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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

December 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 Corey Williams.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Some tourists visiting central Illinois are disappointed that the partial federal government shutdown has left Abraham Lincoln’s home closed to tours. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield closed when the shutdown began Friday in the fight over funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service operates the home, where Lincoln lived with his family for 17 years. SENT: 350 words.



DAVENPORT, Iowa _ Food pantries in eastern Iowa and western Illinois are being flooded with milk donations under a federal program to buy and distribute nearly $50 million in dairy products to compensate farmers hurt by trade tariffs. River Bend Foodbank CEO Mike Miller says that about 80,000 half-gallons of milk will be distributed to food pantries across the Quad City region through March. The spike in donations comes from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to help dairy farmers caught in the middle of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with Mexico, China and Canada. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


_ TRUCKER-SLINGSHOT ATTACKS: A Wisconsin trucker has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter a van window while driving along Interstate 74 in eastern Illinois.

_ SILVIS POLICE SHOOTING: Authorities say a northwestern Illinois police officer fired a gunshot that wounded an Iowa man following an attempted traffic stop. Police say the shooting happened Sunday night in Silvis, Illinois, just east of Moline in the Quad Cities area.

_ MISSING SWIMMER-LAKE MICHIGAN: Relatives have held a lakeside vigil in Chicago for a 24-year-old college student days after she vanished while swimming in Lake Michigan.

_ SCHOOL DISTRICT-SALARY SETTLEMENT: Two assistant high school principals in southwestern Illinois will receive $600,000 in back pay to settle a federal lawsuit over sex-based pay discrimination.

_ BOY BURNED-GASOLINE: A 7-year-old northwestern Indiana boy was airlifted to a Chicago hospital with burns after he poured gasoline on an outdoor fire.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With a shot at a first-round bye, coach Matt Nagy vows to keep his foot on the pedal and an eye on the out-of-town scores when the NFC North champion Chicago Bears visit the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Bears trail the Rams by a game for the second seed but own the head-to-head tiebreaker. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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