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

December 3, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL

Illinois turns 200 Monday and Navy Pier in Chicago is the site of the Illinois Bicentennial gala. The eventual home state of Abraham Lincoln became the Union’s 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. UPCOMING: 130 words or more on merits. AP Photos pursuing.

SEVERE WEATHER

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Residents in central Illinois are assessing the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The severe weather in Illinois was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central U.S. late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. SENT: 500 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— RIVIAN AUTOMOTIVE-ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Interest is growing in central Illinois about Rivian Automotive’s electric pickup truck that was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR: Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The 23-date tour will include stops in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-LEAKING DEFENSE

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — For the first time all season, the Bears are showing flaws in their play on defense following a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants. Saquon Barkley had 125 yards for the most rushing yards by a back against the Bears defense all season, and the secondary that produced big plays was beaten with a trick play, with a big game against the Los Angeles Rams looming Sunday night at Soldier Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--FLORIDA A&M-DEPAUL

Florida A&M plays DePaul at Wintrust Arena.

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