217 Today: Wednesday October 14, 2020

 

Associated Press

Today's headlines: 

  • Illinois has reached another grim milestone in the fight against the Coronavirus: More than 9,000 people have died from COVID-19.

  • Both candidates in the 13th Congressional District played to organized labor during a debate held in Normal.

  • Preliminary state data shows the opioid epidemic is worsening in Illinois --and those at greatest risk of an overdose are Black men in their 50s.

  • The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of Central Illinois today. Chambana Weather meteorologist Andrew Pritchard says we could see wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour this afternoon. Look for mostly sunny skies and a high of 80 degrees.

In today's deeper dive, we’ll hear about a new federal grant to help fight human trafficking in Central Illinois from officials with the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Charlie Schlenker, Christine Herman, and Tim Shelley.