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

December 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. The states with children in care are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland. By Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,230 words, with Photos. An abridged version is also available.


NEW YORK _ Jurors at the U.S. trial of the notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo have listened to a recording of him on a phone call negotiating a drug deal. The call occurred in 2008 when former Chicago-based drug trafficker Pedro Flores was cooperating in an investigation against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. On it, Flores asks Guzman if he can lower the per-kilo price of heroin by $5,000. A good-natured-sounding Guzman agrees. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES _ Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube _ the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” Guests boarded Musk’s Tesla Model X and rode along Los Angeles-area surface streets about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away to what’s known as O’Leary Station. One project Musk is planning would take travelers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport. Both projects are in the environmental review phase. Musk said he thinks the Chicago project has the most potential to open soonest and that he’s hoping an extensive network opens in Los Angeles before the city hosts the 2028 Olympics. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 1,120 words, with photos.



CHICAGO _ A judge says she’ll issue her verdict next month in the bench trial of three Chicago police officers accused of lying about the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald to protect another officer who pulled the trigger. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson said Wednesday that she’ll issue her verdict on Jan. 15, which is three days before another judge is due to sentence Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald 16 times and was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. SENT: 130 words.


_ TRAIN STRIKES OFFICERS-FUNERALS: The Chicago Police Department has released funeral arrangements for two officers who were fatally struck by a commuter train while investigating reported gunshots on the city’s far South Side.

_ AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION: A new state report says nearly 187,000 Illinois residents have registered to vote through the state’s new automatic voter registration system. The system went online July 1 under a state law approved last year.

_ SPRINGFIELD-HOSPITAL CLOSURE: A central Illinois hospital that specializes in treating patients who need long hospital stays plans to close its doors after eight years.

_ CHILD PORNOGRAPHER SENTENCED: A suburban Chicago man who was convicted of manufacturing child pornography has been sentenced to 29 years in state prison.

_ LINCOLN DOCUMENTS: An ongoing project to digitize all of Abraham Lincoln’s papers has received a grant. Officials announced Tuesday that the Abraham Lincoln Association has given a $6,000 grant to the digitization project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

_ TASER ALTERNATIVE: A suburban Chicago police department is testing a new device that restrains suspects by shooting a Kevlar rope that wraps tightly around the person’s body.



CHICAGO _ D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets go for their seventh straight win when they meet the struggling Chicago Bulls. Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team as Brooklyn beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With the Chicago Bears already in the playoffs, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tries to sharpen up the inconsistent offense in preparation for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers and eventually a playoff game. UPCOMING: 600 words.


PULLMAN, Wash. _ SIU-Edwardsville plays Washington State on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. PST.


Incarnate Word plays DePaul at Wintrust Arena.


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