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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

January 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ More people are expected to return to work Friday in Chicago, after most offices told employees to stay home because of frigid weather. Low temperatures that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze are expected to ease Thursday. But the problems brought on by the blast of polar air are likely to persist, including power outages and canceled flights and trains. Crews in Detroit will need days to repair water mains that burst Wednesday. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, videos.

With:

—WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: Rockford broke the record for its all-time lowest temperature Thursday morning when it hit 30 degrees below zero. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-CHARTER BUS: More than 20 passengers aboard a Chicago-bound charter bus were rescued after the bus broke down in subzero temperatures on Interstate 55 near Springfield.

—WINTER WEATHER-SALVATION ARMY: A good Samaritan offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people who were camped out in tents in the bitter cold that blanketed Chicago.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK

CHICAGO _ Chicago police say surveillance cameras have captured images of people of interest in an attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted photos of the “persons of interest” Wednesday evening. Earlier, authorities said they were expanding the search to get different angles of the attack. Smollett said the men beat him and subjected him to racist and homophobic insults. By Don Babwin. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

—HEALTH CENTERS-FEDERAL GRANT: Nine community health centers in Illinois will receive more than $31 million in federal funding.

SPORTS:

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the week in the Big Ten pits No. 21 Maryland against No. 24 Wisconsin. The Terrapins won the first meeting two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BKC--MOREHEAD STATE-SIU EDWARDSVILLE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. _ The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars host the Morehead State Eagles on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--EASTERN KENTUCKY-EASTERN ILLINOIS

CHARLESTON, Ill. _ The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are in Charleston on Thursday to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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