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

November 9, 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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Democrats did what was once unthinkable when they flipped two suburban Chicago congressional districts that had been held by Republicans pretty much since World War II. It was territory that produced GOP stalwarts such as Henry Hyde and Dennis Hastert and where, until Tuesday, incumbents had regularly won re-election by 20 percentage points or more. But the Democratic successes didn’t extend south to the farms and small towns of central and southern Illinois, where GOP congressmen held on to two other seats Democrats had targeted, including one in a blue-collar district that was reliably Democratic until just a few years ago. The same pattern emerged across the U.S. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 800 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive their two daughters. “We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes in her upcoming memoir. “We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.” The Associated Press purchased an early copy of “Becoming,” Mrs. Obama’s memoir and one of the most avidly anticipated political books in recent memory. In the memoir, Mrs. Obama also writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life and becoming the country’s first black first lady. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 600 words, photo.



CHICAGO — A former top lieutenant to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and likely witness at Guzman’s current New York trial has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Chicago. A 19-page plea deal posted in Chicago federal court Friday says the 43-year-old Vicente Zambada agrees to cooperate in providing testimony “in any matter” and “in any investigation.” In an indication of how valuable and how dangerous his testimony could be for him and his family, prosecutors says in the agreement that they’ll recommend the U.S. government provide security to him and his family. They say that could include allowing them to remain permanently in the United States. By AP Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 400 words.


CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University’s medical school is trying to bring more doctors, physicians and medical students to Carbondale and nearby rural areas where they’re desperately needed. Under the new Lincoln Scholars program, eight medical students selected each year would be trained entirely in southern Illinois and not in Springfield, where the majority of SIU medical students now study. SENT: 250 words.


WHITING, Ind. — A northwestern Indiana factory has repeatedly violated federal health standards by releasing alarmingly high concentrations of airborne lead in two cities that are already facing a problem with lead-contaminated soil, according to federal and state environmental officials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management accused Whiting Metals of the violations Thursday, based on three months of air quality testing in Hammond and Whiting. SENT: 300 words.


— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LAW PROFESSOR: A University of Illinois law professor who has faced sexual misconduct accusations is taking a one-year unpaid leave of absence from the school.

— SWASTIKA ARREST-CHICAGO: A Chicago man has been charged with felony counts of committing a hate crime after a surveillance camera captured him scrawling the swastika symbol on property in his neighborhood.

— GREAT LAKES-DROWNINGS: A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded. The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it’s recorded more than 100 drownings.

— MEAT PACKER FIRE: A large fire has destroyed a meat packing businesses in central Illinois as flames shot more than 50 feet into the nighttime sky and burned for hours.

— CHICAGO SHOOTINGS-REWARD: Police are hoping an offer of the largest reward in Chicago history will help them find whoever is responsible for the recent slayings of two men. Both men were shot in the head at close range with the same weapon in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city’s North Side.

— FLOSSMOOR-PICKUP PARKING: Officials in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor might consider revising rules for parking pickups after voters backed lifting restrictions.



IOWA CITY, Iowa — Despite a 5-4 record, Northwestern holds all the cards in the Big Ten West title chase. The underdog Wildcats will look to solidify their division position at Iowa, a team looking to rebound from back-to-back road losses and finish 2018 on a high note. Northwestern (5-4, 5-1 Big Ten) has been surprisingly dominant in conference play, holding a one-game lead and tiebreakers over Wisconsin and Purdue. If the Wildcats go 2-1 over their final three games — a stretch that includes Minnesota and Illinois — they will clinch their first West title. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 650 words, photos.


LINCOLN, Neb. — Even though Illinois and Nebraska have just three Big Ten wins between them, both enter their game Saturday believing they’re on the verge of breakthroughs. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A person familiar with the situation says Minnesota Lynx assistant James Wade has agreed to become the head coach of the Chicago Sky. Wade replaces Amber Stocks, who was let go after compiling a 25-43 record in two seasons with Chicago. The Sky didn’t make the playoffs either year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 150 words.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Second-ranked Kentucky will try to bounce back from its 34-point opening loss to Duke when it hosts Southern Illinois. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words and photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT.


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