BC-IL–Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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CHICAGO — Gay marriage proponents say it’s time for a vote in the Illinois General Assembly. A few more lawmakers say they are in support, and many advocates are pressing sponsors to call the vote no matter what once lawmakers have reconvened next week in the fall veto session. Last spring, the chief House sponsor canceled a vote rather than risk losing. A victory would make Illinois the 13th state to approve same-sex weddings. By Sophia Tareen. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo.


EVANSTON, Ill. — Horror writer Michael McDowell couldn’t get enough of death. He collected photographs and postcards of the dead before they were laid to rest, ads for burial gowns and pins — some containing locks of the departed’s hair. Now, the “Death Collection” McDowell amassed over 30 years while making his name as a writer and screenwriter of “Beetlejuice” and other films before his own 1999 death, is ready for researchers to examine at Northwestern University Library. By Don Babwin. Photos: M. Spencer Green. SENT: 750 words, photos.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A final recommendation is still pending but the U.S. Department of Energy has said in a report that the FutureGen project in Morgan County should go ahead. The Energy Department report finds that FutureGen would meet the country’s goal of having diverse energy sources without significant environmental effects. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two counties in southern Illinois have started allowing jail inmates to use electronic cigarettes. So far White County and Saline County are letting inmates use the nicotine-infused vapor inhalers. Officials in Franklin, Wabash and Williamson counties also are deciding if they’ll let inmates use electronic, or e-cigarettes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs briefly erected a mock-up of a 650-foot sign the team hopes to build at Wrigley Field. The exercise was done to see how the sign would affect views from seats on rooftops of nearby buildings. Rooftop owners say the sign blocks views and they’ll sue if it goes up. The Cubs say rooftops may not have the same view inside Wrigley Field, but the rooftops will still have views. SENT: 330 words.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — If pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care are a journey, then OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is providing experienced guides. The hospital’s OB (obstetrics) Nurse Navigator Program is St. Joseph’s effort to have obstetrical nurses work with mothers- and fathers-to-be throughout pregnancy and after delivery. The nurse navigator may tell the patient that what she’s experiencing is expected and may advise the patient to call her doctor. By Paul Swiech. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. SENT: 760 words, photos.


— DECATUR-INMATE ESCAPE: Authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur just as he was to begin serving a prison sentence for aggravated battery. SENT: 130 words.

— BEATING DEATH-DECATUR: A state appellate court has ordered new trials for two men convicted in the 2009 stomping death of a 61-year-old man in Decatur. SENT: 130 words.

— SIMON-COLLEGE GUIDE: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has unveiled her plan to help Illinois colleges and universities reduce costs and raise their graduation rates. SENT: 130 words.

— STABBING DEATH-MOTHER: A 24-year-old man will receive in-patient mental health treatment after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his mother’s stabbing death. SENT: 130 words.

— PEOPLE-KRISTIN CAVALLARI: Kristin Cavallari and her Chicago Bears quarterback husband Jay Cutler are expecting their second child. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 130 words.

— PACKARD PLANT-DETROIT: Wayne County officials say a Chicago developer needs to make good on his bid for a sprawling former Detroit car plant. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO-CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: A company that provides in-flight wireless access is moving its headquarters and commercial aviation business to Chicago from the city’s suburbs. SENT: 130 words.

— FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TOUR: A new Frank Lloyd Wright architecture tour is being offered at a Springfield historic site designed by the famed Illinois architect. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO 911 CENTER: Chicago officials say a renovation of the city’s 911 call center will improve service and make the whole operation cheaper to run. SENT: 130 words.

— GETTYSBURG ANNIVERSARY-OLD CAPITOL: One of Springfield’s top tourist sites plans to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. SENT: 130 words.

— LINCOLN LAND-DAVIS: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is set to tour Lincoln Land Community College’s Workforce Careers Center in Springfield. SENT: 130 words.

— O’HARE-CARGO CENTER: The construction of a sprawling new cargo center at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is officially underway. SENT: 130 words.

— DIGITAL BILLBOARDS-URBANA: Anyone who wants to erect a digital billboard in Urbana will have to wait. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO CULTURAL PLAN: The city of Chicago says it has addressed more than half of the initiatives outlined a year ago in its Chicago Cultural Plan. SENT: 130 words.

— GODFREY-LOTTERY WINNER: An Alton concrete construction worker has won $4 million on an Illinois Lottery instant ticket. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK — After Tatyana McFadden won the 2010 New York City Marathon wheelchair race, she flew to her former orphanage in Russia and gave the director her medal. The 24-year-old University of Illinois student will have more bling to show off if she wins again in New York on Sunday. McFadden is aiming to complete the first “grand slam” in wheelchair marathon racing after winning the three major races this year in Boston, London and Chicago. By Melissa Murphy. SENT: 990 words, photos NY110-111.


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Michigan State was a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten, and Spartans guard Gary Harris was selected Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by conference media. With four starters back from a team that went 27-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16, expectations are once again soaring for coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans. They beat out NCAA runner-up Michigan, with Ohio State picked third. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls host the New York Knicks tonight at the United Center. The Bulls look to come back from a loss Tuesday to the Miami Heat. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 7 p.m.


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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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