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

November 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly convenes to conclude the first week of its fall session. The House and Senate on Thursday will continue working through consideration of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of legislation from earlier in the year. The Senate worked late Wednesday. It took up and voted to override vetoes of legislation to help immigrant victims of crime get visas to stay in the U.S. and to restrict tobacco sales to those 21 or older. By John O’Connor. Will be updated on merits from session scheduled to begin 10 a.m. CT.


CHICAGO — A security guard who was working at a suburban Chicago bar when a black co-worker was fatally shot by a white police officer said Wednesday that he never heard the officer order the other man to drop his gun. The comments from Dorian Myrickes came hours after Illinois State Police released a statement saying witnesses have told investigators that the officer ordered security guard Jemel Roberson to drop his gun before opening fire. Police were responding to a gunfight early Sunday at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins that injured four people, including Myrickes. By Don Babwin. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved Wednesday. Will be updated with developments.


— STATE TROOPER-SOLICITATION CHARGES: An Illinois State trooper who admitted to soliciting a woman to have sex with him has been sentenced to a form of probation and agreed to resign from his job.

— PEORIA-BUDGET TROUBLES: The Peoria City Council has voted to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole.

— HARASSMENT CHARGES-SENATORS: A southern Illinois woman has been charged with making more than 200 harassing phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth over a five-month period.

— POLICE COMMANDER-CHARGES: A former Chicago police commander has been charged with stealing more than $360,000 of Social Security funds in a scheme lasting more than 23 years.

— OFFICER KILLED-1980: Another man is facing a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and show just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for first place on Sunday. It’s been a long time since the Bears have been in a spot like this. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.


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