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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — Testimony is expected to resume Wednesday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. In the first two days of testimony, the case has been dominated by officers and former officers at the scene in 2014 when Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. The officers — including Van Dyke’s partner — have been asked why they did not shoot as Van Dyke did. By Don Babwin. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated on merits throughout the day.

IN BRIEF:

— DRUG LLAMA-FENTANYL: Prosecutors say a 31-year-old San Diego, California, woman who went by the online alias “The Drug Llama” faces federal charges in southern Illinois in a conspiracy that included the shipment of more than 50,000 fentanyl pills nationwide.

— EMANUEL-BOOK DEAL: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is adding a new title to his resume: Author. Book publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday it will publish a book by Emanuel on governing at a time of “historic gridlock.”

— FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION: The wife and daughter of a central Illinois man imprisoned for murder and arson have been charged with joining the inmate to steal from a relative.

— VFW-JACKPOT GAME: The more than $7 million Queen of Hearts raffle at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars has been won. The winner gets 60 percent, or about $4.2 million before taxes.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs, closing in on the NL Central title, send Cole Hamels to the mound and Arizona counters with Robbie Ray in a matchup of left-handers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:40 p.m. CT

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — White Sox starter Dylan Covey (5-13) takes on Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco (16-8) in the middle game of the teams’ three-game series. Carrasco has won both of his starts against Chicago this season, allowing one unearned run in 14 innings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT

FBN--BEARS MOMENTUM

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Led by outside linebacker Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears have compiled a league-high 10 sacks while forcing four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. Keeping the momentum going appears to be a possibility this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who’ve been outscored 58-6 in two games. UPCOMING: 600 words.

FBC--ILLINOIS-EPSTEIN

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith’s up-tempo, spread offense has created some big opportunities for Illinois, which has contributed to a solid 2-1 record going into Friday’s conference opener at home against No. 10 Penn State. No one has benefited more from Smith’s complex system than sophomore running back Mike Epstein. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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