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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

January 16, 2019

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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ More than three years after the video of the Chicago police shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald was made public, this week one judge will announce how long the officer who pulled the trigger 16 times will be imprisoned and another will say if she believes three other officers lied about what happened to protect him. The hearings are Thursday and Friday. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


JERSEYVILLE, Ill. _ An Illinois father and stepmother face sentencing after pleading guilty to murder in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities said weighed just 17 pounds when he died. Court records show a Wednesday sentencing hearing scheduled for Michael L. Roberts and Georgena L. Roberts of Jerseyville. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from morning court hearing.


BELLEVILLE, Ill. _ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to take executive action regarding workforce development in southern Illinois. The AP is monitoring and plans a story on merits. Developing from 1 p.m. event.



NEW YORK _ Sears will live on_ at least for now. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder and chairman, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears in New York, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Lampert, who steered the company into bankruptcy protection, may be able to keep the roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open, which would mean tens of thousands of jobs are saved, at least for now. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 590 words, photo.


—TROOPER DEATH-FUNERAL: Funeral services are set for an Illinois State Police trooper killed when he was struck and killed by a vehicle along Interstate 294 in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.

—DATING APP-ROBBERY: A 19-year-old suburban Chicago man faces charges accusing him of robbing someone he lured through a dating app.

—CHICAGO HOSPITAL-SHOTS FIRED: Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability says it won’t release video or audio tapes of the November shooting at a hospital that left a police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident and the suspected shooter dead.

—CHICAGO-TEEN BIRTHS: The teen birth rate has decreased in Illinois and Chicago, with the city recording a new historic low.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Illinois hosts Minnesota in Big Ten conference play Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Butler travels to Chicago to take on DePaul on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.


PEORIA, Ill. _ Bradley hosts Drake in college basketball action Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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