217 Today: Wednesday November 18, 2020

 
 At the beginning of the pandemic, many 12-step programs had to suspend in person meetings.

At the beginning of the pandemic, many 12-step programs had to suspend in person meetings.

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Wednesday November 18, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • For the past week, there have been more Illinoisans hospitalized with coronavirus than there were when the state experienced its first COVID-19 peak in the spring. As a result, Governor JB Pritzker announced increased restrictions on businesses throughout the state.

  • Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Water Act applies to groundwater contamination – which can leak into waterways like lakes or rivers. Environmental groups are fighting to define how that ruling applies toIllinois rivers.

  • Decatur Public School officials announced yesterday that they will follow guidance from the Macon County Health Department and have students learn virtually through at least January 15th.

In today’s deep dive, the continued stress from COVID-19 has heightened mental health problems nationwide. Some experts say that has led to an increase in drug overdoses.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Lecia Bushak, and Darian Benson.