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

December 3, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



IRVING, Texas — Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago’s Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. Yet it still must be approved by federal regulators, as well as shareholders. SENT: 370 words. With AP Photo.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is dropping a proposal to have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement oil pipeline in the Great Lakes. The authority’s sole responsibility has been to maintain the vehicular bridge that crosses the Straits of Mackinac and links Michigan’s two peninsulas. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — American Airlines is investigating how a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair was left alone overnight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when her flight was canceled. The incident, first reported by CBS 2 in Chicago , started Friday night when Olimpia Warsaw’s flight from Chicago to Detroit was canceled and a porter was assigned to take care of her. Her son, Claude Coltea, says Warsaw was offered a hotel room but when nobody would take her, the porter said his shift was over and left. SENT: 130 words.


— CHICAGO POLICE-HANDCUFF ATTACK: Chicago’s police oversight agency is investigating an officer who apparently struck a teenager repeatedly with a pair of handcuffs while arresting him.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-CHARGES: Prosecutors have decided to charge as adults the two teens suspected in the execution-style killings of two high school students whose bodies were found in a field in the Chicago’s far South Side.

— ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL: Illinois turns 200 Monday and Navy Pier in Chicago is the site of the Illinois Bicentennial gala. The eventual home state of Abraham Lincoln became the Union’s 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. UPCOMING: 130 words or more on merits. No AP Photos expected.

— RIVIAN AUTOMOTIVE-ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Interest is growing in central Illinois about Rivian Automotive’s electric pickup truck that was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR: Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The 23-date tour will include stops in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities.



CHICAGO — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse records. SENT: 430 words. With AP Photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — For the first time all season, the Bears are showing flaws in their play on defense following a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants. Saquon Barkley had 125 yards for the most rushing yards by a back against the Bears defense all season, and the secondary that produced big plays was beaten with a trick play, with a big game against the Los Angeles Rams looming Sunday night at Soldier Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


Florida A&M plays DePaul at Wintrust Arena.


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