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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

January 15, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WRONGFUL CONVICTION

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield plans a Tuesday afternoon news conference to announce that former Gov. Bruce Rauner granted executive clemency to Grover Thompson. Thompson, who died in prison in 1996, was convicted in a killing that a serial killer later confessed to committing. Officials say it’s the first posthumous exoneration in Illinois. UPCOMING: 300 words, more on merits. Developing from 2 p.m. CT news conference at the Illinois State Capitol.

PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

ROCKFORD, Ill. _ Tuesday marks the second year of a taxpayer-funded private school scholarship program in Illinois. Officials said Monday that the nearly 5,500 students who received scholarships through the Empower Illinois program for the current school year must reapply and their status as current recipients won’t guarantee them additional funds. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

—KENNEL FIRE: As many as 30 dogs have died in a fire at a suburban Chicago kennel. About two dozen dogs were rescued.

—CHICAGO OFFICIAL-CORRUPTION: Federal prosecutors have asked a judge for more time to indict a Chicago alderman accused of attempting to extort two local businessmen.

—AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTORISTS: A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations.

—HEART TREATMENT-PARTNERSHIP: Springfield’s Prairie Heart Institute has joined with University of Chicago Medicine to strengthen heart care for patients in central and southern Illinois.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ The Chicago Bulls are on the West Coast for a Tuesday road game against the Los Angeles Lakers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-ILLINOIS STATE

NORMAL, Ill. _ Southern Illinois hosts Illinois State in Tuesday college basketball action. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKC--VALPARAISO-LOYOLA-CHICAGO

CHICAGO _ The Valparaiso Crusaders take on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in a Tuesday road game. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NORTHERN ILLINOIS

DEKALB, Ill. _ Central Michigan visits Northern Illinois on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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