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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

Midwestern states are being called on to follow Illinois' lead after a sweeping renewable-technology bill was recently signed into law. (elpc.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Strides are being made in the Midwest when it comes to renewable energy, but there's still lots of room for improvement. Illinois is being praised for last month's passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill, with some calling it the most important climate bill in state histor

Legislation to bail Exelon Energy out in Illinois has been approved by a state House committee. (Sierra Club)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Both sides say they're happy after the state House Energy Committee approved the Future Energy Jobs Bill on Tuesday. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, which is made up of environmental and business groups, faith organizations and the Citizens Utility Board, said this revis

The 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline route begins in North Dakota and ends up in Illinois. (epa.gov)

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. – Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continued over the holiday weekend, and hundreds have been arrested, but environmental advocates in Illinois are urging a show of support. The 1,200-mile pipeline would carry oil across four states to a shipping point in Marion

Exelon has six nuclear generating stations in Illinois. (neis.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Much of the media focus in Illinois has been on baseball and the upcoming presidential election, but advocates for renewable energy in the state say residents need to know that later this month a nuclear bailout bill could be back in front of lawmakers. Last month, state Sen. Do

A move to bring more energy efficiency, including solar power, to Illinois under the Clean Power Plan could save commercial building owners millions of dollars by 2030, according to new research. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chicago is one of the world's most iconic city skylines, but a new report shows Illinois could do more to make those towering commercial buildings more eco-friendly - and save money in the process. New research from Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy estimated Illinoi

Environmentalists are claiming a win now that a federal judge is allowing them to weigh in on the largest U.S. coal producer's bankruptcy hearings. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign. The company is filing for bankruptcy and has

A move to allow downstate Illinois energy customers access to their usage data on smartphones and tablets via Smart Meters is being debated this month before the state's Commerce Commission. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois environmental protection group is continuing a push to get one of the state's largest energy providers to adopt new ways for customers to get real-time data on their electricity use. The idea has already been adopted by ComEd, which serves millions of customers in

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

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