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217 Today: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Senate President Don Harmon says he thinks lawmakers are close to a compromise on a massive energy proposal.

  • Health officials are warning residents in northern Illinois to stay away from potentially dangerous debris after a chemical fire Monday.

  • Artists from the Champaign-Urbana area will once against be showcased at the 19th annual Boneyard Arts Festival this weekend.

  • Almost 94,000 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Champaign County, which is about 52% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population.

In today’s deep dive, most states don’t allow trans people to correct their names on marriage certificates, even after going through a legal name change. But legislators and advocates hope to make Illinois the second state to permit marriage certificate name changes.

Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold, Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco, Jim Meadows and Christine Hatfield.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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