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

November 8, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Prosecutors have called a witness with alleged drug cartel ties to testify at the sentencing in Chicago of a former Mexican intelligence-unit commander who worked closely with U.S. agents while divulging secrets to the cartel. Prosecutors at Thursday’s federal court sentencing hearing for Ivan Reyes Arzate told the judge that they expect Sergio Villarreal Barragan to describe Arzate’s connections with the Beltran Leyva cartel. By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in a southwest Missouri lake and killed 17 people, including nine members of one Indiana family, didn’t tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship, even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according to an indictment released Thursday. The federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The other people killed included an Illinois woman who died while saving her granddaughter’s life. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 900 words, photos.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle East. at the insistence of Israel,” speaking Thursday while on a visit to Iran. The 85-year-old Farrakhan, long known for provocative comments widely considered anti-Semitic, criticized the economic sanctions leveled by Trump against Iran after America’s pullout from the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. SENT: 350 words, photos.


— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-LAWYER: The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago says it will no longer refer officers in need of legal assistance to the attorney who represents convicted former officer Jason Van Dyke.

— O’HARE AIRPORT-NEW FACILITY: The city of Chicago has officially opened a new $841 million parking and rental-car center at O’Hare International Airport.

— HURRICANE RELIEF-AMERICAN AIRLINES: American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.

— POLICE VAULT-STOLEN DRUGS: Official misconduct charges have been filed against a former civilian employee of a suburban Chicago police department for allegedly stealing drugs from an evidence vault.

— UIC PROFESSOR-AWARD: A University of Illinois at Chicago historian is receiving a prestigious national award.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks play their first game since Jeremy Colliton replaced the fired Joel Quenneville when they meet the Carolina Hurricanes. Quenneville, who coached Chicago to three Stanley Cups and nine playoff appearances, was fired on Tuesday. UPCOMING; 650 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Northwestern can clinch the Big Ten West championship and its first appearance in the conference title game simply by winning two of its final three games. The Wildcats would also secure a spot Saturday with a victory at Iowa plus losses by Wisconsin at Penn State and Purdue at Minnesota. It’s quite a position for a team that wasn’t widely considered a favorite to win its division, though Northwestern is hardly the only surprise in the Big Ten. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern hosts New Orleans in its first game at a renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are back on campus after playing games last season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while their facility underwent a major overhaul. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame plays its second consecutive Chicago school to open the season, this time Chicago State. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 6 p.m. CT


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a rare opportunity to beat the Detroit Lions and pick up a victory over an NFC North opponent when the two teams meet at Soldier Field on Sunday. The division-leading Bears have lost nine of the past 10 games against Detroit and have dropped 10 in a row to division opponents. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.


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