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

November 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her speech addressing Trump’s comments on the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery. Mrs. Obama spoke Thursday at an event with “black-ish” actor Tracee Ellis Ross at The Forum near Los Angeles. She’s promoting her best-selling book “Becoming,” which was released this week. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moving in national services.


— CHICAGO ELEVATOR RESCUE: Firefighters broke through a wall in one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers to rescue six people who were trapped in an elevator. The Chicago Fire Department responded early Friday to the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly called the John Hancock Center.

— SIU STUDENT DEATH: A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese of Eldorado, Illinois.

— ABBVIE-DONATION: Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $55 million to three education nonprofits that serve students in high-poverty neighborhoods.

— DEER HUNTER-CHARGED: A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then tried to cover his tracks.

— ONLINE RECYCLING GUIDE: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers’ questions about recycling.



CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks meet in a matchup between struggling teams. The Kings are missing their top two goalies with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell injured. The Blackhawks beat St. Louis on Wednesday for their first win under Jeremy Colliton, who replaced the fired Joel Quenneville last week. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. CT


MILWAUKEE — The Chicago Bulls, who are 4-11 after being routed by 29 points at Boston on Wednesday night, continue on the road Friday night against the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Bucks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:30 p.m. CT


MINNEAPOLIS — With a spot in the Big Ten championship game secured, Northwestern has entered a strange pressure-free stretch of this already memorable season. No matter what happens for the 24th-ranked Wildcats in the next two games, at Minnesota and against Illinois, they’ll represent the West Division in Indianapolis on Dec. 1 against either, gulp, Michigan or Ohio State. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Iowa visits Illinois trying to end a three-game skid and salvage what’s left of its season. The Illini, meanwhile, continue dealing with key injuries, staff changes and a defense ranked as one of the worst in the nation. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


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