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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL

December 18, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

TRAIN STRIKES OFFICERS-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city’s far South Side. Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were pursuing a person heading toward the train tracks when they were hit Monday evening as the commuter train passed through the area, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Police said the officers were chasing the suspect on foot. The train that struck the officers was operated by a commuter rail line that links northern Indiana and Chicago. SENT: 425 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEA AGENT CHARGED: A federal magistrate judge will decide whether a Chicago DEA agent will remain jailed on charges that he joined the agency specifically to help a murderous Puerto Rican-based gang traffic guns and cocaine.

_ LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE-ILLINOIS: State officials are ready to display the final master plan for redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

_ HIT-AND-RUN FATALITY-CHARGES: A northwestern Indiana man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a suburban Chicago woman.

_ POLICE DOG ATTACK-SETTLEMENT: A northwestern Indiana city has agreed to pay $10,000 to the owners of a dog killed by a police dog that escaped from its handler.

SPORTS:

HKN--PREDATORS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s the first game for Chicago since it placed starting goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve with a concussion. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

FBC--BOCA RATON BOWL

BOCA RATON, Fla. _ UAB seeks the first bowl win in school history, and Northern Illinois tries to end a streak of five consecutive bowl losses when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--BENEDICTINE-LOYOLA: Benedictine plays Loyola (IL) at Joseph J. Gentile Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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