BC-IL–Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Hugh Dellios at 312-781-0500 or hdellios@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

UPCOMING TODAY:

CHICAGO CORRUPTION-COMMISSIONER TRIAL

CHICAGO — A once-powerful Chicago Democrat goes before a federal judge to be sentenced for tax evasion. William Beavers, a former police officer unashamed of boasting about his influence, faces a maximum three years prison sentence at Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words following 9 a.m. hearing, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-ILLINOIS MARKETPLACE

CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace has a brand name and logo. It’s “Get Covered Illinois” and the tagline is “The Official Health Marketplace.” The brand name is part of a multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing Illinoisans who are uninsured to sign up for new benefits available through President Barack Obama’s health care law. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.

METRA PANEL

CHICAGO — A state panel charged with coming up with reforms for Metra and other Illinois public transit agencies is set to have a second public hearing. The Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force meets in downtown Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn formed the group in August after allegations about political hiring at Metra. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 words following 4 p.m. hearing. Further updates on merits.

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CIVIL WAR DIARY

SPRINGFIELD — A hand-written diary that gives a central Illinois resident’s personal account of the Civil War is being donated to a Springfield library. The leather-bound journal includes entries about President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election, his assassination and the surrender of the Confederate Army. It was written by Peter String, a soldier who lived in Springfield and was donated by his great, great nephew. Researchers say the document will help historians learn more about the daily life of soldiers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

TWICE DESTROYED-CHURCH

METROPOLIS — A twice-destroyed southern Illinois church suffered a third setback this month after a portion of its roof collapsed. The 159-year-old Upper Salem Baptist Church in Metropolis burned down shortly before Mother’s Day in 2012. After that, the congregation merged with another church and became Weaver Creek Baptist. Together, congregants were working to build a new church, but that building was destroyed by strong winds earlier this summer when gusts reached 50 mph in the area. SENT: 200 words.

WORKING GOATS

NAPERVILLE — A herd of 45 goats are hard at work in one Chicago suburb, chewing their way through what will eventually become an expanded disc golf course at a park. The farm animals known for their voracious appetites are working to clear a five-acre section of land near Naperville. City park officials say they were inspired to spend $5,000 to hire the hungry creatures after O’Hare International Airport got its own barnyard band of goats, sheep, llamas and burros to mow grass in hard-to-reach sections of airport grounds. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-DOG TREATS

EDWARDSVILLE — A young dog lover whose family’s generosity sparked international attention a year ago is now making some waves of her own. Eight-year-old Anna Erber has unleashed homemade treats that give a whole new meaning to going to the dogs. The avid baker came up with a fund-raising plan last May to bake dog bone-shaped treats and sell them atop a scoop of sugar-free vanilla custard. She calls her creation Bow Wow Sundaes, and she’s been selling them at Annie’s Frozen Custard, with part of her proceeds going to the Metro East Humane Society. By Kathie Bassett. The (Alton) Telegraph. SENT: 970 words, photo.

BRIEFLY:

— ILLINOIS-MOTEL DEATH: A central Illinois man is charged with the shooting deaths of his mother and brother at a Pontiac motel.

— PEORIA-DEADLY SHOOTING: A Peoria man is facing a first-degree murder charge for a weekend shooting.

— BABY’S DEATH-CONVICTION: A Joliet man was convicted of the beating death his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby.

— BENTON SHOOTING-WOMAN KILLED: A judge is deciding whether to toss statements made to police about a Benton woman’s shooting death.

— CHICAGO-LAWSUIT AWARD: A jury awarded $1 million to a Chicago man who spent a year in jail before he was found him not guilty of assaulting a police officer.

— HEROIN OVERDOSE-CHARGES: A suburban Chicago woman has been accused of supplying heroin to a friend who later died of a drug overdose.

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES: Human trafficking and sexual abuse charges were filed against a suburban Chicago man.

— CENTREVILLE-NEW MENTAL HEALTH CENTER: Illinois regulators are giving the green light to a new $10 million mental health center in southwestern Illinois.

— GETTYSBURG ADDRESS ANNIVERSARY: A series of events is planned in Illinois to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

— JEWEL-OSCO-SELF-CHECKOUTS: Jewel-Osco is scrapping self-checkouts from some of its stores0

— VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT: Thousands of Illinois veterans have contributed stories to a history project.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Illinois and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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