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

May 15, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 8:30 a.m. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate and House are back in session on Tuesday as members near the General Assembly’s May 31 scheduled adjournment. The AP is staffing and will have coverage on merits.


— OFFICER KILLED-PURSUIT: A man has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase. Thirty-five-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester entered the plea Monday before a bench trial was scheduled to begin.

— OBAMA LIBRARY: Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center. The federal lawsuit by Protect Our Parks Inc. seeks a court order barring the Chicago Park District and other city agencies from approving the building of former President Barack Obama’s center in Jackson Park.

— BICENTENNIAL-SCENIC SPOTS: A historic town along the Mississippi River tops a list of Illinois’ most scenic places compiled as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration. The Illinois Top 200 lets people vote for the state’s best things in 20 different categories, from top businesses to greatest books.

— VETERAN AFFAIRS-TOWN HALL: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in central Illinois to discuss the Veterans Administration health care system.

— OFFICER-TRAFFIC CRASH-GARY: A former northwest Indiana sheriff’s officer who authorities say struck another man with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

— BOARD OF REGENTS: The Tennessee Board of Regents is planning a special meeting to consider a recommendation for an Illinois college administrator to become the new president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro. Jon D. Mandrell is vice president of academics and student services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois.



ATLANTA — Cubs right hander Yu Darvish is expected to come off the disabled list to pitch Tuesday against the Braves and starter Mike Foltynewicz. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:35 p.m. CT


PITTSBURGH — Following an off day after the White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cubs Sunday, Reynaldo Lopez starts Tuesday night in the first of two games in Pittsburgh. Game time 6:05 p.m. CT. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Phoenix and Memphis have the two best chances of winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, with the order of top picks set to be decided by 14 ping-pong balls. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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