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

January 3, 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. Caryn Rousseau 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY-ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test. The State Journal-Register reports that the board plans to offer the other methods by next fall and get more people into the workforce. Board officials say 1.2 million people in Illinois don’t have a high school equivalency certificate, which is also called a GED. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

2018-STATE ELECTIONS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Voters in two-thirds of the states will be electing governors to new four-year terms this year and could indirectly be shaping the future of Congress for the decade to come. Many governors elected this year will have the power to approve or reject new congressional maps when redistricting occurs after the 2020 Census. Voters also will be electing more than 760 state legislators to four-year terms in states where they will play a role in congressional redistricting. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos.

With:

—DEEP FREEZE-ILLINOIS: The National Weather Service continues to issue wind chill advisories for parts of northern and central Illinois as the state sees frigid conditions.

—DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST: The Latest on winter weather. Will be updated as developments occur.

IN BRIEF:

—WHEELCHAIR ACCESS-WRIGLEY: A 20-year-old Chicago Cubs fan is suing team owners to force them to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field.

—CHICAGO SCHOOLS-THEFT: An inspector general has found several Chicago Public Schools employees “stole or misappropriated” thousands of dollars in gift cards set aside as incentives for students and families.

—STING OPERATION-FACEBOOK: Chicago police say they’ve made another arrest in an investigation in which officers infiltrated an invitation-only Facebook group to buy guns and drugs.

—FACEBOOK SHOOTING-CHICAGO: Chicago police say a 27-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting that occurred while she was streaming on Facebook Live.

—CIRCUS COLLECTION-ILLINOIS STATE: Illinois State University’s famed Circus Collection just got a lot bigger thanks to a Florida man who has been collecting circus memorabilia for decades.

—UNCLAIMED PROPERTY: People in Illinois now have a faster, easier way to find out if the state is holding any of their unclaimed cash or property.

—SNOWMOBILE CRASH-TWO HURT: Officials say two people, including someone from Illinois, were injured when they lost control of their snowmobile and crashed into some trees.

SPORTS:

BKN--RAPTORS-BULLS

CHICAGO — DeMar DeRozan, coming off a team-record 52-point outburst, and the Toronto Raptors meet the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan went off in an overtime win against Milwaukee on Monday, leading Toronto to its franchise-best 12th consecutive home victory. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-RANGERS

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers look to build off their win in the Winter Classic earlier this week and get their sixth win in nine games as they host the struggling Chicago Blackhawks. The Rangers are 5-1-2 in their last eight. Chicago has lost four of five after a five-game winning streak. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--ILLINOIS-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois and Minnesota resume Big Ten play in their first game of the new year. The Gophers (12-3) hope to get point guard Nate Mason back from an ankle injury. The Illini (10-5) lost their first two conference games by a total of five points, both in overtime. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

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