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

December 18, 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. Ken Kusmer 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRAIN STRIKES OFFICERS-CHICAGO

CHICAGO _ Two Chicago police officers may not have seen or heard the commuter train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming from the opposite direction, a department spokesman said Tuesday. By Don Babwin. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated.

ELON MUSK-TUNNEL

LOS ANGELES _ Elon Musk plans to unveil a tunnel built under a Los Angeles suburb that the tech entrepreneur envisions as part of a new transportation system. The tunnel, meant to be a “proof of concept,” is being used to help Musk and The Boring Company conduct research and development for a broader system in traffic-plagued Los Angeles and beyond. One, known as the Dugout Loop, would take Los Angeles baseball fans to Dodger Stadium from one of three subway stations. Another would take travelers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport. Both projects are in the environmental review phase. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The judge presiding over the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald has postponed issuing her verdict. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson notified attorneys that she won’t issue her ruling on Wednesday, as she said she would after closing arguments earlier this month. She is expected to inform attorneys on Wednesday when she will deliver her verdict. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CISTERN PLUNGE-MAN RESCUED: Southwestern Illinois fire officials have rescued a man who fell into a cistern and was stuck neck-deep in its icy waters for nearly a half-hour. French Village fire officials say the man was rescued Monday after he fell into the underground water tank behind a vacant home in St. Clair County.

_ MCDONALD’S PROPERTY-SPORTS PARK: Park officials in a western suburb of Chicago have agreed to pay $15.8 million for vacant property owned by fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp.

_ TEACHER’S AIDE-CHILD PORN ARREST: A longtime teacher’s aide has been fired after hundreds of sexually explicit photos and videos of boys were allegedly found in his northwestern Indiana home.

_ DEA AGENT CHARGED: A federal magistrate judge will decide whether a Chicago DEA agent will remain jailed on charges that he joined the agency specifically to help a murderous Puerto Rican-based gang traffic guns and cocaine.

_ LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE-ILLINOIS: State officials are ready to display the final master plan for redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

_ HIT-AND-RUN FATALITY-CHARGES: A northwestern Indiana man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a suburban Chicago woman.

_ POLICE DOG ATTACK-SETTLEMENT: A northwestern Indiana city has agreed to pay $10,000 to the owners of a dog killed by a police dog that escaped from its handler.

SPORTS:

HKN--LOWLY BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — The last-place Chicago Blackhawks will be without one of their top defensemen for a while after they decided to loan Henri Jokiharju to Finland for the upcoming world junior championship. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

HKN--PREDATORS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s the first game for Chicago since it placed starting goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve with a concussion. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

SOC--US MALE PLAYER-STEFFEN

CHICAGO — Goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Male Player of the Year for 2018, the first year since 1987 the Americans did not play a competitive match. SENT: 250 words.

FBC--BOCA RATON BOWL

BOCA RATON, Fla. _ UAB seeks the first bowl win in school history, and Northern Illinois tries to end a streak of five consecutive bowl losses when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--BENEDICTINE-LOYOLA: Benedictine plays Loyola (IL) at Joseph J. Gentile Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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