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

January 2, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Sara Burnett.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


DETROIT _ U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 970 words, photo.


NEW ORLEANS _ Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller. This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. The City of New Orleans riverboat is coming full circle, back to the state where it was built in 1991. For years it operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Illinois, until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 780 words, photos.


_ CHICAGO VIOLENCE-NEW YEAR’S SHOOTING: Chicago police say a 12-year-old boy who was wounded by gunfire as people were ringing in the new year was the first person shot in the city in 2019. Police say the boy was looking out of a second-floor window in the city’s Englewood neighborhood about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when a bullet struck his left hand.

_ BLACK VETERANS-CHAPTER HALL’S FATE: A group of African-American veterans is seeking donations to help save their longtime Chicago chapter hall from a mounting tax debt. UPCOMING: 130 words.

_ MOVING TRENDS: A study by United Van Lines has found that New Jersey has the highest percentage of people moving elsewhere, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.

_ APARTMENT SHOOTING-ARREST: Central Illinois police say a man allegedly fatally shot another man following a dispute over an apartment’s living arrangements. A judge on Monday ordered 27-year-old Dangelis Michael Chambers held on a $1 million bond in Sunday’s killing of 30-year-old Renese Donte Riley.

_ SOLAR FARM-ROCK FALLS: Planning officials in a northwestern Illinois community are opposing a proposed community solar farm just outside its city limits. Sauk Valley Media reports that the Rock Falls Plan Commission recommended that the city object to the project, saying it is incompatible with comprehensive plans of the city and Whiteside County.

_ OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY: A North Dakota judge has refused to award attorney fees to a North Carolina security company that won a court case in the wake of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Kicker Cody Parkey aside, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is the biggest uncertainty facing the Bears heading into Sunday’s playoff game because it’s his postseason debut. The second-year pro showed some improvement, but there were also spotty performances. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHICAGO _ Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic meet Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. The teams have split two games, with the Bulls winning at the United Center on Dec. 21. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


Missouri State plays Southern Illinois at SIU Arena. Developing from 8 p.m. tipoff.


Illinois State plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff.


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