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

January 4, 2019

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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

DOUBLE TRIPLE TRANSPLANT BOND

A suburban Detroit woman and a man from Chicago’s South Side are sharing a unique bond after undergoing marathon consecutive heart-liver-kidney organ transplants in December. The University of Chicago Medicine announced the transplants on Friday. By Amanda Seitz. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from 10:30 a.m. CT news conference.

HAWAII-OBAMA FOUNDATION

HONOLULU _ The Obama Foundation is launching an Asia-Pacific leadership program with a series of workshops in Hawaii for 22 emerging leaders. The leaders selected for the conference being held on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa this week come from 16 countries and territories, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. SENT: 300 words.

US OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An American Indian activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against opponents denies fostering any illegal activity through an allegedly militant protest faction. Krystal Two Bulls also denies evading service of the lawsuit _ a tactic Energy Transfer Partners says is preventing it from serving three other people it added as defendants five months ago. The $3.8 billion pipeline is now moving North Dakota oil to Illinois. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ILLINOIS SENATOR-KENYA: President Donald Trump has tabbed former Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter as ambassador to Kenya. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the U.S. Senate approved the choice in a voice vote this week.

_ TEXAS SHIP CHANNEL-EXPANSION: An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers. The Port of Corpus Christi on Thursday announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers go for their 13th win in 15 games when they visit Lauri Markkanen and the struggling Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

FBN--FOG BOWL

The Eagles and Bears have history in the playoffs, already having played one of the weirdest games in the postseason. It was 30 years ago when the teams met in the Fog Bowl at Soldier Field.

FBN--NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

Half of the NFC playoff field is back from last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who wobbled and hobbled into the postseason party as the sixth and final seed after a season-long slog. A look at all six teams’ strenghts and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

Also:

_ BKC--IUPUI-ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: IUPUI plays Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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