BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
CHICAGO _ R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls _ accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor’s plea for potential victims and witnesses to come forward has sparked hope among some advocates that the R&B star might face new charges. By Russell Contreras and Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 900 words. AP Photos
DETROIT _ Ford’s aging Explorer SUV is getting a major revamp as it faces growing competition in the market for family haulers with three rows of seats. The company unveiled the new version Wednesday night at Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The Chicago-built Explorer goes on sale in the summer. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.
—COACH-SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES: Sexual assault charges have been filed against a former Chicago charter school basketball coach accused of molesting two underage female team members.
—ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-FATAL SHOOTING: Authorities have identified a man shot to death by a woman he attempted to rob as she waited for a bus at a Chicago street corner.
—CHILD DEATH-FLU-ILLINOIS: Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.
—FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-ANNIVERSARY: A suburban Chicago fire department will honor the lives of three firefighters who died fighting a fire at a Woolworth store 85 years ago.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Michigan makes a road trip to the State Farm Center to take on Illinois on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO _ Youngstown State plays Illinois-Chicago at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words.
BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-NORTH DAKOTA STATE
FARGO, N.D. _ Western Illinois takes a road trip Thursday to play North Dakota State on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.
BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-JACKSONVILLE STATE
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. _ Eastern Illinois plays Jacksonville State at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:15 p.m. CT.
BKC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Wisconsin hosts Purdue on Friday night in a matchup between two of the top players in the Big Ten _ Ethan Happ and Carsen Edwards. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
BKL--WNBA MOCK DRAFT
NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.
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