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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

March 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HOME CARE WORKERS-BACK PAY

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases. SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay. There’s $29 million in an escrow account for the back pay. Pritzker’s office says the rate increase will take effect April 1. It says back pay should be distributed by fall. SENT: 140 words.

IN BRIEF:

—EDWARDSVILLE-COUPLE KILLED: A southern Illinois husband and wife have been found dead in their home. Police say they were victims of a homicide.

—POLICE SHOOTING-CLINTON: A suspected drunken driver from Illinois is facing charges after allegedly using his truck to pin an officer against a patrol car in Indiana before the officer shot and wounded him.

—TRAFFICKING CONVICTION: A federal jury in western Illinois has found a 30-year-old man guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin.

—NEW ARBORETUM: The northwestern Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich is taking a barely used park and turning it into an arboretum.

—CHICAGO-SO LONG DIBS SEASON: Chicago officials are telling people to get rid of the chairs, tables and other stuff they’ve put in front of their homes to save parking spots after clearing snow.

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