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AP-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL

October 3, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker will face off in their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor’s race. Wednesday’s debate at ABC7 in Chicago comes as polls show Pritzker with a sizable lead over the first-term incumbent. Rauner has been attacking Pritzker for ripping the toilets out of a home to get a $330,000 property tax break — a move the Cook County inspector general recently called a “scheme to defraud taxpayers.” Pritzker says he’s repaying the money and that the confidential report was leaked for political purposes. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated following debate scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. CT. With AP Photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald testified that he opened fire when the black teenager kept advancing toward him while waving a knife, adamantly sticking to his version of events even when confronted with video that showed a different scene. In a clear but sometimes halting voice, at times fighting back tears, Officer Jason Van Dyke described arriving in his police SUV to find McDonald in a city street, carrying a small knife that the 17-year-old had previously used to puncture the tire of a squad car. The judge said Van Dyke’s attorneys will rest their case Wednesday morning. After that, prosecutors will have a chance to call rebuttal witnesses. Closing arguments could come as soon as Thursday. By Don Babwin. SENT: 800 words, photos. Will be updated. Trial set to resume at 9 a.m. CT.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS: Authorities say a suburban Chicago police officer has shot a motorist who hit two squad cars after police followed a vehicle into the city’s Far South Side. Chicago police say the shooting happened early Wednesday in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood and the person who was shot was taken to a hospital.

— ILLINOIS BUDGET-UNION CONTRACT: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says it needs up to two more months to produce a plan to provide three years’ back pay to union workers.

— HEALTH CARE-CHARGES: A suburban Chicago psychologist faces federal charges for allegedly submitting false claims to private insurers and Medicare.

— DUPAGE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: Gov. Bruce Rauner is now calling for the shutdown of a suburban Chicago plant suspected of emitting chemically polluted fumes that could elevate the risk of cancer. Rauner on Tuesday joined a chorus of elected officials calling for the shutdown of a Sterigenics International facility in Willowbrook.

— PARKING LOT SHOOTING: A suspect is being sought in a shooting that wounded a man and his 9-year-old son outside a northwestern Indiana store that authorities say stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two gang factions.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-WRAPUP

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs headed into the offseason with some issues to address after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game, whether it’s the inconsistency on offense or the future of manager Joe Maddon. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell’s future with the club is in doubt. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS ELIMINATED

CHICAGO — No team in the National League piled up more victories than the Chicago Cubs through 162 games. That seems like small consolation now. Kyle Hendricks gave up a tiebreaking single to Tony Wolters in the 13th inning, sending the Cubs to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in a marathon wild-card game on Tuesday night. Chicago lost two home games with a chance to reach the NL Division Series. The Cubs scored a total of two runs over 22 innings, dropping a tiebreaker to Milwaukee for the NL Central championship and then getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Rockies. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBN--MANFRED-RUSSELL

CHICAGO — Major League Baseball has no timetable for finishing its investigation of domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell by his ex-wife, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday night. “Right now, we’re kind of going day by day,” Manfred said. “That’s the best I can do for you. The most important thing is to take our time, make sure we have all the facts, and make sure we try to make a decision at a point in time that it doesn’t affect roster decisions and things like that.” By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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