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

November 15, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

SCHOOL SECURITY-RETIRED OFFICERS

PALATINE, Ill. — A school district in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs is moving forward with a plan to fill clerical roles with armed retired police officers who will also be available to increase school security. Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board members endorsed Superintendent Scott Thompson’s proposal on Wednesday. The proposal would have retired officers serve as support employees in the front offices of elementary schools. The officers would also be allowed to use their law enforcement experience if needed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to sell a shuttered prison work camp to local officials. The Hardin County Work Camp in Cave in Rock once held 200 minimum-security prisoners. It was closed in August 2015 for budgetary reasons. Both the House and Senate concluded the first week of their fall session. Both chambers return to work Nov. 27 for three days. SENT: 130 words. Expected to stand.

IN BRIEF:

— WINTRY WEATHER-ILLINOIS: An early season snowstorm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of southwestern and central Illinois, causing widespread school closures and some traffic snarls.

— HARASSMENT CHARGES-SENATORS: A southern Illinois woman has been charged with making more than 200 harassing phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth over a five-month period.

— BANKERS SURVEY: OMAHA, Neb. — For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking. The overall index of the Rural Mainstreet survey for November sank to 49.9, the first time it’s dipped below 50 since January.

— STATE TROOPER-SOLICITATION CHARGES: An Illinois State trooper who admitted to soliciting a woman to have sex with him has been sentenced to a form of probation and agreed to resign from his job.

— PEORIA-BUDGET TROUBLES: The Peoria City Council has voted to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole.

— POLICE COMMANDER-CHARGES: A former Chicago police commander has been charged with stealing more than $360,000 of Social Security funds in a scheme lasting more than 23 years.

— OFFICER KILLED-1980: Another man is facing a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer.

SPORTS:

BKC--PENN STATE-DEPAUL

CHICAGO — Max Strus and DePaul host Penn State in a Big East-Big Ten matchup on Thursday. Both teams are 2-0 to open the season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. CT.

FBN--VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and show just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for first place on Sunday. It’s been a long time since the Bears have been in a spot like this. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

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