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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, the death certificate from Clinton County in southern Illinois said. The 65-year-old Earvin sustained 15 rib fractures and two dozen or more abrasions, hemorrhages and lacerations. Surgery to remove a portion of his bowel appears to have followed the injury, the report says. By John O’Connor. SENT: 730 words, photo.



CARBONDALE, Ill. — A Southern Illinois University official says one of the Carbondale campus’s iconic 17-story towers will reopen to students next fall. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the university has decided to close University Hall and reopen Neely Hall. Neely Hall was one of three high rise dorms that were closed for the 2018-2019 school year after an enrollment decline left the university unable to fill them. University Housing Director Jon Shaffer says reopening Neely Hall will give students more flexibility if they want to change rooms or roommates since it has twice the capacity of University Hall. SENT: 290 words.


DECATUR, Ill. — During World War II, it was every American’s patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some way. For many of the men, that was putting on a uniform and going to fight. For a lot of women, it meant joining the women’s branches of each armed service, which were separate then. H. Lorraine Eades, as she was known then, was finishing up nursing school at John C. Proctor Hospital in Peoria when an Army recruiter came to visit and asked the students if they would serve. On Veterans Day 2018, she and the women in that class represent a critical component of the war effort. By Valerie Wells. SENT: 560 words, photos.


CARBONDALE, Ill. — Anna O’Malley and Dr. Bria Miller spent Week One in a homeless shelter. Facing eviction after Week Two, they cashed their social security checks and pawned their possessions to rent a house and secure transportation, food and needed arthritis medication. O’Malley, a student in the SIU School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program, and Miller, a resident in the med school’s Carbondale Family Medicine Program, were assigned to experience life as impoverished senior citizens, as part of a School of Medicine “poverty simulation,” in Carbondale. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— OBAMA FOUNDATION SUMMIT: Former President Barack Obama, author Dave Eggers and actress and singer Janelle Monae are will be among the speakers at the second Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.

— TRAFFIC FATALITIES-MEMORIAL: The city of Chicago will put on display 132 pairs of shoes representing the 132 people who were killed in traffic collisions in the city last year.



CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears meet Kirk Cousins and the second-place Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for the division lead. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:20 p.m.


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