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

September 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Defense attorneys in Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial are about to start calling witnesses, and the big question is whether Van Dyke will testify. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday and the judge told jurors that the officer’s attorneys would start presenting their defense Monday morning. Van Dyke, who is white, isn’t obligated to testify, but he has the right to take the stand to give his version of what happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated from court session scheduled to begin 10 a.m.


NEW YORK — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. The impact was almost immediate after the seizure of Backpage.com by the federal government in April and President Donald Trump’s signature the same month on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. Yvonne Ambrose’s 16-year-old daughter Desiree Robinson was trafficked in Chicago on Backpage and was killed by a buyer on Christmas Eve 2016. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— RAIL SAFETY-ILLINOIS: Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state. A greater emphasis on the problem in Illinois comes during U.S. Rail Safety Week this week.

— FIRE COMMISSIONER-CHICAGO: A 35-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department has been named the city’s new fire commissioner. Richard C. Ford II has been the acting commissioner since Sept. 1.

— INDIANA-BRIBERY CHARGES: An indicted northwestern Indiana mayor is maintaining that prosecutors used a confidential informant to improperly know they had more time to investigate the case.

— CLIMATE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE: A conference at the University of Michigan is bringing together experts to share ideas on dealing with a warming climate in the Great Lakes region. The biennial Great Lakes Adaptation Forum runs from Monday through Wednesday at the campus in Ann Arbor.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs, closing in on the NL Central championship, meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a seven-game homestand to close out the regular season. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs, who have a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee, while Jameson Taillon pitches for the Pirates. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Corey Kluber goes for his career-high 20th victory as the AL Central champion Cleveland Indians meet the White Sox. Dylan Covey starts for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears own sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time since late in the 2013 season. But a 16-14 win Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals did little to hide some of the problems on offense they’ll need to address before facing Tampa Bay in Week 4. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Defense did it again for Chicago. An early two-touchdown deficit in Arizona seemed to make the Bears even angrier. The Cardinals never scored again and the Bears escaped the desert with a 16-14 victory. By Bob Baum. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls signed Jabari Parker and drafted Wendell Carter Jr. with the No. 7 overall draft pick. But they enter training camp largely banking on improvement from within to climb in the Eastern Conference, whether it’s Lauri Markkanen building on a strong rookie season or a healthy Zach LaVine solidifying himself as a foundational piece. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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