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AP-IL--Illinois News Coverage ADVISORY 8:30 am, IL

September 7, 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. Don Babwin 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



URBANA, Ill, — Former President Barack Obama is stepping up his political involvement ahead of the November midterm elections, aimed at bolstering Democratic enthusiasm as the party tries to regain control of Congress. Advisers cast a speech Barack Obama will give Friday in Urbana, Illinois, when he accepts an ethics in government award, as the moment he will re-engage in politics after spending most of his post-presidency on the partisan sidelines. By Sara Burnett and Juana Summers. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. event. AP photos.


BELLEVILLE — A Las Vegas man already facing charges that he helped conceal the homicidal death of his 6-year-old daughter who was found in an Illinois garage has been charged with first-degree murder. UPCOMING: 300 words.


—CHICAGO HIOTELS-STRIKE: Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits.

—SENIOR HOME-THEFT: Several workers at a Chicago seniors’ home are accused of stealing more than $600,000 from a 97-year-old resident suffering from dementia.

—COLLEGE TO CAREER: College-bound students and their families now can consult an online program to determine the post-graduate economics of attending school in Illinois.

—NORTHWESTERN-CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Northwestern University has set a new target for its five-year capital campaign after reaching its original goal months early.



WASHINGTON — Jon Lester starts for the Chicago Cubs in the second game of their series against the Nationals. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.


WASHINGTON — With so much attention focused on Daniel Murphy’s return to Washington for the first time since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, it was his in-game replacement — David Bote — who once again tormented the Nationals. Bote had a pinch-hit RBI double and scored in the 10th inning as the Cubs came back to beat the Nationals 6-4 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Moved early Friday.


CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


CHAMPAIGN — Illinois, looking to find its footing after a surprisingly tough comeback win against Kent State to open the season, in theory gets another tune-up game at home Saturday against Western Illinois. By Terry Towery. SENT: 600 words.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern wouldn’t mind a little payback against Duke, though the Wildcats were trying not to dwell on it, when the two teams meet on Saturday. A 41-17 loss to the Blue Devils on the road last year was part of a 2-3 start that threatened to derail a 10-win season that ended with a victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


OXFORD — Mississippi’s defense was a big concern heading into the season, but coach Matt Luke said last weekend’s 47-27 win over Texas Tech was a step in the right direction. Now the Rebels try to keep the momentum against Southern Illinois on Saturday. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DEKALB, Ill. — Utah hopes to extend a non-conference winning streak to 21 in a first-time meeting with Northern Illinois and first against any Mid-American Conference foe. The Utes held Weber State to just 59 yards of total offense — fewest in the nation — in last week’s 41-10 season-opening victory. Northern Illinois lost 33-7 at Iowa. The Huskies have nine wins against Power Five conference opponents in the past 15 years. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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