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

November 25, 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MIDWEST SNOWSTORM

CHICAGO — A fast-moving winter storm was expected to blanket much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, grounding hundreds of flights and forcing the closure of part of a major highway on one of the busiest travel days of the year. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos pursuing.

With:

— MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-THE LATEST

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald are scheduled to go to a bench trial Tuesday 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. By Don Babwin. SENT: 750 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE

PASSENGER TRAINS-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO — Transportation advocates hope the new incoming Illinois governor will be able to help establish two new train routes connecting Chicago to the Quad Cities and Rockford. SENT: 325 words.

EXCHANGE-DOGS-ORIGINS

URBANA, Ill. — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas. That’s part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, based on dog remains, including two dogs buried back to back in an Illinois site just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. That loving, ceremonial burial and about 50 fossilized dogs help tell the story. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-OAK GUITAR

PEORIA, Ill. — It lived for 250 years as part of a stately oak in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge. Then it survived a fire in Oswego. Now it’s been auctioned, as a guitar, not some sorry slab of wood, in Naperville. The piece in question is the DeMont Verb, a handmade guitar fashioned by Nate DeMont and his employees at DeMont Guitars in Oswego, using wood from the historic Hobson Oak tree. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DEPUTY HURT: A Cook County Sheriff’s deputy was hurt after another driver slammed into his squad car on Interstate 290 in suburban Chicago.

— DEPAUL UNIVERSITY-SCHOLARSHIPS: DePaul University is announcing two new scholarship programs for graduates of Chicago Public Schools and Catholic high schools across the state.

— CARBON MONOXIDE DANGER: The Illinois Poison Center says winter months bring increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPSIONSHIP

Fresh from a stunning upset of Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State prepares for a trip to Indianapolis to play No. 20 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. Coaches Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald talk to reporters about the match-up in teleconferences. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m

FBC--ILLINOIS-SMITH EXTENSION

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois has extended the contract of coach Lovie Smith for two years through 2023 after the Illini finished his third season with four victories. SENT: 150 words, photo.

Also:

— BKC--NORTHERN ILLINOIS-OAKLAND: Northern Illinois plays Oakland at Athletics Center O’rena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

— BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON: Eastern Illinois plays North Carolina-Wilmington at U.S. Cellular Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

— BKC--INCARNATE WORD-SIU-EDWARDSVILLE: Incarnate Word plays SIU-Edwardsville at Sam M. Vadalabene Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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