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217 Today: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Capitol News Illinois

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.