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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

October 1, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Hillary Clinton is campaigning for Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker. Clinton will attend a round table discussion Monday in Chicago with Pritzker and his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, and a group of high school women. Pritzker’s campaign says they’ll discuss the importance of leadership. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after event scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CST.


CHICAGO — The murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been halted for a day because a juror is ill. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan made the announcement Monday morning shortly after taking the bench. The trial will resume Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. With AP Photo.



SMITHTON, Ill. — A southern Illinois school district that has used a trailer to house classrooms and offices for six years is hoping voters will approve its request to expand the school building. Smithton School District 130 hopes to get rid of the trailer and add new classrooms, a gym, first-floor bathrooms, a band room and a stage. The changes would also give school buses space so they don’t block street traffic while picking up or dropping off students. It wants voters to approve the $5 million expansion plan in the Nov. 6 election. SENT: 260 words.


— DREW PETERSON-SUPREME COURT: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson’s appeal of his murder conviction in the drowning death of his third wife. With AP Photo.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE-HOMICIDES: Police say there have been 102 fewer homicides and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims in Chicago this year, compared to the first nine months of 2017.

— CHICAGO VIOLENCE: Police say two men were fatally shot and two others were shot and wounded during a dispute inside a moving car that ended in a rollover crash in downtown Chicago. The shooting and crash happened around midnight Sunday.

— CHICAGO-MAN SLAIN: Police say a 73-year-old man was fatally shot as he was returning to his Chicago apartment after walking his dogs.

— PARKING LOT SHOOTING: Authorities say a person fired shots in a northwestern Indiana store parking lot, injuring two people.

— FALL FIRE SAFETY: The Illinois State Fire Marshal is offering tips for a fire-free fall . Fire Marshal Matt Perez says leaves and sticks should be removed from gutters so they don’t fuel house fires.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s a surprise to many to see the Chicago Bears at 3-1 after a 48-10 win over Tampa Bay. Coach Matt Nagy isn’t one of them, though he views the team as nothing close to a finished product. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox lost 100 games, struck out more times than any other team in major league history and had several key prospects suffer serious injuries. They missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year, too. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman.

AP Photos MNJM102, MNSB104.


The Milwaukee Brewers play the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central title in an unusual tiebreaker game. The winner gets a spot in the division series and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The loser hosts the wild-card game Tuesday night. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m. ET.


CHICAGO — White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expects to see more signs of a turnaround next season with the young players on the roster continuing to mature and promising prospects in the pipeline making their way through the system. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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