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

January 22, 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by H.G. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLAND PARK, Ill. _ Authorities are seeking a man suspected of fatally shooting a teenager and wounding a bystander at a suburban Chicago mall. Orland Park police say the suspect and the victim were involved in “an altercation” before the Monday shooting at Orland Square Mall. SENT: 130 words. Developing.



ST. LOUIS _ The family of a Missouri woman missing for more than four decades has recently regained hope after authorities discovered a possible link with an unidentified body in an Illinois cemetery. SENT: 130 words. Developing.


SAN ANTONIO _ The last time these soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, were together, they were tromping through the jungles of Vietnam on enemy patrol. The San Antonio Express-News reports they were the core group of 37 men whom 2nd Lt. Perry Dotson led for four harrowing months in 1970. On a recent Saturday in a San Antonio hotel, 49 years later, they gathered to remember a fallen brother-in-arms and renew a connection that time and distance could not break. They came from across the country, bringing wives and children with them. There was one notable absence: Pfc. Leonard Nitzsche, killed in action by an enemy sniper in 1970. By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,130 words, pursuing photos.


GARY, Ind. _ Five abandoned homes where a former Marine strangled and hid the bodies of seven women will be demolished and replaced by memorials to the victims. SENT: 300 words.


_ WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for central and northern Illinois as snow and freezing rain are predicted for the regions. A driver rolls her vehicle and dies in Logan County.

_ TEEN KILLED-ROCKFORD: Police say a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Rockford.

_ MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-ILLINOIS: Several advocacy groups are urging Illinois lawmakers not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, arguing it would, among other things, make roads more hazardous.

_ DEPUTY-FATAL CRASH: A Cook County sheriff’s deputy has died in a crash while on his way to work.

_ PROSECUTOR-STATE POLICE: The St. Clair County state’s attorney is in line to become head of the Illinois State Police.

_ YOUNG DRIVER: An arrest warrant is issued for a northern Illinois man who police say allowed an 11-year-old relative to drive herself to school in a stolen rental car while he rode along.

_ SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT-NATIONAL MONUMENT: Illinois members of Congress are seeking National Historic Monument status for the Springfield site of the 1908 Race Riots.

_ LAW CLINIC-REVERSE MORTGAGES: A Chicago law clinic and a local activist are partnering to help people prosecutors say were victims of a massive reverse mortgage fraud.



EVANSTON, Ill. _ Romeo Langford and Indiana look to stop a four-game losing streak when they meet Vic Law and Northwestern. The Hoosiers beat the Wildcats by two on Dec. 1. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 8 p.m.


CHICAGO _ The New York Islanders visit the Chicago Blackhawks. 7:30 p.m.


DEKALB, Ill. _ No. 14 Buffalo looks to improve to 18-1 when it visits Northern Illinois. Buffalo is led by C.J. Massinburg, averaging 17.8 points. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The whirlwind rise of Bradie Tennell began at last year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where the sprightly teenager stunned a field of veterans to claim her first national title and with it, a spot on the American team headed to the Winter Olympics. Now the 20-year-old is back to defend her American title this week in Detroit, this time as the favorite. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 850 words, photos.


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