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

October 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 city of Chicago is watching closely for word of a verdict in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The jury determining Officer Jason Van Dyke’s fate is expected to continue deliberations Friday after starting them on Thursday afternoon. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 900 words, photos. Will be updated with Friday jury deliberations.



— PEOPLE-CHANCE THE RAPPER-CHICAGO: Chance the Rapper says he’s donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, saying those involved “want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed.”

— CHICAGO MARATHON-TRAFFIC: The city of Chicago is urging people to use public transportation and prepare for road closures during this weekend’s Chicago marathon. More than 40,000 runners will participate in Sunday’s 26.2-mile race.

— ILLINOIS-COAL REGULATIONS: The Illinois Pollution Control Board has refused to adopt a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner to relax limits on pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants. The proposal by Rauner was intended to help a struggling industry.

— ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL-UNITED CENTER PARTY: A Gettysburg Address rap by Broadway in Chicago’s “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes, Illinois-bred rockers REO Speedwagon and a cast of Prairie State celebrities will highlight the state’s 200th birthday party Dec. 3.

— OHIO RIVER-WATER STANDARDS: A commission that watches over the Ohio River’s health has put off a vote on whether to move away from its role of setting pollution standards for the river.

— SPRINGFIELD-MURDER CHARGES: Four central Illinois residents have been charged in connection with the death of a man last month inside a Springfield hotel.

— FAST FOOD WORKERS-PROTEST: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was among more than 50 people were cited by police at a Chicago protest calling for higher wages and union rights for fast food workers.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears rolled into their bye with their most lopsided victory in six seasons and sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time in five years. For a team long buried at the bottom of the division, it’s a different look. Just don’t tell coach Matt Nagy the Bears are the surprise of the NFL. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 800 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards. Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout. It’s not clear who will be available Saturday when No. 20 Michigan State hosts Northwestern. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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