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

September 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

LAQUAN ON TRIAL

CHICAGO — And now it is Laquan McDonald who is on trial. After days of prosecutors making their case to jurors that Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke committed first-degree murder in 2014 when he shot the black teenager 16 times, Van Dyke’s attorneys are presenting their own evidence. And almost immediately their strategy became clear: The teenager that the officer shot was a violent, dangerous, knife-wielding suspect “on “a rampage” that Van Dyke was forced to kill. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Lawyers for a white Chicago police officer who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald to death in 2014 are scheduled to call more witnesses as they defend him against murder and other charges. Thursday will be the fourth day that Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys present evidence to Cook County jurors. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated on merits from Thursday testimony.

IN BRIEF:

— ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Leaders of the state’s major political parties are embracing a report’s recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government.

— ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING: Those who want to get a jump on the November election need not wait. Early voting in Illinois begins Thursday across the state.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Police say two teenagers were shot to death three blocks from Chicago police headquarters after an argument outside a South Side alternative high school led to gunfire.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — A playoff spot clinched, the Chicago Cubs try to hang onto the NL Central lead when they wrap up a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ace Jon Lester starts for Chicago — a half-game ahead of Milwaukee in the division — while Trevor Williams goes for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 14 Michigan comes into Saturday’s game at Northwestern rolling with three straight blowout victories since a season-opening loss to Notre Dame. The Wolverines blew out Nebraska last week and have outscored their past three opponents a combined 150-33. Northwestern, meanwhile, has two straight losses since opening with a win. And top running back Jeremy Larkin informed the team Monday that he has to stop playing football because of a spinal condition. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— With FBC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK. Sent: 500 words.

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