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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

March 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The Chicago mayor’s race pits a longtime political insider against a former prosecutor who’s never held public office. Tuesday’s election comes at a time when many voters are weary of the old machine-style politics for which the city has long been known. In some ways the contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot reflects a movement happening nationally in the Democratic Party as people with little or no political experience challenge the more established “old guard.” By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


CANTON, Ill. _ Authorities say a man has been released from prison who was convicted of murder as a suspected member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” that killed as many as 20 Chicago-area women in the 1980s. A state of Illinois victim notification system alert was issued early Friday saying 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraleis was discharged from the Illinois Department of Corrections on Friday. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo. Will be updated. Developing from 1:30 p.m. CT news conference.


CHICAGO _ Some former federal prosecutors say there are enough anomalies to justify a Justice Department review of why Chicago prosecutors dismissed all charges against the actor Jussie Smollett. They cited the unusual level of secrecy around the proceedings, including sealed court documents and prosecutors’ often contradictory explanations. Another factor was the absence of any requirement that Smollett accept responsibility in exchange for dropping the charges. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.


CHICAGO _ City leaders say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett owes Chicago $130,000 to cover the cost of investigating his claims of being the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. Smollett told police he was attacked in January. He was later charged with making a false police report. Prosecutors abruptly dropped the case this week, yet still insisted Smollett staged the attack. Chicago leaders say more than two dozen detectives and officers spent weeks investigating. Smollett insists the attack was real. By Amanda Seitz and Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


FREEPORT, Ill. _ An Illinois State Police trooper was killed when she was struck by a truck during a traffic stop. State police officials say Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed Thursday afternoon in the crash that occurred on Route 20 near Route 75 in Freeport. Jones-Story is the second state trooper killed in a crash this year. Trooper Christopher Lambert was fatally hit by a vehicle in January while he directed traffic during a snow storm near a crash on I-294 near Northbrook. SENT: 350 words, photo. Moved later yesterday and available for use.


—SPRING FLOODING-ILLINOIS: Officials are working to transfer residents and staff of a youth detention facility out of a southwest Illinois county to escape potential Mississippi River flooding.

—MOTHER SENTENCED-BATTERY: A western Illinois woman charged with trying to suffocate one of her children is facing prison time in a plea deal with prosecutors.

—CHICAGO POLICE-THWARTED ARREST: Chicago police say they have arrested a suspected drug dealer who previously avoided capture after a group of people threatened to harm a police officer attempting to take the suspect into custody.

—BILLY GRAHAM-RECORDS TRANSFER: Papers of the late Rev. Billy Graham and historic records of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are being transferred to the library bearing his name in Illinois.

—CHILD KILLED-NEW TRIAL: Closing arguments have been scheduled for Monday in the fourth Iowa trial of an Illinois man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl in 1990.



CHICAGO _ Defending champion Notre Dame comes into the Chicago Region semifinals with the No. 1 seed, 11 straight wins and a tough road ahead. The Irish face fourth-seeded Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year on Saturday, while second-seeded Stanford goes against 11th-seeded Missouri State. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the three rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. The top three picks remained the same from the first two mock drafts with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.


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