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

October 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

TRUMP-KANYE WEST

WASHINGTON — Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump and meet with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on Thursday. Sanders says they’ll talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TRUMP-ETHANOL

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— UIC-SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Highly successful students will be able to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago for free under a new program seeking to keep the state’s top students at home.

— TOWNSHIP-STOLEN FUNDS: A former employee of a suburban Chicago township has been accused of embezzling government funds to pay personal expenses including credit card and utility bills.

— AMTRAK-SOUTHWEST CHIEF ROUTE: Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year.

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