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

November 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — A witness to the fatal police shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald gave a version of events that contradicts what the three officers charged with lying about what happened wrote in their reports. Jose Torres testified Thursday that he never saw McDonald lunge at Officer Jason Van Dyke as the officers wrote. Torres also testified that police never asked him his name before waiving him from the scene: testimony that prosecutors elicited to support their contention that police tried from moments after the shooting to protect Van Dyke after the 2014 shooting. UPCOMING: 130 words. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-AIRBNB-ISRAEL

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling Thursday for an investigation into whether Illinois law prohibiting investment in companies engaged in boycott, divestment or sanction of Israel has been violated by Airbnb’s decision to remove lodging listings from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

Also:

— XGR--ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE: The Illinois General Assembly has ended its fall session as Democrats anticipate complete control of the state Capitol in January. The Senate canceled its session Thursday. The House took limited action and bid farewell to outgoing members. SENT: 130 words. Expected to stand.

— MARIJUANA-ILLINOIS: An opponent to legal marijuana in Illinois says it will allow white corporate exploitation of minority customers. Chicago activist the Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston called the effort to take over a lucrative illegal market “a gangsta move worthy of Al Capone.”

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SEX ABUSE

CHICAGO — A new office created to look into cases of sexual abuse in Chicago’s public schools after an investigation revealed that the officials had failed to adequately do so has received nearly 500 allegations of student-on-student sexual violence in less than three months. The Office of Student Protections and Title IX that was created after the Chicago Tribune found broad lapses in how the nation’s third-largest school district protected students from sexual abuse, physical assault and harassment, including by school employees, since 2011. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— STARVED ROCK-TRIPLE HOMICIDE: Illinois officials have again denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killings of three suburban Chicago women in a state park.

— ALEXANDER COUNTY-HOUSING: Court documents say the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority must pay a $500,000 penalty for wrongly using agency money for personal expenses.

— PET BOBCAT SEIZED: A pet bobcat seized last month from a Swansea family is back home after the owner was fined for not having proper permits.

— STUDENT WOUNDED-FIGHT: Authorities say a 15-year-old high school student has been arrested after allegedly wounding a classmate with a box cutter during a fight at their school in northwestern Indiana.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Chicago Blackhawks, who have lost three of their past four games, visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. The Blackhawks have been outscored 11-1 in the first period over their last four games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.

FBC--BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVANSTON, Ill. — The program’s winningest coach by a wide margin, Pat Fitzgerald has No. 21 Northwestern playing in the Big Ten championship game for the first time. The Wildcats face No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday. And if they pull off the stunner, they will make their first Rose Bowl appearance since their coach was a star linebacker on the 1995 team. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words.

Also:

— BBN--CUBS-RYAN: Chicago Cubs agree to 1-year contract with left-hander Kyle Ryan. SENT: 100 words.

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