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September 16, 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — The judge hearing the trial of a white Chicago police officer accused in the deadly shooting of a black teenager has presided over some of the biggest cases in the city’s recent history — and he has a reputation as a fearless taskmaster. To anyone who has watched Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan dress down defendants for so much as sighing, upbraid ill-prepared attorneys, or tell a lawyer that he can no longer speak in court, a story about him chewing out reporters for gum stuck under benches is easy to believe. By Don Babwin. SENT: 900 words, photos.



CALEDONIA, Ill. — An all-terrain outdoor wheelchair is available for public use in northern Illinois. Winnebago County is the first in the state to offer a battery-operated outdoor wheelchair to rent and use for free Jeremy Oster of Rockton nonprofit Hononegah Archery worked with Access Ability Wisconsin to host the wheelchair. A $25,000 grant from the Friends of National Rifle Association helped cover the cost of the wheelchair and a trailer to haul it around. SENT: 310 words.


MCHENRY, Ill. — The Chicago World’s Fair of 1933 to 1934 planted a city of possibility on 424 acres of Chicago’s shoreline near the museum campus. As they strolled through the fair, dubbed “A Century of Progress,” attendees could marvel at modern architecture, dream cars, a German zeppelin, homes of tomorrow and even a “Midget City.” The Midway was filled with pop-up nightclubs featuring performances by future greats such as Judy Garland. Amid the nightlife scene was famed burlesque dancer Sally Rand. Right next door, whilst Rand performed her famous fan dance, for 25 cents, behind a pane of glass, onlookers could view premature babies resting in a new contraption, the incubator. By Lindsay Weber. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald. SENT: 1,195 words, photo.


SHERMAN, Ill. —(AP) — Adam Clack had a lot of plans for the summer of 2018. The 14-year-old Sherman teenager was on the cusp of graduating from Williamsville Junior High School and going on to high school. High school meant new teachers and new students to debate with (something he enjoyed immensely). It meant homecomings and proms and driving lessons that would lead to a driver’s license. It also meant a brand new French horn. By Carla Jimenez. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 1,640 words, photo.



CHICAGO — In a Chicago courtroom over the coming weeks, the spotlight will focus on one night in 2014, 16 gunshots, a white police officer, the death of a black teenager and an essential question: Murder or self-defense? Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke faces murder charges in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a shooting captured in a silent dashcam video that stirred outrage, upended politics and fueled the city’s racial tensions. While the jury trial that begins Monday revolves around the events of Oct. 20, 2014, it also draws fresh attention to the problems a troubled department has wrestled with for decades. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was campaigning against states regulating student-loan companies when she called her friend, Gov. Bruce Rauner, in August 2017. Two weeks later, the Republican governor vetoed legislation creating protections for students taking out federal loans. In language that echoes President Donald Trump’s education chief in her continuing crusade against state intervention, Rauner, who’s considered one of the nation’s more vulnerable incumbents in November, declared in his veto message that the measure “encroaches on the federal government’s responsibilities.” The Aug. 10, 2017, phone call, which appears on both officials’ appointment calendars reviewed by The Associated Press, underscores the interaction the first-term governor has with Trump while publicly trying to distance himself from a president who is hugely unpopular in Democratic Illinois. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 800 words.


— ROBBERIES SUSPECT-POLICE OFFICER: A suburban Chicago police sergeant and another man have been charged with robbing two gas stations at gunpoint.

— POLICE OFFICER-SHOT: A California man and convicted felon is being held without bond for allegedly firing on two suburban Chicago police officers during a traffic stop.



CHICAGO — Jose Quintana takes to the mound as the Chicago Cubs meet the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs take to the field with Kris Bryant and Javier Baez out of the lineup. Luis Castillo will start for the Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


BBN--CUBS-HEYWARD: Outfielder Jason Heyward has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs.


BALTIMORE — Lucas Giolito, who had a quality start during his last outing in Kansas City, will start for the Chicago White Sox against the Baltimore Orioles. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Khalil Mack sat out offseason workouts and the preseason, had just one week to learn a new system following a blockbuster trade, and still managed to dominate in his debut for the Chicago Bears. The two-time All-Pro performed exactly as envisioned in a prime-time opener. The Bears hope for more of that when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. They’d just like a different outcome. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.


Connor McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL — in 2015. As he became one of hockey’s best players and signed the richest annual contract in the league, McDavid says he remains optimistic there will not be another work stoppages like those in 2004-05 and 2012-13 — but he protected himself anyway with contract language guaranteeing some early payment, just in case. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 960 words, photos.


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