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

December 30, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



DECATUR, Ill. _ The first two facilities for a central Illinois city’s $30 million drug treatment campus are on pace to open during the coming year. Construction is underway in Decatur on the 31,000-square-foot detox and residential building and the 17,000-square-foot transitional housing facility. The 17-acre Community Care Campus is meant to provide an all-hands-on-deck approach to the rising epidemic of drug addiction and opioid abuse in Macon County. It is being funded by the private foundation of former Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffet. SENT: 350 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Illinois lawmakers completed the state’s 100th General Assembly in its bicentennial year, and will ring in 2019 with 253 new laws on the books. The youngest children in cars will be required to ride in rear-facing seats, blaze pink will be acceptable for hunters’ wardrobes, opioid abuse and school safety take center stage and a Route 66 centennial planning commission will convene. Here’s a look. By John O’Connor. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved Saturday and available for use.


_ NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE: The minimum wage will rise in at least 19 states in the new year, and some states also will be enforcing new laws targeting sexual harassment, restricting gun sales and revamping criminal penalties. By David Lieb. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moving in national services.





DETROIT _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected Michigan’s offer of $8 million to support a project to keep invasive carp from establishing themselves in the Great Lakes, saying the money wouldn’t be useful for at least 10 years. Rauner said in a letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that the offer to support operations at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, wouldn’t help until after an upgrade there is completed in 10 years. Experts consider the area a good location to block movement of Asian carp, which have infested the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Scientists warn that if the voracious fish become established in the Great Lakes, they could ruin native species and harm the region’s $7 billion fishing industry. SENT: 350 words.


LOS ANGELES _ A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country. Tribune Publishing said a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers, the Chicago Tribune reported. SENT: 250 words.


_ HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT: Illinois authorities are stepping up traffic enforcement and reminding motorists to drive sober over the New Year’s holiday. Illinois State Police say they’re joining with the Illinois Department of Transportation and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies to add patrols and keep roads safe.

_ CHICAGO PARKING GARAGE FIRE: Authorities say a fire inside a downtown Chicago parking garage killed one worker and badly hurt four others.

_ HOUSE FIRE-BODY FOUND: Authorities say a body found inside a central Illinois home more than 14 hours after it was destroyed by fire was that of a 67-year-old woman who lived there.

_ TROOPER GRADUATES: Fifty-nine newly commissioned troopers will report for duty with the Illinois State Police on Monday.

_ ICE RESCUE-GREEN BAY: Crews have rescued two fishermen from Illinois stranded on an ice chunk in northeastern Wisconsin.

_ PERE MARQUETTE TRAIN: Planners in southwestern Michigan are trying to keep a passenger train operating between Chicago and Grand Rapids.



MINNEAPOLIS _ NFC North champion Chicago visits Minnesota, where the Vikings are still trying in Week 17 to secure a spot in the playoffs with the looming possibility of a postseason rematch with the Bears the following week. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time 3:25 p.m. CT.


TORONTO_ The injury-riddled Raptors seek to end 2018 on a winning note when they host the Chicago Bulls. Toronto is 7-7 in December. The Bulls are 5-7 under new coach Jim Boylen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 5 p.m. CT


SAN DIEGO _ No. 20 Utah and Northwestern put in their final preparations for their first appearances in the Holiday Bowl on Monday. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words.


EVANSTON, Ill. _ Vic Law and Northwestern look to get back to winning on Sunday when they host Columbia. The Wildcats lost in overtime to Oklahoma on Dec. 21 even though Law scored 23 points. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 4 p.m. CT.


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