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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

March 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A study has found that an Illinois’ teacher shortage has become particularly acute in central and southern sections of the state. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools has released a study showing that 89 percent of school districts in central Illinois have trouble filling teaching positions with qualified candidates. Southern Illinois fared worse, with 92 percent having staffing issues. Association president Mark Jontry notes the pay for beginning teachers is not high. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO _ “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is expected in a Chicago court for a hearing on whether cameras will be allowed during his felony disorderly conduct case. A spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys says the actor is expected to attend Tuesday morning’s hearing in Cook County criminal court. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 11:30 a.m. hearing.


CHICAGO _ Suspension is being recommended for a Chicago police sergeant found to have unjustifiably shot an unarmed autistic 18-year-old. A civilian oversight office made the recommendation despite concluding Sgt. Khalil Muhammad acted unreasonably. The attorney for Ricardo “Ricky” Hayes, told the Chicago Tribune the recommendation is troubling. A Chicago police sergeant assigned to investigate the shooting claims he was retaliated against for refusing to clear Muhammad in the shooting. SENT: 500 words. Moved later yesterday and available for use.


—HOTEL SHOOTING-ILLINOIS-FLAGS: State government buildings are flying U.S. and Illinois flags at half-staff in honor of a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy killed in a Rockford hotel shooting.

—BLIND DOG FOUND: A blind dog named Callie has been found — more than three weeks after she dashed from her western Illinois home.

—SMOKE DETECTORS-BATTERIES: The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal says it’s time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.



CHICAGO _ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers meet Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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