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AP-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL

November 14, 2018

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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A suburban Chicago alderman called Tuesday for prosecutors to investigate the fatal shooting of a black security guard by a white police officer outside the bar where the guard worked. Authorities have said little about the scene that ended early Sunday with the death of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, who was apparently wearing a hat emblazoned with “security” across the front when he was shot outside Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, a predominantly black community just south of Chicago. By Don Babwin. SENT: 800 words, photos. Will be updated with developments.


CHICAGO — The U.S. attorney in Chicago, John Lausch, sits down with reporters to discuss efforts to stem deadly gun violence in Chicago. His office has sought to make gun and gang-related violence in the nation’s third largest city a top priority, including by prosecuting several high-profile racketeering cases against local street gangs. Previous U.S. attorneys have also sought to reduce city violence through available federal laws, though with mixed results. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 400 words.


CHICAGO — Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in. The crowd of 14,000 roared as the former first lady stepped onto a stage at the sold-out United Center event, which felt part talk show, part political rally and part rock concert, complete with $35 Michele Obama T-shirts emblazoned with her face and the title of her just-released memoir, “Becoming.” By Michael Tarm. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS-COLISEUM: A contest to name the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum is underway. The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation announced the contest that runs through Dec. 14.

— ILLINOIS RIVER DAM PROJECTS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning several repairs projects for Illinois River dams that could interrupt barge traffic for much of summer 2020. The six projects announced by the Corps of Engineers extend from the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet to the LaGrange Lock and Dam near Versailles.

— MISSOURI BANK ROBBERY: An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to robbing five Illinois banks as part of a plea deal in which he won’t be charged for a sixth robbery in Missouri.

— UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-FRAUD SCHEME: Six suburban Chicago residents are accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain Illinois unemployment benefits using the personal information of a health care firm’s patients.

— CHILD CONFINED-FITNESS TRIAL: A suburban Chicago man who, which his wife, is accused of confining their 10-year-old daughter to their basement has been found unfit for trial.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears are sailing along at a pace not seen by a Chicago offense in decades. But there have been inconsistencies. It would help if the gap in their efforts was ironed out if they’re going to beat Minnesota this week in an NFC North showdown. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHICAGO — The St. Louis Blues visit the Chicago Blackhawks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET


BOSTON — The Chicago Bulls visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. CT


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