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

December 6, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-CHARTER SCHOOLS

With new Democrats set to take over governor’s mansion across the U.S., the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in several states. The incoming governors in California, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a temporary halt on new charter schools. By Sally Ho. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH-ILLINOIS

DOWNS, Ill. _ A semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate crashed into a school bus carrying an Illinois high school girls’ basketball team, killing the truck driver and an adult on the bus, authorities said Thursday. Illinois State Police said eight girls suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the truck collided head-on with their bus Wednesday night along Interstate 74 near Downs, a village in central Illinois about 115 miles southwest of Chicago. Police said the bus driver and a coach also were injured. Normal West High School Principal Dave Johnson said five girls had been treated and released from the hospital as of midmorning Thursday. He said the coach, Steve Price, suffered “multiple broken bones that will require surgery,” but that he was also expected to recover. Johnson said he didn’t know the condition of the bus driver. SENT: 310 words; photos and video.

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SCHOOL BUS CRASH-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST: The Latest on a crash involving a school bus in central Illinois.

BUSINESS:

WALGREENS-HOME DELIVERIES

Walgreens is joining drugstore competitor CVS Health in expanding home deliveries for prescriptions nationwide, as stores continue adjusting to a retail world being made more customer-friendly by online competition. Walgreens will partner with FedEx to deliver prescriptions as soon as the next day for a $4.99 fee, and it also is providing same-day deliveries in several cities. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 310 words, photos.

SEARS-TAKEOVER BID

NEW YORK _ Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock. The Sears chairman and ESL own just under half of the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, according to FactSet. Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, weighed down by years of declining sales and massive debt. ESL Holdings said in a regulatory filing Thursday that its nonbinding offer for roughly 500 remaining Sears stores will keep about 50,000 employees working. The offer is subject to due diligence and ESL’s ability to get financing, among other things. “ESL believes that a future for Sears as a going concern is the only way to preserve tens of thousands of jobs and bring continued economic benefits to the many communities across the United States that are touched by Sears and Kmart stores,” the firm said in a prepared statement. SENT: 210 words, photos.

Also:

_ FOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR-CHICAGO: A $34 million food and beverage incubator has opened in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.

_ ILLINOIS STOCKS: Stocks of interest to Illinoisans.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE: Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO _ The defense begins presenting witnesses Thursday in the trial for three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The bench trial is for a case that puts the department on trial just weeks after a jury convicted a white officer of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in McDonald’s 2014 death. UPCOMING: Coverage on merits. Trial was scheduled to resume at 11:30 a.m. CT

IN BRIEF:

_ FAKE EVENTS-SCAMS: The Illinois Attorney General is suing the creator of such events as all you can eat crab fests and 5K zombie races in Illinois and around the country because they turned out to be about as real as zombies.

_ FOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR-CHICAGO: A $34 million food and beverage incubator has opened in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.

_ BODY FOUND-HOSPITAL: A coroner says a body found in northwestern Indiana is that of a 42-year-old woman who had left a nearby hospital months earlier against medical advice.

_ HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED: A man wanted in a Chicago homicide case has been arrested in central Wisconsin.

_ SHERIFF-ARMORED VEHICLE: A sheriff in northwestern Indiana wants to buy a $360,000 armored vehicle.

_ METAL DETECTORS-U OF I: University of Illinois officials are considering installing walk-through metal detectors at the State Farm Center. If installed, the metal detectors would be permanent and used for all athletic events as well as concerts and shows.

_ DEER HUNTING HARVEST: Illinois hunters took nearly 81,000 deer during this year’s firearm deer hunting season. That’s a slight increase over last year.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The struggling Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night following Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Anaheim. The Blackhawks, who have dropped five straight and seven of eight, are 3-9-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton since he replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 9 p.m. CT.

FBN--RAMS-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With a second straight division title in hand, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams would love to grab a few more prizes. Another big one is there for the taking. The NFC West champion Rams look to clinch a first-round playoff bye when they visit the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday in a prime-time matchup between teams following similar paths. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

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_ RAMS-BEARS PREVIEW CAPSULE: SENT: 420 words.

BKC--TRINITY (IL) CHRISTIAN COLLEGE-CHICAGO STATE

CHICAGO _ Trinity (IL) Christian College plays Chicago State at Jones Convocation Center. Game starts at 8:05 p.m. CT.

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