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

November 28, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO ALDERMAN-INDICTED

CHICAGO — A prominent Chicago alderman surprised courtroom observers at a Monday change-of-plea hearing by turning down a plea agreement in his federal corruption case that his lawyer contends could have meant little to no prison time. Willie B. Cochran’s lawyer informed the judge of his client’s decision at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the 65-year-old Democrat had been expected to enter a guilty plea. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Override votes on key measures remain in the final two days of the Illinois General Assembly’s fall session. The House has yet to take action on an override approved by the Senate on legislation setting a deadline for police to help cooperative immigrant crime victims get U.S. visas. Another Senate-approved override would reverse a veto on banning tobacco sales to those under 21. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.

ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a final $778 million plan to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses at a lock-and-dam complex in Illinois. The price tag is much higher than the estimated cost of a tentative version of the strategy released in 2017. By John Flesher. UPCOMING: 450 words.

XGR--MICHIGAN PIPELINE

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee passed the bill 3-2 on party lines Wednesday, but the full Senate delayed voting so changes can be made. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

ROUTE 66-HISTORIC TRAIL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would amend the National Trails System Act and include Route 66 in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic corridor. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The trial for three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald goes to its second day of a bench trial Wednesday in 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: 130 words, more on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— LOYOLA-SISTER JEAN: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four. With AP Photo.

— POST OFFICE-EXPLOSION-INDIANA: Federal prosecutors say a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a northwestern Indiana post office has agreed to plead guilty and serve a 29-year sentence.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS QUARTERBACKS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears figure to provide an update Wednesday on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after he was sidelined because of a right shoulder injury for a win at Detroit on Thanksgiving. If he’s unavailable, Chase Daniel figures to start again when the Bears visit the New York Giants this week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words.

BKN--BULLS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE — Losers of three straight, the Chicago Bulls will try to snap their skid when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in two weeks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT

BKC--GEORGIA TECH-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern goes for its third straight win when it hosts Georgia Tech. The Wildcats beat Utah by 22 on Sunday, while Georgia Tech avoided an upset with a nine-point win against Prairie View A&M on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. CT.

FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and wowing NFL scouts all season, but the Ohio State quarterback didn’t become a fully legitimate leader in his coach’s eyes until he showed he could run the ball when the going got tough. Now having won Urban Meyer’s full respect, Haskins leads the No. 6 Buckeyes against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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