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

December 17, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

ILLINOIS VILLAGE-BAHAMAS BOWL

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. _ A Chicago suburb’s decision to sponsor a nationally televised college football bowl game in the Bahamas has won over some residents and local merchants despite receiving mixed reactions after the announcement last summer. Kathy Jarosch, who operates Jarosch Bakery in Elk Grove Village, told The Daily Herald that she believes the village’s $300,000 sponsorship of the Dec. 21 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl in Nassau is “putting Elk Grove on the map.” SENT: 310 words.

AROUND THE STATE

BOEING-EMBRAER

CHICAGO _ Boeing is buying a majority stake in Embraer’s commercial aircraft and services operations for $4.2 billion. The joint venture, announced Monday, gives Boeing 80 percent ownership of those operations, with Embraer owning the remaining stake. SENT: 130 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING CHINESE SCHOLAR: Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court. Brendt Christensen’s attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday’s search. SENT: 130 words, with photos.

_ HOSPITAL LOCKDOWN-ILLINOIS: A suburban Chicago hospital nurse who sued after she was taken hostage and attacked by a hospitalized jail inmate has received A $7.2 million settlement.

_ FATAL CRASH-WOODSTOCK: Investigators have determined that none of the three men killed in northern Illinois when their Jeep slammed into a tree were wearing seat belts. And the Chicago Tribune reports that the McHenry County Sheriff’s office has also determined that the vehicle was not equipped with air bags.

_ AMBULANCE DEATH-JURY AWARD: A jury has awarded $7 million to the family of a south suburban Chicago man who died in 2014 after he climbed from a moving ambulance.

_ POST OFFICE-SOLDIER: President Donald Trump has signed a resolution naming a suburban Chicago post office for a fallen soldier. The post office in Warrenville in DuPage County will be known as the Corporal Jeffery Allen Williams Post Office Building.

_ ELEVATOR RESCUE: Chicago fire crews have rescued 15 people who were trapped inside an elevator that became stuck in a building. UPCOMING: 130 words.

_ TREE DEATH: Authorities say a 50-year-old man has died after a tree fell on him while he was working in his yard in northwestern Indiana.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-DIVISION CHAMPS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears endured a long gap between playoff appearances before making a big leap to the top of the NFC North. They clinched the division with a victory over the Green Bay Packers. And now, they can focus on a playoff run. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKN--BULLS-THUNDER

The Chicago Bulls visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.

BKC--CHICAGO ST-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ Northwestern looks to go to 8-3 when it hosts Chicago State. The Wildcats rallied from 15 down with less than 10 minutes left to beat DePaul on Dec. 8. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET.

BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Western Illinois plays Northern Illinois at NIU Convocation Center.

BKC--INCARNATE WORD-ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

Incarnate Word plays Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion.

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