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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

January 9, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up at 6 p.m. 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. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

SEARS REPRIEVE

NEW YORK — Sears received another possible lifeline Tuesday when the company’s chairman and largest shareholder promised to line up the necessary financing to keep the struggling department store chain afloat. The reprieve came after what Sears lawyers described to a bankruptcy judge in New York as “round-the-clock” negotiations following the company board’s initial rejection of Eddie Lampert’s proposal, which sought to preserve 425 stores and 50,000 workers. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 440 words, photo.

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT:

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an “epic struggle” over state spending with outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Democratic House majority endorsed measures to allow Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker to offer higher salaries to his cabinet and to replace a problematic Illinois Tollway board. The legislation moves to the Senate for action before the 101st General Assembly convenes on Wednesday. By John O’Connor. SENT: 575 words, photos.

With:

_ ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

SUBURBAN CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING

LAKEMOOR, Ill. — Video of suburban Chicago police fatally shooting a Pennsylvania man wanted on a murder warrant shows an officer struggling with him after he pointed a gun at her head. SENT: 140 words. AP Video.

CHICAGO STATE-LAWSUIT

CHICAGO _ Chicago State University has agreed to pay two professors $650,000 to settle a lawsuit over their blog that criticized school leadership. The Chicago Tribune reports that professors Robert Bionaz and Phillip Beverly sued the university in 2014 for allegedly violating their free speech through repeated attempts to shut down their blog. The settlement agreement also gives the university 60 days to revamp school policies about cyberbullying and computer usage. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MONDELEZ MOVE: Oreo-maker Mondelez International Inc. is moving its headquarters from a Chicago suburb into the city.

_ PRIEST-CHILD ABUSE: The city of Springfield has fired a City Water, Light and Power employee whose name appeared on a list of Catholic priests credibly accused of child sex abuse.

SPORTS:

BBA--WHITE SOX-HERRERA

CHICAGO _ Kelvin Herrera helped the Kansas City Royals build to a World Series championship. He sees similar potential with the Chicago White Sox. The two-time All-Star reliever and the White Sox finalized an $18 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. Herrera will earn $8.5 million in each of the next two years as part of the deal, and the White Sox have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 305 words.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Defense takes the spotlight in the NFL playoffs, even in this era of explosive offenses. Half of the wild-card games came down to the kickers. Sebastian Janikowski’s pulled hamstring left the Seahawks in a bind and Cody Parkey’s last-second miss for the Bears was tipped at the line. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-MCAFEE’S NEW QUEST

Pat McAfee watched those two agonizing bounces in Chicago on Sunday and immediately tried to put Cody Parkey’s missed field goal in perspective. He thought about the 27 death threats he received after missing a couple of costly kicks during one game in college. He felt horribly for the friend who sometimes slept on his floor when they were training camp teammates in 2014 with Indianapolis. And then McAfee, the Colts’ former punter, contemplated how he would have described the situation to a television audience. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words.

Also:

_ BKC--LOYOLA (IL)-EVANSVILLE: Loyola (IL) plays Evansville at Ford Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--NORTHERN IOWA-ILLINOIS STATE: Northern Iowa plays Illinois State at Redbird Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--NORTHERN ILLINOIS-MIAMI (OH): Northern Illinois plays Miami (OH) at Millett Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-DRAKE: Southern Illinois plays Drake at Knapp Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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