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BC-Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm

January 6, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SERIAL PEDOPHILE

CHICAGO — A serial pedophile who admitted to sexually abusing hundreds of children in Illinois and Indiana from the 1960s through the 1980s received second chances when sexual assault allegations arose against him, according to a newspaper investigation. The Chicago Tribune review of public records and personnel files found that Chicago Public Schools hired Thomas Hacker in 1970 just three months after he was convicted for sexually molesting a 14-year-old boy in Indiana. There’s no indication that school officials were aware of Hacker’s conviction. SENT: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly convenes next week, ushering in the Prairie State’s third century with historic numbers of Democrats running the show and pent-up demand for action. Can they get any work done? Democrats have not surrendered control of either chamber of the Legislature for more than 15 years, but progress has been overshadowed by scandals that sent two successive governors to federal prison, backed-up bills and a long-overdue pension debt coming home to roost, and, in the past four years, ideological stalemate with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, which stalled even a basic annual spending plan for two years running. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved Saturday and available for weekend use.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORTS

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown. Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential. SENT: 320 words. Moved late Saturday.

EXCHANGE-RING REUNION

CARBONDALE, Ill. _ Nathan Duffield has found a lot of junk on the river: sunglasses that usually are too scratched to be used, fishing lures, pocket knives _ mostly things that don’t float when someone’s boat flips. But about 20 years ago, he also found a ring. By Isaac Smith. The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 900 words.

IN BRIEF

_ FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE SETTLEMENT: New Hampshire students who attended certain for-profit schools and online courses will get nearly $5 million in debt relief.

_ INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK: A congressman from Gary wants to continue the push to turn Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into America’s 61st national park.

_ GOVERNORS-FOOTBALL WAGER: Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf have made a friendly wager over Sunday’s football game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.

_ TAXI ROBBERIES: Chicago police say at least three taxi drivers have been robbed at gunpoint on the city’s north and northwest sides.

_ RACE RIOTS-NATIONAL MONUMENT: A central Illinois congressman has introduced a measure to designate the site of 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument.

_ O’FALLON HOTELS: A developer is proposing a new hotel in O’Fallon. It would be the city’s 14th.

_ POLICE OVERSIGHT OFFICE-SHOOTING THREAT: An investigator with Chicago’s police oversight agency has been charged with falsely reporting a co-worker was planning a mass shooting at its office.

_ FLIGHT-E-CIG FIRE: American Airlines says a passenger’s electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

SPORTS

FBN--EAGLES-BEARS

CHICAGO — The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season, with help from Chicago. Now, the Eagles face the Bears in the wild-card round. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Game starts approximately 4:40 p.m.

BKN--Nets-Bulls

CHICAGO _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Chicago Bulls. Game time 2:30 p.m.

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