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

September 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 last moments of Laquan McDonald’s life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. More bullets are fired into his body — a total of 16. The video of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting is so central to the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it at least five times during the first day of testimony Monday. Prosecutors stressed that no other officers opened fire. They are to continue presenting evidence on Tuesday. By Don Babwin. SENT: 800 words. Will be updated. Trial resumes at 10 a.m. CDT.


— ICC-LINCOLN TOWING: A judge has ruled a Chicago towing company that had its license pulled by the Illinois Commerce Commission can continue to operate as it appeals the decision. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously last week to revoke Lincoln Towing Service’s license immediately, citing hundreds of alleged violations.

— ILLINOIS-TOP TEN SCIENTISTS: A University of Chicago scholar who led the construction of the first nuclear reactor and helped develop the first atomic bomb has been selected as Illinois’ top scientist in history in an online vote.

— ILLINOIS ABORTION LAWSUIT: An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

— CHICAGO-YOUTH SMOKING: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s proposing new measures aimed at cutting down on youth smoking, vaping and electronic cigarette use.



CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky started fast, slowed down and picked it up down the stretch. Despite another inconsistent performance by their prized quarterback, the Bears pulled out their first win. Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and Chicago beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 Monday night to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.


PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs try to make it two in a row over fading Arizona as they try to hang on to control of the NL Central. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:40 p.m. CT


CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox will call upon lefty Carlos Rodon (6-5) to start in Cleveland against Corey Kluber (18-7). Rodon is 4-2 with 2.44 ERA lifetime against the Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


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