BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL
Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or email@example.com. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.
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CHICAGO — A wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest early Monday, grounding hundreds of flights and causing slick roads for commuters as they returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend. The Chicago area was slammed with up to a foot of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads. The National Weather Service said 7.5 inches of snow fell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. One Chicago native trying to fly to Orlando, Florida, chided himself for not heeding the forecast, but maintained his sense of humor. By Noreen Nasir. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.
— With MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-ILLINOIS: The first major blizzard of the season left thousands of travelers stranded, kept tens of thousands of students home from school and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands to homes and businesses. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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CHICAGO TERRORISM ARREST
CHICAGO — A man who pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to detonate what he believed was a bomb in Chicago is hoping to change his plea, despite opposition from prosecutors. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman would have to accept 25-year-old Adel Daoud’s Alford plea at a Monday hearing. It’s a rare plea for a terrorism case. He wouldn’t admit guilt but would concede evidence will lead to his conviction. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated following 1:30 p.m. CT court hearing.
CHICAGO HOSPITAL-SHOTS FIRED
DES PLAINES, Ill. — The funeral is being held Monday for a Chicago police officer who was shot and killed by a gunman in a South Side hospital last week. Officer Samuel Jimenez rushed to the hospital after a man fatally shot a doctor in the parking lot. The gunman ran into the building, where he fatally shot pharmacy resident Dayna Less. In an exchange of gunfire with police he shot and killed the 28-year-old Jimenez before killing himself. A private funeral was held Monday for Less. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits and photos.
PEORIA DIOCESE-PRIEST REMOVED
OTTAWA, Ill. — An Illinois priest has been removed from ministry again, years after a conviction for manufacturing and selling a date-rape drug. The Peoria Diocese bishop removed Rev. Jeffrey Windy from his post serving three Ottawa parishes in March. Officials found that Windy had involved himself in a criminal court case by visiting a crime victim with the suspect’s father, who is a parishioner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
NEW YORK — Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz. The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. The 13 shows will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
— OBIT-OPRAH WINFREY’S MOM: Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. With AP Photos.
— NARROW SHERIFF’S RACE: A recount is being sought in a central Illinois county sheriff’s election with a one-vote margin. The Macon County clerk’s office last week certified final results giving Democrat candidate Tony Brown 19,655 votes to Republican Jim Root’s 19,654 votes.
— ILLINOIS RIVER BODY: Authorities are working to confirm whether a body found in the Illinois River is that of a woman who was reported missing in February.
— HOLIDAY EXPRESS: A festive holiday train has started its journey through Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri. The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train started its journey last week in Shreveport, Louisiana.
CHICAGO — The struggling San Antonio Spurs continue their four-game road trip with a visit to Chicago to face the lowly Bulls. The Spurs have dropped three of four, and the Bulls have lost six of seven. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.
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