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217 Today: Coal ash is polluting Illinois rivers. Environmentalists want the state to move faster to stop it

Germaine Light, a nearby resident of the Vermilion River, walks her dog, Pippin, along the Middle Fork. Light is concerned about the threat coal ash has on the river.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • Credit monitoring agencies wouldn’t have access to some medical debt information under a bill Illinois lawmakers just approved.
  • Illinois Republicans in Springfield are urging the state Senate to pass legislation aimed at authority figures in schools who sexually abuse students.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says while people should expect protests at the Democratic National Convention, they should also expect a strong security presence.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn that some environmentalists want the state to move faster to stop coal ash from polluting Illinois rivers. 

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Jade Marceau and Madison Holcomb. 

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.