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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

April 1, 2019

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. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ R&B star R. Kelly’s attorney is scheduled to file a motion in Cook County court Monday morning. The AP is staffing and plans a story on merits. Developing from 9:30 a.m. CT hearing.


—CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS-INJURED: Two Chicago firefighters have been injured when they fell through a hole on the third floor of an apartment building and plunged two stories.

—JUDSON UNIVERSITY-MARK CUBAN: Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban will speak at a suburban Chicago college this spring as part of a speaker series that also raises money for scholarships.



ATLANTA _ The Chicago Cubs are in Atlanta on Monday to play in the Braves’ home opener. UPCOMNG: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CT.


CLEVELAND _ The Chicago White Sox are in Cleveland on Monday to play in the Indians’ home opener. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.


It’s common for baseball’s top prospects to spend a bit of time in the minors at the beginning of the season, but the Padres and White Sox put Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez on the big league roster for opening day. Tatis, a shortstop, had two hits in San Diego’s win over San Francisco. Jimenez, an outfielder, had a run and an RBI in Chicago’s loss to Kansas City. By Noah Trister. SENT: 630 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ The Central-leading Winnipeg Jets will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they meet the Chicago Blackhawks, who would be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose and Colorado beats St. Louis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Chicago Bulls visit the New York Knicks on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics were stepping stones for LeBron James on his annual trips to the NBA Finals. Now they are getting ready for their chance in the Eastern Conference playoffs that no longer include James. The Raptors appear set to be the No. 2 seed and the Celtics are fighting for fourth. Boston is still hoping to live up to its preseason expectations. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 920 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Defending NCAA champion Notre Dame and Stanford meet Monday for a shot at the Final Four when they face off in the Chicago Region final. The Irish are in their 10th Elite Eight and eighth in nine years while the Cardinal reached their 20th regional final. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET.


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