AP-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IL
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Jury selection is beginning Friday for the trials of two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. In January 2013, honor student Hadiya Pendleton was with friends at a park a mile from Obama’s Chicago home when she was shot. Prosecutors say Hadiya was caught in the crossfire of a South Side gang feud. Prosecutors have said Michael Ward and Kenneth Williams picked up friends minutes after the shooting, driving an auto that detectives used to link them to the crime. UPCOMING: 300 words, more on merits from Friday developments.
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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program. Olive Branch police have charged Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St. Aubin, 29, both of Creal Springs, Illinois. Both men are being held on more than $600,000 bail and are supposed to be returned to Mississippi in coming days. SENT: 300 words.
— STATE JOBS-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there’s good reason to put them elsewhere. The Republican’s action is designed to save state money — and Springfield’s pride. It makes Sangamon County the “default location” for government employees.
— STRAY ANIMALS-CHICAGO: Chicago has a new strategy to return lost animals to their owners more quickly and keep them out of the city’s animal shelter. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the city’s animal control officers will now carry mobile microchip scanners. They’ll be able to scan lost pets that have been implanted with microchips to determine the owner’s address.
CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. Kyle Hendricks tries to win his third straight start for Chicago, with Jeremy Hellickson pitching for Washington. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians open a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox. Rookie Shane Bieber starts for Cleveland, and Carlos Rodon goes for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.
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