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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest, IL

November 16, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PALATINE, Ill. — A school district in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs is moving forward with a plan to fill clerical roles with armed retired police officers who will also be available to increase school security. Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board members endorsed Superintendent Scott Thompson’s proposal on Wednesday. The proposal would have retired officers serve as support employees in the front offices of elementary schools. The officers would also be allowed to use their law enforcement experience if needed. SENT: 290 words.




SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to sell a shuttered prison work camp to local officials. The Hardin County Work Camp in Cave in Rock once held 200 minimum-security prisoners. It was closed in August 2015 for budgetary reasons. Both the House and Senate concluded the first week of their fall session. Both chambers return to work Nov. 27 for three days. SENT: 130 words. Expected to stand.


— U OF ILLINOIS-PRESIDENT BONUS: The University of Illinois board has approved a $100,000 bonus to system President Tim Killeen for the third straight year.

— CHICAGO TERRORISM ARREST: Prosecutors are opposing a change-of-plea motion by a 25-year-old man accused of trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb in Chicago.

— POLICE SHOOTING-PEORIA: A prosecutor has ruled that a Peoria police officer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop.

— WINTRY WEATHER-ILLINOIS: An early season snowstorm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of southwestern and central Illinois, causing widespread school closures and some traffic snarls.

— HARASSMENT CHARGES-SENATORS: A southern Illinois woman has been charged with making more than 200 harassing phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth over a five-month period.

— BANKERS SURVEY: OMAHA, Neb. — For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking. The overall index of the Rural Mainstreet survey for November sank to 49.9, the first time it’s dipped below 50 since January.

— STATE TROOPER-SOLICITATION CHARGES: An Illinois State trooper who admitted to soliciting a woman to have sex with him has been sentenced to a form of probation and agreed to resign from his job.

— PEORIA-BUDGET TROUBLES: The Peoria City Council has voted to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole.

— POLICE COMMANDER-CHARGES: A former Chicago police commander has been charged with stealing more than $360,000 of Social Security funds in a scheme lasting more than 23 years.

— OFFICER KILLED-1980: Another man is facing a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer.



CHICAGO — Max Strus and DePaul host Penn State in a Big East-Big Ten matchup on Thursday. Both teams are 2-0 to open the season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. CT.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Mitchell Trubisky understands how high the stakes are. The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and demonstrate just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for first place Sunday night. “It’s a huge opportunity to show the world what we’re about and make a statement in our division,” Trubisky said. It has been a long time since the Bears (6-3) have been in a spot like this. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 825 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.


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