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

December 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ One of two Chicago police officers struck and killed by a train is being remembered as a devoted father and husband, loyal friend and dedicated police officer. Hundreds of officers on Friday crowded into a Roman Catholic Church on the city’s South Side where Cardinal Blase Cupich helped celebrate a funeral Mass for 31-year-old Gary Conrad. Speakers included Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. SENT: 130 words, will be updated. With AP Photos.


CHICAGO _ The Cook County medical examiner’s office says it’s still a year away from completing a review of a fired pathologist’s cases after finding he had botched autopsies and missed a murder. The county agency has only reviewed one-third of the 218 cases handled by Dr. John E. Cavanaugh, who was fired from his $225,000-a-year post in Chicago last year after his work was called into question. So far, the agency has changed Cavanaugh’s findings regarding “manner of death” in five of the cases reviewed, the Chicago Tribune reported. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 280 words.



NEW YORK _ The 25-foot long “Camouflage Last Supper,” one of Andy Warhol’s last and most personal works, floods a full wall of a room on the fifth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The massive acrylic and silkscreen mural captures the artist’s seemingly contradictory piety and irreverence. It’s one of more than 350 works on display in the largest retrospective of Warhol’s prolific career in nearly 30 years. While Warhol’s style has remained ubiquitous since his death in 1987, even the most devout pop-art connoisseurs can learn much from “Andy Warhol _ From A to B and Back Again.” It includes famous works as well as material on view for the first time. Newly revealed information about the painfully private artist’s life adds new dimensions to our understanding of him and his work. By Natasha Gural. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Illinois editors: Note last paragraph that the exhibit is coming to the Art Institute of Chicago in October 2019.


UNDATED _ The Catholic archbishop of Chicago, who was hand-picked by the pope to help organize an upcoming Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, will have a leading role in the church’s effort to seek reforms, including the response to new allegations from the Illinois attorney general. Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for “our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse” in a statement responding to the attorney general’s report, which said the church failed to disclose the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 740 words, photos. Moved late Thursday.


_ TORNADO AID-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking federal aid for residents and businesses in four counties recovering from a rare December tornado outbreak.

_ MISSING SWIMMER-LAKE MICHIGAN: Chicago fire officials say two men have been rescued from Lake Michigan but a woman pulled under by high waves remains missing.

_ CHILD INGESTS FENTANYL: A southern Illinois woman faces felony charges for allegedly allowing her 2-year-old child to ingest methamphetamine and fentanyl.

_ POLICE TORTURE-RELEASE: A judge has overturned a 25-year-old murder conviction of a man who said he was beaten and choked into confessing to a murder he didn’t commit by a notorious squad of Chicago detectives that allegedly tortured more than 100 suspects for two decades.

_ UNBORN CHILD-SHOT: A coroner says a pregnant suburban Chicago woman who was allegedly shot by her husband died from her injuries days after the shooting killed her unborn child.

_ ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing schools to use a streamlined approach to construction. The Republican approved the legislation Thursday for a pilot program allowing schools to use a so-called design-build process.

_ BUS THREAT ARREST: Police say a Chicago man faces a felony charge after he threatened to blow up a Greyhound bus along a Chicago expressway.

_ SHOPLIFTER-HERO: A northwestern Indiana man says he smashed the window of a car to stop shoplifters outside a busy store. Eric Cordell says he needed six stitches for his injuries, but he was able to recover a bag of coats stolen from a TJ Maxx in Schererville on Dec. 4. SENT: 130 words.

_ HOLIDAY DRIVING: State and local law enforcement in Illinois are boosting patrols over the holidays to arrest drivers who drink or take drugs, then drive.



CHICAGO _ Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic take on the banged-up Chicago Bulls, owners of an NBA-worst 7-25 record. The Bulls have dropped 12 of 14 and expect to be without forward Bobby Portis for two to four weeks after he sprained his right ankle against Brooklyn on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Colorado Avalanche.


St. Francis (IL) plays Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion.


Illinois State plays UCF at CFE Arena.


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