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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

November 30, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Dec. 1-2. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.

Moving Saturday:

ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL

SPRINGFIELD — The Land of Lincoln celebrates its 200th birthday on Monday with a bash in Chicago featuring a rap version of the Gettysburg Address by the star of “Hamilton;” the display of all the championship trophies won by Illinois pro sports teams; and a celebration of all things Illinois, from Abraham Lincoln to the Chicago blues. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

SOYBEAN RESEARCH SHIFT

CARBONDALE — Illinois soybean researchers are struggling to continue with their work after an Illinois board’s decision to invest in areas other than research. UPCOMING: 350 words.

Moving Sunday:

CHICAGO HOSPITAL SECURITY

CHICAGO — Chicago-area hospitals are reviewing safety precautions after last month’s mass shooting that left four people, including the shooter, dead. UPCOMING: 350 words.

EXCHANGES

Saturday:

EXCHANGE-VETERANS CLOSET

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — In his 82 years, Russ McCann claims he never had a nickname. But the Korean War veteran says “Pops” is fine with him. An AP Member Exchange by Mick Zawislak. Daily Herald. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Sunday:

EXCHANGE-BEFORE BASIC TRAINING

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Push-ups, chin-ups and sit-ups. They’re the upside of training for future Marines, who will face greater challenges — hefting ammo boxes full of rocks over their heads and heading out for a brisk 1.5-mile run on a warm fall day. Twenty or so future Marines are at the recruiting station on West Bradley Avenue every Thursday, getting a taste of what boot camp will be like, preparing for the physical rigors. An AP Member Exchange by Paul Wood. The News-Gazette. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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