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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

December 1, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says more women have been crossing state lines to get abortions in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that the findings released this week show more than 5,500 women from other states traveled to Illinois last year for the procedure, up from about 4,500 women in 2016. SENT: 340 words.



LAPORTE, Ind. — Family and friends of an emergency room doctor killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital gathered at an Indiana church Friday to remember the woman as a caring, loving and thoughtful person. Funeral services for Dr. Tamara O’Neal were held at the First Church of God in LaPorte. O’Neal was shot to death by her former fiance after he confronted her outside Mercy Hospital on Nov. 19. SENT: 285 words.


MEMPHIS, Ind. — A Chicago-bound jet crashed in southern Indiana shortly after taking off from a local airport Friday, and investigators believe everyone on board the small twin-engine plane was killed, according to police. Flight plans indicate that three people were on the plane when it left Clark Regional Airport on its way to Chicago’s Midway Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham said. Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said it’s unclear how many people were on the plane when it crashed. SENT: 270 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A top University of Illinois official says a new campus committee won’t be choosing a replacement for the school’s former Chief Illiniwek mascot. The new Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation met for the first time Thursday on the Urbana-Champaign campus. It was established following the September release of a university report suggesting adoption of a new sports mascot and traditions to replace the Chief Illiniwek portrayal that was dropped in 2007 after complaints from American Indians that it was offensive. SENT: 130 words.


— ILLINOIS STUDENT DEATH-LAWSUIT: The family of a Northern Illinois University student who died while enduring a fraternity hazing has reached a $14 million settlement of their lawsuit.

— GREAT LAKES-INVASIVE MUSSELS: A coalition of agencies and groups in the Great Lakes region has released a plan for developing solutions to problems caused by invasive mussels. The mussels arrived in the lakes in the 1980s and have spread across much of the nation.

— DULLES-PORTUGAL: A Portuguese airline is launching nonstop service between that nation’s capital and the Washington, D.C., region. TAP Air Portugal said Thursday that roundtrip service between Lisbon and Dulles International Airport will begin in June. The airline also announced service between Lisbon and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport launching in June.

— GARY CASINOS: Some former Indiana casino executives are behind a new company buying the two Gary casinos with aims of moving them off the Lake Michigan shore.

— GREAT LAKES-INVASIVE MUSSELS: A coalition of agencies and groups in the Great Lakes region has released a plan for developing solutions to problems caused by invasive mussels.



CHICAGO — The Cubs offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining Friday his future with the team is not certain. Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife. President of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called the decision a “procedural step” and said it “does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future” with them. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 790 words, photo.


CHICAGO — Reliever Alex Colome was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the payroll-shedding Seattle Mariners on Friday for catcher Omar Narvaez. The White Sox also declined to offer contracts to outfielder Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson, allowing the pair to become free agents. And they agreed to a $1.55 million, one-year deal with outfielder Leury Garcia. SENT: 245 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to earn a spot in the college football playoff. Northwestern, meanwhile, continues to embrace playing the underdog. Few expected the Wildcats to dethrone Wisconsin in the Big Ten West, especially after losses to Duke, Akron and Michigan in successive weeks in September. By Michael Marot. SENT: 850 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher had no intention of designing two game plans, even though Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a shoulder injury. Bettcher is getting the Giants ready to face the Bears’ offense, and it doesn’t matter whether Trubisky is back at the helm Sunday at MetLife Stadium or veteran backup Chase Daniel is running the show again for Chicago. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 860 words, photos.


DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons try on Friday night for a fourth straight win when they host a Chicago Bulls team that has lost four in a row. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m.


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