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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

November 6, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who took office four years ago promising to reverse high taxes and overspending but instead snagged himself in a budget stalemate with Democrats, faced voters Tuesday along with Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker, who says he will be a cooperative leader. Pritzker, a billionaire who held a strong lead over Rauner in most polls, hoped to capitalize not only on Rauner’s lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump. By Sara Burnett and John O’Connor. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated.


CHICAGO — Democrats are looking to return to dominance in Illinois on Tuesday, when the party could retake the governor’s office, win all other statewide seats and flip as many as four GOP-held congressional districts. Enthusiasm has been higher than normal, as Democrats push back against President Donald Trump and his policies and Republicans try to hold on to some power in the left-leaning state. Election officials said last week that mail and early voting numbers had already surpassed the total for 2014 and were almost on pace with 2016. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms. By Sara Burnett and John O’Connor. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With: ELECTION 2018-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST. Updates throughout the day and after the polls close at 7 p.m.


— LAKE MICHIGAN-SWIMMER SWEPT AWAY: Authorities in suburban Chicago have resumed a search for a woman who disappeared after going swimming in treacherous waters in Lake Michigan. With AP Photos.

— PEORIA-BUDGET TROUBLES: The Peoria City Council is signaling a willingness to shrink the size of both the fire department and police force to find a way out of a $6 million budget shortfall.

— COLD WEATHER DEATH: The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has reported the first cold-weather related death of the season in the Chicago area. The 52-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday morning about 10 minutes after he was discovered on the city’s far South Side.

— WHEELCHAIR SCAM: A man who pretended to require a wheelchair to get sympathetic elderly people in suburban Chicago to comply with his requests for expensive gifts and hotel room payments has been arrested.

— DRUG-INDUCED DEATH-GUILTY PLEA: A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to supplying a fatal dose of methadone to a 15-year-old student from Spain.

— EARNS-ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND: Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $536 million. The Chicago-based company said it had net income of 94 cents per share.

— SERVICE MEMBERS-HOLIDAY GIFTS: Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is encouraging the sending of greeting cards and socks to service members as part of the 2018 Holiday Hero Drive.

— BURLINGTON SLAYING: A January trial has been scheduled for an Illinois resident accused of killing a man in southeast Iowa last year.



CHICAGO — Joel Quenneville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, the longtime coach figured this was a big season for him. “I only think we’re in the winning business and we better win,” Quenneville said on the first day of training camp. Two months later, it was over. The Blackhawks fired Quenneville on Tuesday, ending a wildly successful run that returned the franchise to the top of the NHL after years of heartache. By Sports Writer Jay Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame opens its season at home Tuesday night against Illinois-Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 7 p.m. ET


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana welcomes the long-awaited start of the Romeo Langford era Tuesday night when the Hoosiers host Chicago State in their season opener. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. ET.


CHICAGO — Christian Pulisic is scheduled to be back with the U.S. national team, while Michael Bradley was dropped again just a month after his return. Entering what are likely his final matches in charge of the Americans, interim coach Dave Sarachan announced a 28-man roster Tuesday for exhibitions at England on Nov. 15 and against Italy five days later at Genk, Belgium. SENT: 550 words, photos.


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