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

November 11, 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. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVDERNMENTS

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places, including Illinois, where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature. By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

LINCOLN NATIONAL CEMETERY-EXTENSION

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — A federal agency’s proposal to build an extension of a national veterans cemetery in Chicago’s northwest suburbs is drawing concerns from one local official about periodic rifle volleys expected at the site. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to acquire 15 acres in South Barrington for an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, The Daily Herald reported. SENT: 345 words.

EXCHANGE-GROWING LEADERS

PEORIA, Ill. — A South Peoria church is being turned into a community center to bring resources to people living in the 61605 ZIP code and “transform the community one relationship at a time.” In the former South Side Church of the Nazarene, the Southside Community Center opened in May and hit the ground running, offering Dinner Church twice a week. “The food desert that we’re swimming in for two ZIP codes over here — how do we make an impact?” Irene Lewis-Wimbley, director of the center, asked. By Kelsy Watznauer. (Peoria) Journal Star. SENT: 670 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MEDICAL STUDENTS-SMALL TOWNS

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Long before she knew she wanted to go to medical school, Bailey Flamm knew that Southern Illinois didn’t have enough doctors. She heard it constantly from her mother, Cynthia, the CEO of a community health center in Anna, called Rural Health. “I always heard her talk about it,” Flamm said. “She gets so worried that people in the community won’t have a place to go to see a doctor.” Now a second-year student at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Flamm is mostly focused on keeping up with a flood of homework and exams. By GABRIEL NEELY-STREIT. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,405 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

BEER BATTLE

MILWAUKEE — Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst’s beers. The case has high stakes for Pabst, whose lawyers argue that the company’s very existence relies on the partnership with Chicago-based MillerCoors, which produces, packages and ships nearly all its products, which include Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee, Natty Boh and Lone Star. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 770 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— EAST ST LOUIS-BINGO KILLING: St. Clair County prosecutors say the final chapter was written in the death of a southern Illinois woman who was burned to death during an attempt to steal her bingo winnings.

— NORTHWESTERN-VIOLENCE VIDEO: Northwestern University has created a video this fall to help prepare students, staff and faculty on how to respond to a situation of active violence.

— SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: The state’s top trade group for Main Street shops is offering tips to retailers for “Small Business Saturday.”

SPORTS:

FBN--LIONS-BEARS

CHICAGO — The NFC North-leading Chicago Bears hope to come away with a rare win over Detroit as well as a division opponent when they host the Lions. The Bears could also have star pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson back after they missed the past two games because of injuries. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12 p.m. CT.

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