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

September 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

THE ART OF UNITY

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Sedgwick Street divides haves and have-nots, white and black like few city thoroughfares do. Despite these deep divisions, a small but committed group of residents is working to bring people together at a neighborhood art studio. It hasn’t been easy. There’ve been awkward and sometimes painful moments. But as one participant says, “just showing up” is half the battle. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 2,200 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government. The report from the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel challenges political organizations to make government more representative of the population, and recommends measures for political parties to combat harassment and make politics fairer for women. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald resumes with the defense presenting evidence for a third day. Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers haven’t said who will testify first Wednesday. The focus Tuesday was on an animated video produced for the defense purporting to show Van Dyke’s perspective as he shot McDonald 16 times. The animation sought to establish the officer had a legitimate fear for his life. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated. The trial is set to resume at 10 a.m. CT.

IN BRIEF:

— GREAT LAKES-ECONOMY: A newly released analysis says a federal Great Lakes cleanup program is good for the region’s economy. The study says every dollar spent on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative during its first seven years will generate an additional $3.35 of economic activity through the year 2036.

— CHICAGO-SEVERE STORMS: Severe thunderstorms that swept the Chicago area toppled trees and power lines, cutting cut power to thousands of residents.

— RAUNER VETO-DEER FEEDING: Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would permit experts to study the impact of supplemental feeding of wild deer.

— MARKHAM-MAYOR’S OFFICE: A man previously barred from a mayoral post in suburban Chicago has been sworn in as a result of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s intervention on his behalf.

— MIDWAY AIRPORT-GRANT: Chicago is receiving more than $12.5 million in federal grants for improvements at Midway International Airport.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs try again to clinch a playoff spot and maintain their lead in the NL Central when they meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jose Quintana starts for the Cubs, whose division lead is down to a half-game over Milwaukee. Ivan Nova pitches for Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBA--INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Shane Bieber looks to bounce back from two straight losses as the Cleveland Indians wrap up their series against the Chicago White Sox. It’s Chicago’s final home game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.

FBN--BEARS-TRUBISKY

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It was apparent Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took a step back in several ways in a win over the Arizona Cardinals, but he and the offense will need to pick up the pace with his own defense facing injury concerns at cornerback this week against Tampa Bay. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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