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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

April 2, 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. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ A former federal prosecutor who has never held elected office was vying for Chicago mayor on Tuesday against a powerful official whose political career spans decades, providing voters a clear contrast in a historic runoff already assured of elevating a black woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city. Lori Lightfoot served as an assistant U.S. attorney before entering private practice as an attorney. Toni Preckwinkle is a former schoolteacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 740 words, photos. Will be updated. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT.


—CHICAGO MAYOR-THE LATEST: The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election. Will be updated throughout the day and evening as developments occur. Photos.


CHICAGO _ News media outlets want to challenge a seal order placed on court documents in the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who last week had 16 felony counts against him dismissed. A hearing on the news media’s motion to intervene and unseal the documents is scheduled for Tuesday morning. The AP is staffing and plans a story on merits. Developing from 9 a.m. CT hearing.


CHICAGO _ The Art Institute of Chicago is postponing a major exhibit weeks before it was to open, saying there are concerns about it not sufficiently representing indigenous peoples’ voices. “Worlds Within: Mimbres Pottery of the Ancient Southwest” was to open May 26. Art Institute president and director James Rondeau said that as the opening neared, museum officials realized more work needed to be done to include native voices. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo pursuing.



Walgreens slashed its 2019 forecast after missing analyst expectations in what its CEO described as the most difficult quarter since the company was formed a few years ago. The nation’s largest drugstore chain now expects adjusted earnings per share growth to be flat this year, compare to a previous forecast for growth of 7% to 12% that it had reaffirmed in late December. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


—EARNS-WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.16 billion. SENT: 160 words, photo.


—TROOPER KILLED: The wrong-way driver involved in a crash that killed an Illinois State Police trooper has been identified as a 44-year-old Calumet City man.

—LAKE MICHIGAN-BODY: Authorities have identified a body found along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan as that of a Chicago woman.

—ELECTION-VOTER ASSISTANCE: The Illinois State Board of Elections says it will be ready to assist voters in Tuesday’s consolidated election.



LINCOLN, Neb. _ Former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is introduced as Nebraska’s new coach after signing a seven-year contract worth $25 million _ a sign the Cornhuskers are serious about becoming relevant in basketball. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


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