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

December 4, 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 Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Union leaders say teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network are staging the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. The strike at Acero’s 15 charter schools in Chicago began Tuesday morning after negotiations since May with management failed to reach a new contract agreement. Classes have been canceled for about 7,500 students. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.


LUMBERTON, N.C. — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he’s going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moving in national services.



CHICAGO — The trial for three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald goes to its fourth day of a bench trial Tuesday in a case that puts the department on trial just weeks after a jury convicted a white officer of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in McDonald’s 2014 death. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: Coverage on merits from afternoon trial action.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A local chapter of The Satanic Temple has been allowed to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah. The sculpture, called Knowledge is the Greatest Gift, depicts the forearm of a woman holding an apple. In its application for the display, The Satanic Temple-Chicago calls itself a nontheistic organization that aims to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” The group also rejects tyrannical authority and advocates for common sense and justice, the application said. SENT: 300 words, photo.


— LEFT AT AIRPORT: American Airlines says closed-circuit television footage at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shows a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair wasn’t left alone nearly as long as her family claims.

— EGG FARM FIRE: A fire has caused major damage at a large egg farm in rural northeastern Illinois. The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mussman’s Back Acres near the Kankakee County village of Grant Park.

— VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SETTLEMENT-EPA: Illinois officials have allocated the first grants to buy cleaner-burning engines from an emissions lawsuit settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says that $19 million will finance cleaner-burning public-transit trains and buses.

— ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL: Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says the state’s best days are ahead as he helped celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday at a gala celebration in Chicago. The Illinois Bicentennial party took place Monday night at Navy Pier.

— COOK COUNTY CLERK: An African-American woman is taking a post with Cook County that’s never been held by an African American or a woman.

— RED KETTLES-GOLD COINS: The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area. The Salvation Army said in a statement that a “Gold Eagle” coin, worth about $1,200, was deposited by an anonymous donor in a red kettle at a store in Crystal Lake on Friday.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Chicago Bulls visit the Indiana Pacers for their first game since firing coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen. The Pacers are playing their first home game since going 2-2 on a western road trip. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m. CT


Illinois ranks among the teams with the most wins in college basketball history, but hard times have fallen on the Illini the last five years. Coach Brad Underwood says building the program the right way takes time. Now in his second year, he believes he has the right pieces for the foundation. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 5 Michigan looks to continue its perfect start when it visits Vic Law and Northwestern. It’s only the second true road game for the Wolverines this season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. CT


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