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

December 19, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

A Cook County judge is expected to set a new date Wednesday for delivering a verdict in the bench trial for three officers charged with lying to protect a fellow officer who fatally shot a black teenager in Chicago. Developing from 11 a.m. hearing.

IN BRIEF:

_ SPRINGFIELD-HOSPITAL CLOSURE: A central Illinois hospital that specializes in the care of patients needing long stays is closing its doors after eight years. UPCOMING: 130 words.

_ CHILD PORNOGRAPHER SENTENCED: A suburban Chicago man who was convicted of manufacturing child pornography has been sentenced to 29 years in state prison.

_ LINCOLN DOCUMENTS: An ongoing project to digitize all of Abraham Lincoln’s papers has received a grant. Officials announced Tuesday that the Abraham Lincoln Association has given a $6,000 grant to the digitization project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

_ TASER ALTERNATIVE: A suburban Chicago police department is testing a new device that restrains suspects by shooting a Kevlar rope that wraps tightly around the person’s body.

SPORTS:

BKN--NETS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets go for their seventh straight win when they meet the struggling Chicago Bulls. Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team as Brooklyn beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

FBN--BEARS-FINE TUNING

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With the Chicago Bears already in the playoffs, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tries to sharpen up the inconsistent offense in preparation for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers and eventually a playoff game. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKC--SIU-EDWARDSVILLE-WASHINGTON STATE

PULLMAN, Wash. _ SIU-Edwardsville plays Washington State on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. PST.

BKC--INCARNATE WORD-DEPAUL

Incarnate Word plays DePaul at Wintrust Arena.

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