BC-IL–Illinois News Coverage Advisory,1st Ld-Writethru, 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 AP-Illinois 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland officially announced Wednesday that it will keep its global headquarters in Illinois, even without the symbolic tax incentives it requested from state lawmakers. At the same time, it will announce only half the jobs and not a new technology center it was promising in Chicago when it made the request. Among the questions raised by the announcement is whether the decision to stay in Illinois no matter what will affect the state’s evolving policy debate about whether to give in to what critics have called “black mail” by companies pitting states against each other with threats to move. By David Mercer. Mercer. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.


CHICAGO — Dr. Janet Rowley, a pioneer in cancer genetics research, has died at age 88. Rowley spent most of her career at the University of Chicago, where she also obtained her medical degree; she died Tuesday of ovarian cancer complications at her home near the university. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


CHICAGO — Blood pressure for older adults can safely be higher than previously recommended, likely meaning less medicine for many patients, according to new treatment guidelines from a government-appointed panel of experts. But not all experts are on board. By AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 680 WORDS.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State officials have changed their minds about the kind of applications they’ll accept from people who want new concealed carry permits. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1i15bu2 ) reports that after saying the Illinois State Police would only accept online applications, the Quinn administration says that beginning in July paper applications will also be accepted. The online application process begins next month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


URBANA — A University of Illinois graduate who is an astronaut on the International Space Station is scheduled to walk in space to make repairs to a pump with a bad valve. Mike Hopkins will go with another American astronaut on what NASA calls an urgent spacewalk to fix a broken cooling line. The first walk on Saturday will take about six hours and NASA has scheduled another one for Monday and a possible third to take place next week, possibly on Christmas Day. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


ROCKFORD — In less than a year’s time, Rockford’s Keonta Burnell went from a low-paid laborer at a barbershop to a small business owner strategizing on how to expand. It took a push from a parent, motivation from a daughter — and a GED. Burnell was a 34-year-old single father of four making $50 to $75 a week — “plus they bought me lunches” — sweeping up and doing maintenance work. Burnell’s father owns a small trucking company. He told his son “if I’d do what needed to be done to get certified he’d help me get started” in the trucking business. It took four months of preparation, but Burnell, with help from the nonprofit job training group Rock River Training Corp., passed his GED exam in April. By Alex Gary. Rockford Register Star. SENT: 660 words, photos.



CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football coach Tim Beckman plans a 2 p.m. CT news conference to discuss the football season that just ended and announce the addition of new junior college and early-enrollment recruits. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


— RED BUD-GIRL’S KILL LIST: Police in southern Illinois’ Red Bud say they’ve concluded that a sixth-grade girl’s list of schoolmates she wanted to kill posed no actual threat. SENT: 130 words.

— ABUSE VICTIM FIRED: The city of Chicago has been ordered to rehire a budget analyst fired for violating the city’s residency requirement after an abusive boyfriend forced her from her Chicago home. SENT: 130 words.

— ROCKFORD BRIDGE: A $29 million bridge over the Rock River in Rockford is open. SENT: 130 words.

— CTA-SHOOTING: Police are investigating the shooting of a man at a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line station in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. SENT: 130 words.

— CONCEALED CARRY-INSTRUCTORS: Certified firearms instructors in Illinois can now apply for concealed carry licenses. SENT: 130 words.

— HEALTH DATA-FEDERAL GRANT: An Illinois health care coalition has been awarded a $7 million federal grant to set up a clinical data research network. SENT: 130 words.

— CHRISTMAS TREE-SAFETY: Officials are reminding Illinoisans to take steps to ensure their Christmas trees don’t become fire hazards. SENT: 130 words.

— CHICAGO-FREE WORKOUTS: The city of Chicago is offering residents an incentive to start the new year in a healthy way: Free workouts. SENT: 130 words.


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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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