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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

February 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ The wife of a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald says her husband has been assaulted by inmates in his Connecticut prison cell. Tiffany Van Dyke told the Chicago Sun-Times that Jason Van Dyke had been placed in the prison’s general population. She told the newspaper that he “never should have been in the general population.” Van Dyke was jailed in Rock Island, Illinois, before the move this month to the low-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut. SENT: 310 words, photos. Will be updated. Developing from 10:30 a.m. CT news conference.


CHICAGO _ Odds still favor the eventual construction of Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential museum and library in a park along Chicago’s lakeshore. But it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group. A judge hears arguments Thursday on a city motion to toss the group’s lawsuit that argues the project violates laws barring development in lakeside parks. A ruling for Protect Our Parks could signal the Obama Presidential Center is in real trouble. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,030 words, photo. Will be updated. Developing from 9:30 a.m. CT court hearing.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois House could vote on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Democrats who control the General Assembly are moving quickly because Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to sign the measure into law before he proposes his first annual budget. That’s scheduled for Feb. 20. A House vote could come as early as Thursday. The proposal would increase the current $8.25-an-hour base wage by $1 on Jan. 1. After a 75-cent jump July 1, 2020, it would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated. Developing from Thursday afternoon House session.


EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK: Actor Jussie Smollett says he’s “pissed off” that some have doubted his claims about being attacked outside his Chicago apartment last month. Photo.

POLICE OFFICER SHOT-WITNESSES: A judge has ruled three men who say a fellow detainee confessed to fatally shooting a Chicago police officer in 2010 can testify at the man’s trial.

I-65 CRASH: Authorities say three people, including an Illinois man, have died in a southern Indiana crash involving five vehicles that left two semitrailers fully engulfed in flames.

DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE-SENTENCING: A suburban Chicago man who admitted to supplying a fatal dose of heroin to an acquaintance has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY-STADIUM DELAYED: Millikin University’s new $5 million baseball stadium in central Illinois won’t be complete in time for the 2019 season due to weather delays.



CHICAGO _ Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks meet the New Jersey Devils on Thursday evening at home. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


COLUMBUS _ Resurgent Ohio State hosts Illinois on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. _ Eastern Illinois takes on SIU-Edwardsville on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. CT.


CLEVELAND _ The Illinois-Chicago Flames are in Ohio on Thursday to take on the Cleveland State Vikings. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Chicago State hosts Cal State-Bakersfield on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.


No. 24 Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday for the top game of the weekend in the Big Ten. The young Terrapins are full of confidence after beating Purdue. Forward Jalen Smith has established himself as Maryland’s go-to man when Bruno Fernando is off or in foul trouble. The 6-foot-10 Smith is coming off big games against Nebraska and Purdue. The No. 7 Maryland women visit No. 14 Iowa on Sunday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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