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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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CHICAGO — Last-minute health insurance shoppers called help lines and attended enrollment events as a key deadline in the nation’s new health law arrived. Others let the date pass without making a decision: “I’m in no hurry, though it’d be nice to be able to visit a doctor without stress,” said Kyle Eichenberger, an uninsured 34-year-old in Illinois. Monday is the last day for people in most states to enroll for health insurance coverage if they want it to begin Jan. 1. The deadline was pushed back a week because of the problems with the federal marketplace, which has been plagued with problems since it opened for business in October. By Carla K. Johnson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


CHICAGO — An Apollo 8 astronaut who was among the first to orbit the moon is set to help re-enact the 1968 Christmastime broadcast from space. Millions tuned in on Dec. 24, 1968, when Commander Frank Borman, Bill Anders and James Lovell took turns reading from the Book of Genesis as the Apollo 8 orbited the moon. Lovell is expected to attend Monday’s event at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where the original Apollo 8 Command Module is. The crew circled the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve, according to NASA. The famous “Earthrise” photo was taken during the same mission. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to attend Monday’s event marking the 45th anniversary of the broadcast. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 10 a.m. event.



CHICAGO — A little-known state agency backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has overruled Chicago Public Schools and ordered it to approve and fund charter schools in Chicago run by a charter operator for which Madigan has voiced support. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Des Plaines-based outfit is the first and so far only charter operator to benefit from decisions of the 2-year-old state agency, which another state lawmaker has proposed eliminating. UPCOMING: 450 words.


PLAINFIELD, Ill. — For Washington residents trying to reclaim normality following last month’s tornado, the people of Plainfield have good and bad news. First, the good news. “I think it’s going to get worse. But it’s going to get better. That’s the easiest way to put it,” said Brian Murphy, the Plainfield village administrator. Now, the bad. “It never goes away. … They’ll never heal,” said Bobbe Marion, who in 1990 survived the most violent tornado to strike the Chicago metropolitan area. By Nick Vlahos, The (Peoria) Journal-Star. UPCOMING: 1,600 words.


LENA, Ill. — Sitting in her wheelchair Dec. 13 at the Lena Living Center, resident Margaret Hartman reached out to her buddy Hunter, unwrapped a cookie she was saving for herself and gave it to the golden retriever. “I was saving the cookie for myself, but Hunter likes it. But the bag of Fritos are mine,” Hartman said with a smile. “I used to have a dog, and I miss him, so when Hunter comes my way, he gives me a lift.” Hunter is a 6-year-old therapy dog who comes to work with his owner, Shannon Hauser, a clinical nurse consultant at the center. Hauser, who used to be the director of nursing, said she began bringing her dog to work two years ago. Since then, if she happens to leave Hunter at home, she must face the ire of the residents looking for the beloved golden retriever. By Jean Lethlean, The (Freeport) Journal-Standard. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— BROTHER SLAYING: A suburban Chicago teenager is being held on $2 million bond after authorities say he killed his older brother. SENT: 130 words.

— CLEAVER ATTACK: A suburban Chicago man is being held on $750,000 bond after authorities say he attacked a man with a meat cleaver. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING WOMAN-BODY IN TRUNK: The body of a St. Louis woman who went missing last month has been found in a car trunk in southwestern Illinois. SENT: 130 words.

— BOY KILLED-CARJACKING CRASH: Officials are searching for a 34-year-old man who authorities suspect in a series of carjackings, including one that killed an 11-year-old Chicago boy. SENT: 130 words.

— CHRISTMAS PARTY-INVESTIGATOR KILLED: Two men are facing murder and robbery charges for the shooting death of an off-duty Illinois sheriff’s investigator. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLINOIS FLOODING: Southern Illinois authorities are monitoring swollen rivers and creeks after weekend storms dumped rain in the area. SENT: 130 words.

— FLYER MILES-MILITARY: Air travelers with significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating them to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays. SENT: 130 words.

— AMTRAK INTERNET: Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access. SENT: 130 words.

— PASSENGER RAIL: It would cost Iowa more money than initially projected for passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago. SENT: 130 words.



CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils. Chicago is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


CINCINNATI — The Bearcats (9-2) try to get their third straight win since their loss to rival Xavier, hosting Chicago State (5-6). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


PHILADELPHIA — Even if a game doesn’t matter much in the standings, the Philadelphia Eagles don’t take nights off. Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles routed the Chicago Bears 54-11 Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes. Instead of resting his starters for a winner-take-all game at Dallas next Sunday night, Chip Kelly didn’t pull them until they finished whipping the Bears (8-7). Meanwhile, the Bears hardly looked worthy of a playoff spot with a division title on the line. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 750 words, photos.


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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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