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

September 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday accused rival J.B. Pritzker of plotting a massive income tax hike on the people of Illinois, a claim the Democrat dismissed as another lie from a governor who’s “been lying for three-and-a-half years.” One of Pritzker’s top priorities is changing Illinois’ flat income tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners would be taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. The billionaire businessman says it’s a fairer structure that would require people like himself and Rauner — a wealthy former private equity investor — to pay more, and would reduce the amount middle-class people pay. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— SUPREME COURT-TAX EXEMPTION: The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law that sought to clarify property tax exemptions for charitable hospitals. The court voted 7-0 as it ruled on a law that allows issuing tax exemptions to hospitals when the value of the “charity care” or “free or discounted services” they provide exceed its estimated tax liability.

— LANDFILL SCHEME: A 46-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to an alleged scheme that involved his recycling firms reselling hazardous electronic waste.

— PESTICIDE VIOLATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a suburban Chicago company will pay a nearly $5 million administrative penalty for selling and distributing an unregistered pesticide.

— NIU PRESIDENT: Northern Illinois University’s board of trustees has chosen a woman as president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899.



CHICAGO — Jose Quintana goes for his career-high 14th win, with a chance to get it against his former team, when the Chicago Cubs visit the crosstown White Sox. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 3:10 p.m. CT


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Trace McSorley and No. 10 Penn State visit Illinois for a Friday primetime matchup. One of the most decorated quarterbacks in program history, McSorley accounted for five touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 63-10 rout of Kent State last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.


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