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

September 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GOVERNORS

The controversy over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spilled into governor’s races across the country as the woman at the center of the claims told her story to a riveted nation. In Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said earlier this month that there should be an investigation and the allegations, if true, should disqualify Kavanaugh. His Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, criticized Rauner’s response. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO AIDS GARDEN-SCULPTURE: Officials say a sculpture by the late artist Keith Haring will be placed at the AIDS Garden Chicago.

— TODDLER-ATTEMPTED DROWNING: Police say a Chicago mother tried to drown her 3-year-old son after posting on social media that the child was dead. Celeste T. Christian is being held without bail on attempted murder charges and her son is hospitalized.

— DUPAGE COUNTY-CANCER RISK: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct additional monitoring for air pollution near a suburban Chicago plant that handles medical instruments.

SPORTS:

BBN--CARDINALS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs head into the final weekend looking to hang onto the NL Central lead, while the St. Louis Cardinals look to stay in playoff contention. Kyle Hendricks — 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA — in his past six outings — starts for the Cubs, who lead Milwaukee by a game in the division. Adam Wainwright pitches for the Cardinals, who are one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second wild card. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins start the final series of the season with a day-night doubleheader, with Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito set to pitch the two games for the White Sox and Jose Berrios and Chase DeJong tapped to start for the Twins. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games start at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. CT.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years. The view from the top is quite a change for a franchise stuck at the bottom the past few seasons. The Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup between unlikely division leaders, with Chicago in sole possession of first place for the first time since Marc Trestman was the coach and Jay Cutler the quarterback. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — On the surface, this seems like a good time for No. 14 Michigan to visit Northwestern. The Wolverines come rolling into the game on Saturday with three straight blowout wins since they dropped the opener and the Wildcats are reeling. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— U OF I-FOOTBALL CENTER: The University of Illinois has announced a $3.1 million gift to its Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Officials say the donation comes from alumnus and agricultural businessman Greg Heckman. SENT: 130 words.

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