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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEVEES-FLOODING

ST. LOUIS— Missouri landowners and environmentalists are urging a federal agency to sanction a levee district on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, arguing that the earthen barrier has been built above its authorized height, worsening flooding for its neighbors. Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a river conservation organization based in St. Louis, sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in October urging the agency to take action if the Sny Island Levee District in Illinois fails to reduce its levee height. FEMA didn’t respond to the alliance but told The Associated Press it is working to resolve the issue. By Jim Salter. SENT: 590 words. Will be updated.

WOMEN’S MARCH-CONTROVERSY

CHICAGO _ There won’t be a Women’s March next month in Chicago as organizers have canceled the event amid accusations of anti-Semitism are dogging the movement. Organizers have pointed to high costs and limited volunteer hours as key reasons why a march won’t be held in January as similar events in Washington, D.C. and dozens of other cities around the United States and the world will be held. But the decision comes as the national group Women’s March Inc. has come under harsh criticism for what has been seen as an accommodation for anti-Semitic rhetoric. UPCOMING; 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_CHICAGO-TOBACCO TAX: A state appeals court has upheld a Chicago ordinance that will raise the prices of cigars, self-rolled tobacco and chewing tobacco.

_WASTEWATER TREATMENT-GRANTS: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering grants to public wastewater treatment plants to improve energy efficiency.

_DOGS TROWN FROM BALCONY: Chicago Police say criminal charges are pending against a man after they say he threw two small dogs off a second-floor balcony during a fight with his wife.

SPORTS

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Coach Tom Thibodeau visits his old stomping grounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau coached the Bulls for five seasons before getting fired. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

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