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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

February 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Technology played a big role in the investigation of allegations that “Empire” actor Jesse Smollett was the victim of a hate crime. Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras to help track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by Smollett to stage an attack on him. Police have access to more than 32,000 cameras mounted on buildings, poles, train tunnels and buses. And they can track someone by linking those cameras from various locations including squad cars. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 710 words, photos.


The case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett could have consequences beyond the Chicago courtroom where he was charged with staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself. The saga has inflamed political tensions even more, and people worry about damaging fallout for genuine hate crime victims. By David Crary. SENT: 960 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ The case against Jussie Smollett could do more lead to a conviction for the “Empire” star _ some experts see the allegations he orchestrated an attack designed to look like a hate crime as dealing a potentially fatal blow to his career. The 36-year-old’s arrest on charges he filed a false police report over his account to authorities about an attack on a downtown Chicago street last month hasn’t yet slowed down his Hollywood career. He went straight from his release to the set of “Empire.” By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ The Illinois State Police says more than 75 percent of people who received gun license revocations in the state last year ignored the notices. State police issued a detailed firearm owners identification card report late Thursday in response to questions that arose after a warehouse shooting in Aurora that left five people dead. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.


SHEFFIELD, England _ U.S. and Royal Air Force planes have soared over Sheffield, England, to honor 10 U.S. airmen who sacrificed their lives during World War II to save children playing in a park where they had tried to land. One of those children, Tony Foulds, is now 82. He watched the fly-past after spending decades lobbying for public recognition of the sacrifice made by the crew of the B-17G nicknamed “Mi Amigo.” Foulds wanted an aerial display befitting men who fought in the sky _ and got it. By Danica Kirka and Jo Kearney. SENT: 940 words, photos.


—CHICAGO-SISTER CITY: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Lord Mayor Clover Moore of Sydney, Australia, say they’ve signed a new sister city agreement.

—BLOOMINGTON-METH CASE: A central Illinois man has entered a guilty plea to federal drug charges related to a methamphetamine distribution case.

—JAIL BEATING-LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT: Cook County commissioners have approved a $1.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought because of the jailhouse beating of a northern Illinois woman.



ROSEMONT, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears would like to upgrade at kicker and Robbie Gould figures to hit the free agent market. The idea of bringing back the franchise’s all-time scoring leader sure is a tantalizing one for Chicago fans, particularly in the wake of Cody Parkey’s struggles. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words.


MESA, Ariz. _ For Anthony Rizzo, spring training has a different feel this year. The three-time All-Star showed up cracking jokes and slinging one-liners as he set out to help the Chicago Cubs bounce back from a disappointing finish last season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks go for their 11th win in 13 games when they meet the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Chicago Bulls visit the Orlando Magic on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


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