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

September 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-DEBATE

CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois governor’s race. Rauner is trying to win a second term against Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who’s never held public office. Polls have shown Pritzker with a healthy lead. By Sara Burnett. Also participating in Thursday’s debate will be Conservative Party candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated following debate scheduled for 6 p.m.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Prosecutors will continue to present evidence in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Prosecutors still haven’t called to the stand several officers who were at the scene the night that the white officer shot the black teenager 16 times. It’s unclear if two other officers who face charges of trying to cover up what happened to protect Van Dyke will testify Thursday. SENT: 120 words, photos. Will be updated on merits from Thursday testimony.

IN BRIEF:

— SENTENCE-ABSENTIA: A 42-year-old suburban Chicago man has been sentenced in absentia to 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl.

— SIU MEDICINE-LAWSUIT: A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

— ILLINOIS-OPIOID ABUSE GRANT: Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Chicago police say a baby and a 13-year-old girl are among four people wounded in a shooting following an apparent argument between people in two vehicles

SPORTS:

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox play a road game Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-PENN ST-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No. 10 Penn State brings its explosive offense to Memorial Stadium on Friday night to open its nine-game Big Ten slate against Illinois. The Nittany Lions are a 27-point favorite against a young Illinois team that nearly upset a tough South Florida team last week. By Terry Towery. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor faces a big challenge when he goes against an Iowa defense that has allowed a combined 25 yards rushing in its last two games. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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