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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 4 pm, IL

November 24, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 4 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ILLINOIS VIDEO GAMBLING

CHICAGO — Video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in just the last three years, a new state report concludes. The report released last month by the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability found that video gambling racked up a net income of $1.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, generating about $70 million in tax revenue for local governments. SENT: 320 words

AROUND THE STATE

POLICE SHOOTING-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO — Friends and family attended funeral services Saturday for a security guard who was fatally shot by a suburban Chicago police officer outside the bar where he worked. Jemel Roberson was killed on Nov. 11 while holding at gunpoint a man who’d been involved in an earlier shooting at the bar in Robbins, just south of Chicago. SENT: 260 words. AP Photos pursuing.

EXCHANGE-FRESH START

PEORIA, Ill. — On the cusp of Thanksgiving, Tiffany Bryant and Daniel Crowley were grateful for a roof over their heads. Until recently, the couple spent three years in a tent near the Illinois River. Even in sub-zero nights of winter, they toughed it out, as they had nowhere else to go. They do now. Although disbelieving at first, they accepted a nudge from Dream Center Peoria to move into The Village, the not-for-profit’s supportive-housing program. They’re on a path to permanent employment and housing. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.

EXCHANGE-HOMELESS WORKER

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It’s 1 p.m. on a weekday and Tim Stenger is fixing a broken cabinet in the back room of C-U at Home’s Phoenix Drop-in Center, an afternoon shelter where homeless people like Stenger gather daily. “They said, ‘Tim, do you want a chore to do?’” Stenger said. “I said, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t like wasting time.” Stenger lives for chores like this. Every appliance, furnace and piece of furniture is different, and diagnosing the issue and fixing it is like a puzzle to him. A few years ago, he repaired the doors on the unattached garage, where he now lays his head at night, along with two of the lawnmowers that line one wall. He’s offered to mend the leaky roof as well. UPCOMING: 1,500 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ILLINOIS WOLVES MYSTERY: DNA testing shows that wolf-like animals filmed by a western Illinois man’s trail camera are apparently coyotes, not wolves.

— DEER HUNTING-HARVEST: Illinois hunters took nearly 59,000 deer during the first weekend of this fall’s firearm deer season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that harvest represented a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the season last year. That weekend’s harvest totaled 51,450.

— COMMERCE-WINTER PREPAREDNESS: The Illinois Commerce Commission has scheduled a winter preparedness policy session to ensure there is ample natural gas for the heating season.

SPORTS:

FBN--DITKA-HEALTH: Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a mild heart attack. Steve Mandell, Ditka’s agent, tells ESPN that doctors inserted a pacemaker. He says Ditka is “doing much better,” and the iconic coach “appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.”

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Chicago Blackhawks complete a two-game Florida swing Saturday when they play the Panthers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--DEPAUL-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND — Powered by its best shooting performance of the season, Notre Dame pulled away in the second half Saturday for a 95-70 victory over DePaul. Pinpoint senior Rex Pflueger poured in a career-high 20 points as the Irish improved to 5-1. His line included 6 of 7 from the field, 4 of 4 on 3-pointers and 4 of 4 at the line. By Anthony Anderson.

FBC--T25-ILLINOIS-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 20 Northwestern looks to avoid a letdown against struggling Illinois, with a trip to the Big Ten championship game coming up. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-ARKANSAS STATE

Eastern Illinois plays Arkansas State at U.S. Cellular Center.

BKC--UW-PARKSIDE-ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

UW-Parkside plays Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion.

BKC--LINDENWOOD-ILLINOIS STATE

Lindenwood plays Illinois State at Redbird Arena.

BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-NEBRASKA

Western Illinois plays Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

BKC--CHICAGO STATE-BRADLEY

Chicago State plays Bradley at Carver Arena.

BKC--JAMES MADISON-NORTHERN ILLINOIS

James Madison plays Northern Illinois at Athletics Center O’rena.

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