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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

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

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

Legislation in the U.S. House could mean more radioactive material moving through Illinois. (illinois.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Environmental groups have a warning for the nation's leaders: Haste will make more waste. A House vote could come as soon as this week on legislation known as the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017." The bill would mean building more temporary storage facilities around

A new book calls for planners to think ahead about where solar and wind farms will go. (energy.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As more Americans realize the need to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, there's a need to plan those changes carefully or environmentalists say we're just trading one problem for another. Joe Kiesecker, the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy's Global

Energy harnessed from the sun is growing in popularity in Illinois. (ruralsolarstories.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite some setbacks on the national level when it comes to clean, renewable energy, Illinois is moving forward in the solar and wind sector. The Future Energy Jobs bill was signed into law late last year, and it requires the state to have at least an additional 3,000 me

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

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