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

January 3, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Sara Burnett.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ One of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago history has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempted extortion for “corruptly soliciting business” for his private law firm. If convicted, Alderman Ed Burke could face up to 20 years in prison. The charge unsealed Thursday follows November raids of the Democrat’s offices at City Hall and in his Southwest Side ward. The 75-year-old, who’s been on the council for 50 years, is one of the last of the old Chicago machine politicians. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 360 words, photos. Will be updated.


UNDATED _ Pope Francis is encouraging U.S. bishops meeting near Chicago to unify as the Catholic church deals with a “crisis of credibility” stemming from the clergy sex abuse scandal. In an eight-page letter addressed to the bishops and released to the media Thursday, Francis acknowledges “no response or approach seems adequate” to the crisis representing a grave threat to his papacy. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 700 words, photos.



UNDATED _ Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call it smartphone psychiatry or child psychology 2.0. “We are tracking the equivalent of a heartbeat for the human brain,” said Dr. Alex Leow, an app developer and associate professor of psychiatry and bioengineering at the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.


_ WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING: The father of the man accused of fatally shooting four people in a Nashville Waffle House claims authorities didn’t expressly tell him to keep guns away from his son. Jeffrey Reinking registered the claim last month in an ongoing federal civil lawsuit filed against him by one of the victim’s families.

_ SHERIFF JAILS HIMSELF: A suburban Chicago sheriff is spending time locked up in the jail he oversees to evaluate detainees’ complaints about conditions there. Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain changed into a county jail uniform Wednesday for an overnight stay at the Kane County Adult Correctional Center in St. Charles.

_ TASER LAWSUIT: A federal appeals court in Chicago has sided with a suburban police sergeant sued for allegedly using excessive force by using a Taser four times on a suspect as he was booked on suspicion of harassing his girlfriend.

_ CHICAGO SCHOOLS-TEACHER CHARGED: A Chicago Public Schools teacher has been charged with sexually abusing four victims, including a 15-year-old student who was helping him while performing community service hours. Julio Mora was arrested Monday at his home in suburban Chicago.

_ OFFICER KILLED-1980: A man’s murder trial in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer has been moved to this summer.

_ LUBRICANT SPILL: An industrial lubricant spill has shut down a ramp to an interstate in northwestern Indiana. Wednesday’s spill came from a truck hauling the pig-fat-based material.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The NFC North champion Chicago Bears come rolling into the postseason and a big reason why is coach Matt Nagy. He has made football fun again in Chicago in his first season and won more games than any other rookie coach in franchise history. It’s quite a leap for someone who was almost out of pro football a decade ago. But the people who knew him way back when saw signs that big things were in store. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos.


UNDATED _ PHILADELPHIA (9-7) at CHICAGO (12-4) Sunday, 4:40 p.m. EST, NBC. SENT: 450 words.


It’s not often that all four road teams have a solid shot at winning in the NFL’s wild-card round. This year, that’s clearly the case in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore. BY Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic, by 5 p.m.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ The New York Islanders look for their eighth win in nine games as they host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Coliseum. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 775 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


_ BKC--TENNESSEE-MARTIN-EASTERN ILLINOIS: Tennessee-Martin plays Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Developing from 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE-SIU-EDWARDSVILLE: Southeast Missouri State plays SIU-Edwardsville at Sam M. Vadalabene Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Developing from 8:30 p.m. tipoff.


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