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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

November 8, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD — Democrat J.B. Pritzker capitalized on voter dissatisfaction of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s handling of the budget to win the seat Tuesday. Pritzker collected 54 percent of the vote to Rauner’s 39 percent, the worst drubbing sustaining by an incumbent Illinois executive since at least 1900. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Republican wall that has stood in state capitols for much of the past decade now has a few holes in it. Democrats flipped control of seven gubernatorial offices, including Illinois, marking their greatest gains in several decades, and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats in Tuesday’s first midterm elections of President Donald Trump’s tenure. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 765 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — For all the many successes among candidates of color, including Illinois’ Lauren Underwood, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism, with minority politicians’ intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and President Donald Trump in what were widely seen as coded appeals to white voters. Several Democratic strategists said Wednesday that the outcome showed the need for the party to recalibrate its strategy heading into 2020 and beyond. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 675 words, photos.



JAKARTA, Indonesia — A crucial sensor that is the subject of a Boeing Co. safety bulletin was replaced on a Lion Air jet the day before it plunged into the Java Sea and possibly worsened other problems with the plane, Indonesian investigators said Wednesday. Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said it had agreed with Boeing on procedures that the Chicago-based airplane manufacturer should distribute globally on how flight crews can deal with “angle of attack” sensor problems following the Oct. 29 crash that killed all 189 people on board. By Niniek Karmini and Andi Jatmiko. SENT: 545 words, photos.


— CDK GLOBAL-CEO-KRZANICH: The former CEO of Intel is being named as the top executive at CDK Global, a suburban Chicago-based company that provides technology to auto dealers. With AP Photo.


— CHICAGO-SHOOTING DEATH-CONVICTION: A Chicago man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of photographer who was caught in gunfire related to a gang rivalry.

— VIDEO GAMBLING-VOTE: A Chicago suburb that once welcomed video gambling machines now wants them out of town. A majority of those who cast their ballots in Forest Park voted to prohibit video gambling machines.

— LOST ELECTION-JUDGE: For the first time in nearly three decades a Cook County judge has been voted out of office. Circuit judge Matthew Coghlan didn’t receive the 60 percent of the votes that county judges need to keep their seats after allegations surfaced that he helped frame two men for murder when he was a prosecutor and disrespected minorities as a judge.

— U OF ILLINOIS-FUNDING REQUEST: University of Illinois officials are planning to seek a 16.5 percent funding boost from the state toward making up money it lost from the state’s long budget standoff.

— TAX FRAUD-SENTENCE: A fifth and final defendant charged in an Illinois tax-fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than eight years behind bars.

— ARCELORMITTAL BLAST-WORKER INJURED: A steel company is blaming a fire at a northwestern Indiana mill on slag being dumped onto an area containing water.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears’ offense refuse to become mired in mistakes or popular assessments. Trubisky long ago ditched social media to focus his attention on operating coach Matt Nagy’s new offense, and the result has been a 5-3 record and first place in the NFC North at the midpoint. While the Bears’ defense is generally regarded as the major reason for Chicago’s rise from last place, Trubisky sees the offense making stready strides forward heading into Sunday’s divisional battle with the Detroit Lions. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 760 words, photos.


NEW ORLEANS — The Chicago Bulls, who won a road game Monday against the New York Knicks behind Zach LaVine’s career-high 41 points, play at New Orleans on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Jeremy Colliton knows all about Joel Quenneville’s legacy with the Chicago Blackhawks. He thinks he knows what to do, too. Chicago is hoping Colliton’s fresh perspective will help the team get back on track after he became the 38th head coach in franchise history on Tuesday, taking over when Quenneville was fired after a wildly successful run with the Blackhawks. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 800 words, photos.


LINCOLN, Neb. — AJ Bush finally will get to play a game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. His opportunity has come in a way he never could have imagined when he showed up in Lincoln fresh out of high school in 2014. He left after two years to search for playing time, and he’s found it at his fourth school, Illinois, where he won the starting quarterback’s job for his only season there as a graduate transfer. As much as Bush wants to not make a big deal out of his return Saturday, he knows it would be disingenuous to say it’s not. By Eric Olson. SENT: 650 words, photos.


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