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

September 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Defense attorneys will call more witnesses Tuesday as the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke resumes. A forensic pathologist who testified Monday for the defense criticized the official autopsy results. Shaku Teas’ testimony seemed to contradict what the video of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald shows. The white officer shot the black teenager 16 times. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated from scheduled 10 a.m. continuation of trial.


— BALTIMORE HOMICIDE RATE: FBI crime statistics place Baltimore’s homicide rate above that of any other U.S. city with a population over 500,000. Baltimore’s 342 homicides in the city last year yielded a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people, followed by Detroit, which recorded a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people; Memphis, Tennessee, with a rate of 28 per 100,000 and Chicago, with a rate of 24 per 100,000.

— ILLINOIS-TRANSPORTATION AWARD: A temporary bridge used during reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago has earned Illinois a national transportation award.

— CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE: The Archdiocese of Chicago is closing one school and one church and merging parishes to help address financial issues and an expected priest shortage.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs will try again to clinch their franchise-record fourth straight playoff spot when they continue their series the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs need a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia. Chicago — also trying to hang onto first place in the NL Central with a 1-1/2 game lead on Milwaukee — sends Mike Montgomery to the mound. Chris Archer goes for Pittsburgh. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox continue their series Tuesday, with White Sox James Shields (7-16) scheduled to make his 33rd start of the season on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last five starts. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT


— SPORTS TEAMS-VOTER REGISTRATION: Nine sports franchises from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL are teaming up and asking fans to register to vote. The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox are among those offering fans a platform to register starting Tuesday on the teams’ mobile apps, websites and social media as part of a “Rally the Vote” effort. With AP Photos.


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