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

November 20, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A man who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was once kicked out of the city’s firefighting academy after threatening a female cadet, officials said Tuesday. Juan Lopez, who died following the shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital, was also the subject of a protection order request filed four years ago, and he legally purchased several guns in recent years, police said. It was unclear whether Lopez shot himself or was fatally shot by police. Four years ago, fire department officials learned of the threats to the cadet and told Lopez that he would be disciplined. He was dismissed after he went AWOL, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt said. By Amanda Seitz And Don Babwin. SENT: 840 words. With AP Photos.


CHICAGO HOSPITAL-SHOTS FIRED-THE LATEST: CHICAGO — The Latest on a shooting at a Chicago hospital (all times local):


UNDATED — Shootings at hospitals are far from rare. Still, the shooting on Monday at Mercy Hospital in Chicago that claimed the lives of four people, including the shooter, is among the worst in the U.S. in more than two decades. On June 20, 1994, former airman Dean A. Mellberg fired on a military hospital at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, killing four people and wounding 23 others before military police shot him to death. Two of those killed in the five-minute rampage were therapists who had recommended Mellberg’s discharge. SENT: 720 words.



CHICAGO — A review of Chicago Public Schools’ background checks prompted by a newspaper investigation has resulted in nearly 130 school district employees being terminated, recommended for dismissal or simply resigning amid scrutiny. The Chicago Tribune reports that those employees included nine teachers, 35 people classified as classroom aides and an unspecified number of people the district lists as substitute or hourly workers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


UNDATED — Boeing Co. canceled a conference call that it scheduled for Tuesday with airlines to discuss issues swirling around its newest plane, which has come under close scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia. The company didn’t immediately give an explanation for canceling the call, which would have included American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, all of which have Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in their fleets. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 500 words.


— CHICAGO-OFFICER SHOT: Chicago police say an officer is hospitalized after being shot in his bulletproof vest following a traffic stop on the city’s South Side. The officer and the male suspected in Tuesday’s shooting were both shot in an exchange of gunfire in the Gresham neighborhood.

— MARION MALL-CLOSURE: A southern Illinois mayor says it’s “heartless” that a long-struggling shopping mall will close its doors just before Christmas.

— PLAYOFF GAME-LAWSUIT: Parents of players on a Chicago high school football team have filed a lawsuit, claiming a parent of an opposing player wore a referee uniform and influenced the outcome of the game.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is day to day with a right shoulder injury as the team prepares for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions. Bears coach Matt Nagy said the injury would prevent Trubisky from practicing Tuesday, and the team does not have a practice on Wednesday. The injury is not considered serious, but it could keep him out of the Lions game. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 260 words. Will be updated.


Northern Illinois plays Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium.


GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Josh Jefferson made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Phil Fayne had 18 points and nine rebounds and Illinois State beat Akron 73-68 on Tuesday in the Cayman Islands Classic. Fayne made two free throws with 3:38 to go for a 68-62 lead, but Akron pulled within 70-68 on Jimond Ivey’s fast-break dunk. Yarbrough hit 1 of 2 free throws with 25 seconds left for a three-point lead, and after Ivey missed a 3-pointer, Josh Jefferson sealed it with two free throws. SENT: 160 words.


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