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AP-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL

October 2, 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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will likely resume after an unexpected day off. Van Dyke’s attorneys are expected to continue calling witnesses on Tuesday after Monday’s testimony was called off by the judge because a juror was ill. The defense team is believed to be getting close to calling its final witnesses and it remains unclear whether Van Dyke will testify about the night he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated from scheduled 10 a.m. continuation of trial.


FLINT, Mich. — Several people were injured Tuesday morning when a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for the right to form unions in Flint, Michigan, in what police said appears to be an accident. The protests are part of an effort to elect pro-union candidates in the November general election. Walkouts are planned in Milwaukee on Wednesday and Chicago on Thursday. SENT: 250 words. Will be updated.


— ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-OBAMA: Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a central Illinois congressional seat.

— KROGER-WALGREENS PILOT: The nation’s biggest grocery and drugstore chains are testing a plan to work together, trying to keep pace with Americans who increasingly shop with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPad. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens will begin selling Kroger products in 13 stores near Cincinnati and allow customers to use its locations to pick up Kroger groceries ordered online.

— CHICAGO CRASH: Authorities say the driver of a speeding car who failed to stop for Chicago police caused a multi-vehicle crash, killing a 3-year-old boy and two men.

— CHICAGO LIBRARY-ART SALE: Plans by the city of Chicago to restore a West Side library branch by selling a valuable piece of public art is being questioned by the leader of a business group.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A suburban Chicago man has been given a 16-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting four children that he knew.



CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the postseason. What they don’t have is room for error. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for their division championships. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 725 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.



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