clean-air rules.
 Opponents of the plan say efforts to change how emissions are controlled and

To avoid falling victim to a scam, don't open email attachments or text links from people you don't know. (bbb.org)

CHICAGO – In 2017, phishing – those emails or texts that look legitimate but are not – became the number one scam in the U.S., knocking the tax collection scam out of first place. Once a bogus phishing text or email is opened, thieves can often access personal information on a ph

Residents have been speaking out at forums on the Illinois budget crisis. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Even though Illinois lawmakers approved a long overdue state budget over the summer, the effects of not having one for so long are still being felt across the state. Illinois has racked up $15 billion of unpaid bills and owes $250 billion in pensions to state workers when

Electric vehicles reduce utility bills, vehicle expenses, and our reliance on fuel. (nrdc.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois has had years of financial problems and many who live in the state have felt the pinch through higher taxes and reduced services, but a recent report says if the state embraced electric vehicles it could bring up to $43 billion in cumulative benefits by 2050. The

Questions about Medicare coverage? Informational meetings are scheduled across Illinois through October. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As older folks in Illinois age and make more trips to their local hospital or to see a doctor, questions may come up about their health care options and insurance coverage. Courtney Hedderman, the associate state director for advocacy and outreach with AARP Illinois, says

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 is ranked 48th when it comes to its legal climate. (instituteforlegalreform.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A new report says if Illinois wants to attract and keep businesses, it needs to lose its reputation for having an open door to out-of-state attorneys bringing big litigation cases. A Harris poll that ranks states on their lawsuit climate, including unfair litigation and large

Critics say fracking leaves White County vulnerable because of high levels of naturally occurring radioactivity and seismic activity. (il.gov)

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- High volume fracking has come to Illinois, and environmental groups are gearing up for a battle. Late last week, the state Department of Natural Resources granted Kansas-based Woolsey Companies a permit to begin fracking at a site in White County, despite cries from environme

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