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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

January 5, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois General Assembly convenes next week, ushering in the Prairie State’s third century with historic numbers of Democrats running the show and pent-up demand for action. Can they get any work done? By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 750 words. AP Photo planned.



ST. LOUIS _ While most of a $1.95-billion upgrade of the St. Louis-to-Chicago Amtrak corridor was finished a year ago, long-promised faster rail journeys on the route have yet to happen. Delays in installing and testing new GPS-related safety technology have kept Amtrak trains from hitting high speeds of 90 mph during 2018 as the Illinois Department of Transportation had predicted. SENT: 300 words.


FREEBURG, Ill. _ The owner of a southwestern Illinois farm is breeding Arabian horses in an unlikely bid to sell the animals to buyers in Saudi Arabia. Rodger Davis owns the 300-acre Riding Center near Freeburg, just east of St. Louis. Davis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s been meeting with Saudi officials in hopes of striking a long-term business deal to breed his horses with the country’s dwindling stock. SENT: 270 words.


GOODFIELD, Ill. _ Step inside the soon-to-be home of Zeller Electric, nearing completion in Goodfield, and it’s not hard to imagine you have wandered into a giant Lego play set. What might be harder to imagine is that the old shipping containers stacked at various angles will soon be offices, meeting rooms and work areas. By Lenore Sobota. The Pantagraph. SENT: 700 words, photos.


_ VISTA TOWER-FIRE: A firefighter has been injured in a blaze at a high-rise construction site in downtown Chicago.

_ NATURAL GAS-TANK SAFETY: Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved plans for enhanced safety at underground natural gas storage facilities.

_ US ATTORNEY-CENTRAL ILLINOIS: The U.S. Senate has confirmed a new U.S. attorney for central Illinois five months after President Donald Trump nominated him.

_ FLIGHT-E-CIG FIRE: American Airlines says a passenger’s electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

_ TEACHER-SEX CHARGES: A Will County teacher has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.



CHICAGO _ Matt Nagy recalled watching the Super Bowl with his wife at a bar near the Chicago Bears’ practice facility not long after he was hired as his good friend Doug Pederson coached the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. The place was just about empty. He even had to ask them to turn on the game. “It was awesome,” he said. Nagy hopes things don’t go so well for his pal when the NFC North champion Bears host Philadelphia in a wild card game packed with story lines on Sunday. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 870 words, photos.


_ BKC--N. ILLINOIS-OHIO. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 1 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--BRADLEY-INDIANA ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 1 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--LOYOLA OF CHICAGO-DRAKE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--CHICAGO ST.-UMKC. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-ILLINOIS ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 3 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--SIU-EDWARDSVILLE-E. ILLINOIS. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 3:15 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--S. ILLINOIS-N. IOWA. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--W. ILLINOIS-ORAL ROBERTS. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.


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