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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

February 26, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Caryn Rousseau is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.



CHICAGO _ Voters are getting a chance to pick Chicago’s next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction. Those looking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians, businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists. It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 530 words, photos. Will be updated. Polls open at 6 a.m. CT and close at 7 p.m. CT.


METROPOLIS, Ill. _ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans a media availability in Metropolis after surveying flooding and receiving an emergency response briefing. He then plans to survey flooding in Cairo. The AP is monitoring and plans stories on merits. Developing from 11:30 a.m. news conference.


CHICAGO _ R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail after posting $100,000 bail. The money will allow him to go free while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. Hours earlier, the R&B star pleaded not guilty to the allegations after spending the weekend behind bars. He said little during the brief arraignment, telling the judge only his name. His lawyers spoke on his behalf. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos. Moved yesterday and available for use.


—CALUMET PARK-TWO DEAD: A suburban Chicago man has been charged in the deaths of his wife and son.

—PRITZKER-COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been appointed to the Council of Governors to advise the federal government on national security, disaster relief and the National Guard.

—MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Millikin University will conduct a national search for a new president after President Patrick White announced plans to retire next year.

—CHURCH BUS CRASH: Authorities say an 82-year-old church bus driver is charged with driving while intoxicated after five people were injured when a bus returning from a Chicago Bulls game went off the road in northwestern Indiana.



MESA, Ariz. _ Yu Darvish makes his first start of the spring for the Cubs when Chicago takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 2:05 p.m. CT.


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