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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

January 17, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO _ A judge is set to announce a verdict for three Chicago police officers accused of lying in their reports to protect the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to announce her decision in the trial of David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney. Prosecutors argued that the reports written by the three about the 2014 shooting included lies they say were designed to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke. SENT: 870 words, photos. Will be updated. Developing from 1 p.m. CT hearing.

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR

CHICAGO _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to sign legislation at a Chicago elementary school Thursday morning involving illegal gun trafficking and firearm dealer certification. The AP is monitoring and plans a story on merits. Developing from 9 a.m. CT bill signing.

With: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-WORKER TRAINING: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

—BLACKMON-MURDER CASE: Cook County prosecutors have vacated the murder conviction of a Chicago man and dropped all charges against him after he spent nearly 16 years in prison.

—R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS: Chicago building inspectors have found code violations at R. Kelly’s recording studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence.

—CLEMSON TIGERS-DINNER INVITATION: After dining on fast food during their visit to the White House, the Clemson Tigers have been invited to eat at some of Chicago’s most acclaimed restaurants.

—ELECTRONICS SCHEME: A former government employee in northwestern Indiana has been convicted in a scheme to use funds from the City of Gary to buy computer equipment that she then resold.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Chicago Bulls have lost eight straight heading into their game against Denver on Thursday night. What’s more, the Bulls haven’t won in the Mile High City since Feb. 8, 2006. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The Chicago Blackhawks visit New York on Thursday to take on the Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKC--ILLINOIS-CHICAGO-MILWAUKEE

MILWAUKEE _ Illinois-Chicago takes on Milwaukee in a Thursday road game. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--MURRAY STATE-EASTERN ILLINOIS

CHARLESTON, Ill. _ Eastern Illinois hosts Murray State on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--AUSTIN PEAY-SIU-EDWARDSVILLE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. _ SIU-Edwardsville hosts Austin Peay on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-WESTERN ILLINOIS

MACOMB, Ill. _ Western Illinois hosts Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--CHICAGO STATE-GRAND CANYON

PHOENIX _ Chicago State plays a Thursday road game against Grand Canyon. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

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