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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - IL: Consumer Issues

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

A rally outside a McDonald's in Chicago is one of many to be held Monday around the state. (fightfor15.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Low-wage workers are walking off the job this Labor Day and calling out Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his veto of a $15 an hour minimum wage. Members of Fight for $15 and the Service Employees International Union are holding rallies Monday in Chicago and other Illinois c

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

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

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