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

August 1, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MEXICO CITY — An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a blustery storm smashed down into a nearby field but skidded to a stop virtually intact, and all 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft. “It was really, really ugly,” said Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his two sons and wife. “It burned in a question of seconds,” he told reporters, snapping his fingers for emphasis. An Illinois priest also is among the crash survivors. By Amy Guthrie. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. With Mexico-Airliner Accident-The Latest.


HONOLULU — Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii’s Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon. “It was too close for comfort,” the 20-year-old from Washington, Illinois, told reporters Tuesday from her Honolulu hospital bed. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.


— RAUNER-ALLERGY LAW: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections.

— ROUTE 66-CENTENNIAL: Illinois wants to celebrate a century of people getting their kicks on Route 66.



The bar was set high for Brian Urlacher when he joined the Chicago Bears as a first-round middle linebacker back in 2000. Urlacher lived up to the standard set by Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary and will join them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels will make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT


CHICAGO — Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals take on Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a three-game set between the AL Central’s worst teams. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT


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