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

August 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday for one of two men on trial in the 2013 death of Hadiya Pendleton — a 15-year-old honor student who became a national symbol of Chicago gun violence when she was shot just days after performing at then-President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities. UPCOMING: 300 words.


Democrats are bullish about their prospects in the November midterms, and are peeking around the corner at a 2020 rematch with President Donald Trump. But first, they’re confronting the lingering frustration from 2016. That bitter nominating fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is front and center in Chicago this week as members of the Democratic National Committee gather for their summer meeting. They’ll decide the fate of so-called superdelegates — DNC members, elected officials and other party dignitaries. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 800 words, photo.


— NEW SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities. The AIM HIGH grant pilot program will provide at least $50 million in financial aid.

— JUDGE-FRAUD CHARGES: A Cook County judge convicted of fraud who has been fighting an effort to remove her from the bench is now facing an effort to remove her from the November ballot. A federal jury convicted Judge Jessica O’Brien of fraudulently obtaining mortgages for Chicago investment properties and illegally pocketing more than $300,000.

— MANURE SPILL-FISH KILL: Officials are investigating a northwestern Indiana manure spill that’s believed to have killed thousands of fish.

— AMERICAN-CHICAGO TO ASIA: American Airlines is cutting the number of flights from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Asia this fall. The airline explained it could no longer keep flying the money-losing routes at a time when the costs of jet fuel are so high.

— PRISONS-MENTAL HEALTH: Illinois corrections officials have announced construction will begin next spring on a 200-bed inpatient mental health and medical facility.



DETROIT — Jon Lester tries for his 14th win of the season when the Chicago Cubs take on Francisco Liriano and the Detroit Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. CT.


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