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

October 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — From the moment Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, the case has centered around the video. As attorneys prepare to make their final arguments on Thursday, the question is what jurors will think after watching the video repeatedly over the course of the three-week trial. What about the testimony from Van Dyke and his partner that night that the squad car video and nearby surveillance cameras didn’t capture their experience? By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated. Court is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, battling to keep his job, attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday as a “trust fund baby” and a tax cheat who “represents everything that’s wrong in Illinois.” Pritzker accused Rauner of being slow to act after he learned a suburban Chicago company where he once had a business interest was emitting cancer-causing gas, and of covering up a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans’ home. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said her office will launch a criminal investigation of how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration handled a three-year-old Legionnaire’s disease crisis at a state-run veterans’ home. The Democrat will review compliance with state law and whether residents and staff of the Quincy home and the public were notified in a timely manner, spokeswoman Eileen Boyce said. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.


NEW YORK — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


— STATE POLICE MEMORIAL: A new memorial will honor the lives of Illinois State Police troopers who died in the line of duty. The Illinois State Police Memorial Park includes a wall etched with the names of 67 troopers. It’s located near the state Capitol in Springfield.

— GUN VIOLENCE-LAWSUIT: Three Chicago women have filed a lawsuit calling for tighter regulation of gun sales in Illinois, including the video-recording of transactions and background checks on all gun store and gun show employees.



OTTAWA — The Chicago Blackhawks play their season opener on the road Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. CT.


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