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

December 31, 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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Education and health care will be atop the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for the 2019 sessions. Public schools could be a top issue in at least a third of the states as lawmakers wrestle with how to boost salaries for teachers or funding for school districts. Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and fellow Democrats in charge of the Legislature are considering legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana to bring in as much as $1 billion annually to the state. Pritzker has promised marijuana tax revenue to both the operating budget and capital programs. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES _ The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators. The suspected attack prevented the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and other papers from publishing paid death notices and classified ads Saturday. But Tribune Publishing has said no news websites were affected and no customer information was compromised. SENT: 350 words, photo. Moved late Sunday and available for use.


_ SIUC-NEW PLANES: Southern Illinois University Carbondale is going to get some new flying classrooms. The university is about to spend more than $2 million to purchase five new Cessna 172 planes to teach students how to fly.

_ PRIVACY LAWSUIT: A federal judge in Chicago has refused to toss a lawsuit accusing an Illinois investigator of violating privacy rights of two patients by seizing their files from their psychotherapist.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ The Winter Classic is going back to college, and it’s bringing along two familiar foes. The Chicago Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of one of the NHL’s showcase events. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ No. 20 Utah (9-4) and Northwestern (8-5) are making their first appearances in the Holiday Bowl on Monday. Northwestern is looking for its third straight bowl win under coach Pat Fitzgerald. Utah is here after losing to Washington in the Pac-12 title game while Northwestern lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT


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