217 Today: Wednesday October 28, 2020

 
Barbara Allen, 39, lives in Springfield, Ill. In 2019, she received treatment for alcoholism at Gateway Foundation and says the tools she gained prepared her for the pandemic-related stress that was to come.

Barbara Allen, 39, lives in Springfield, Ill. In 2019, she received treatment for alcoholism at Gateway Foundation and says the tools she gained prepared her for the pandemic-related stress that was to come.

Courtesy of Barbara Allen

Wednesday October 28, 2020

Today's headlines: 

  • Governor JB Pritzker stopped in Champaign yesterday to discuss plans to create two downstate manufacturing training academies.

  • Chicago is the latest area of Illinois to have COVID-19 restrictions imposed. Governor JB Pritzker has announced NO indoor service at bars and restaurants will be the rule starting Friday. Smaller gathering sizes will also be in effect.

  • Officials on the University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 74 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. The single-day positivity rate from tests conducted on Monday was 0.67%, both numbers are the highest since September 8th.

In today's deeper dive, stress caused by the pandemic can make people with addiction vulnerable to relapse, but some people getting treated for addiction prepared them for what was to come. Illinois Newsroom's Christine Herman has details.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Lee Gaines, Sean Crawford, and Christine Herman.