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BC-Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm

January 7, 2019

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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 fallout is continuing for a longtime Chicago City Council member charged with trying to shake down a fast-food chain — and for politicians with connections to him. Alderman Ed Burke was charged last week with attempted extortion. The 75-year-old Democrat has served on the council for 50 years, including more than three decades as chairman of the powerful finance committee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has resigned his seat. Lou Lang announced Monday that he’s ending his 32-year legislative career. The 69-year-old from Skokie has joined the lobbying firm Advantage Government Strategies. SENT: 130 words.


_ NEW LAWMAKER-ILLINOIS: A Chicago political and community organizer has been appointed to the Illinois Senate to finish the term of Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul. A group of Democrats appointed Robert Peters on Sunday to serve out Raoul’s term through 2020. A group of Democrats appointed Robert Peters on Sunday to finish Raoul’s term through 2020.

_ SPRINGFIELD ART CENTER: The Springfield Art Association has opened a new $1.8 million Visual Arts Center.

_ 1981 KILLING-SULLIVAN COUNTY: Police are seeking the public’s help as they look for a break in a western Indiana woman’s unsolved 1981 killing.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears made a huge jump in their first season under coach Matt Nagy. They won the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes and made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. They just wish it was still going, but Philadelphia knocked them out, 16-15 in a wild-card game on Sunday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames close out a four-game trip with a visit to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Chicago is opening a three-game homestand. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.


_ KANSAS ST-LAKES DISMISSED: Kansas State has dismissed sophomore center Maary Lakes from its women’s basketball program for a violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the team. The native of Peoria, Illinois, had played in all 13 games this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds.


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