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BC-IL--Illinois News Advisory 1:30 pm , IL

December 15, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUFFS WIND FARM

VALMEYER — Environmentalists in southern Illinois have raised concerns that a proposed wind turbine project will diminish the area’s natural beauty and hurt animal habitat. Developer Joe Koppeis, who owns Southern Illinois Wind, hopes to construct 50 wind turbines along 15 miles of bluffs south of Valmeyer and Waterloo, The Belleville News-Democrat reported . Koppeis expects the project to cost $220 million. SENT: 420 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

Saturday:

EXCHANGE-URBAN FOREST

URBANA, Ill. _ One tree. Eighty trees. They won’t solve climate issues by themselves, say Warren Lavey and Holly Rosencranz, but every little bit helps. In the past year, the couple has donated $15,000 to the city of Urbana for its ongoing project of replenishing its urban forest. Hundreds of Urbana’s ash trees have been decimated by the emerald ash borer. City arborists realized the loss of so many trees drove the age of the city’s urban forest up, and there needed to be a plan to replace the dying ones. By Adalberto Toledo. The News-Gazette. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HEADSTONE STORIES

DECATUR, Ill. _ Unlike so many of the stones marking the final resting place of Civil War veterans in Greenwood Cemetery, the stone of Archie Ward is easy to read. Born in 1844 in Tennessee as a slave, Ward fought in the Civil War, served as pastor of St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church and died in Decatur in 1916. As St. Teresa High School sociology students Maddie McNamara and Taylor Prasun copied down the information for their class project, they discussed Ward and wondered about him. By Valerie Wells. Herald & Review. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY-FARM: Illinois State University is buying about 80 acres of land adjacent to the central Illinois farm operated by the university’s agriculture department.

_ MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR: Lawyers for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese University of Illinois scholar have argued the case should be heard in state court, where the death penalty isn’t an option.

_ NORMAL-PAY RAISES: A central Illinois community may nearly double the next mayor’s salary and also give raises to city council members.

_ INDIANA-TOLLBOOTH FATALITY: A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries.

_ ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION: Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural celebration will raise money for a Chicago-based legal aid organization and the foundation that supports the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin (duu KOYN).

_ TEACHER’S CAR STOLEN: Police say they recovered the vehicle of a Lake County teacher, four days after a student apparently stole the keys from a high school classroom.

SPORTS:

BKN--Bulls-Spurs

SAN ANTONIO _ The Chicago Bulls visit the San Antonio Spurs. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have made another offseason move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland gets 24-year-old outfielder Alex Call in a deal made official Saturday. Call has yet to make his major league debut. The Indians also rid themselves of Alonso’s entire $8 million salary for 2019. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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