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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - IL: Civic Engagement

Good-government reformers want Illinois to follow the example of states that have used citizen initiatives to establish independent commissions for redistricting in recent years. (bizoo_n/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republican lawmakers will propose a series of constitutional amendments they say would give residents a more direct voice in Illinois government, but which critics counter could give more political power to special interests. The three resolutions would open up the use of citiz

Illinois lawmakers passed the Reproductive Health Act in 2019 to ensure continued access to reproductive health, including abortion, regardless of federal court precedent. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CHICAGO -- Reproductive health providers in Illinois are preparing for an influx of patients if the 6-3 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Ten states currently have abortion "trigger laws", meaning abortion bans or restrictions that are unenforc

Police say no arrests were made during Wednesday night's

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CHICAGO - Social-justice groups are reminding Illinoisans about their rights when it comes to defending democracy. Historic numbers of voters cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election, and counts still are being finalized across the country. Activists in Illinois and other states are taking t

Chicago-area high school students are phone-banking from home as part of a get-out-the-vote effort. (Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- While they can't legally cast a ballot themselves yet, dozens of Illinois high school students are working to ensure that people of voting age understand the importance of their civic duty. As part of the WOKE Project, roughly 130 young people from three Chicago-area high schools are wor

A recent study found that the blood donations of approximately 2% of donors have antibodies for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO - Illinoisans who step up to give the gift of life and donate blood right now could very well learn something new about their own health. The American Red Cross started offering COVID-19 antibody tests in select areas in June to try to pinpoint the number of people who have been exposed to

A record number of American voters are expected to cast a ballot by mail for the general election. (AdobeStock)

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CHICAGO -- With fewer than 90 days until the November election, the partisan divide over vote-by-mail appears to be growing in Illinois. To ensure the safety of voters during the pandemic, a law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker directs local election offices to send vote-by-mail ballot applications for

The U.S. Census Bureau held off making home visits because of the pandemic, but says it will start contacting Illinoisans who haven't responded for the 2020 Census in the next several weeks. (Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO - Census workers will soon be pounding the pavement, reaching out to Illinois households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Starting July 30, census takers will be interviewing folks in nine Illinois communities: Chicago Central, Chicago Far Southwest, Chicago South, Cook Coun

The League of Women Voters seeks to empower voters of all genders and political affiliations. (AdobeStock)

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CHICAGO -- August 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote in the United States. And this week, a key player in the voting-rights movement also marks a milestone. On February 14, 1920, the advocates and organizations behind the women's suffra

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