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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Young teens aren’t exactly embracing the government’s Let’s Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest. Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the recommendations — an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. The results are based on about 800 kids who self-reported their activity levels and had physical exams as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey. Government researchers won’t call the results disappointing, but lead author Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “There’s always room for improvement.” The CDC released partial results from the fitness survey, which involved kids aged 3 to 15. Other results from the same survey are pending and include fitness data based on more objective measures including treadmill tests. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 460 words.


WASHINGTON — Some former members of Congress are hoping 2014 will be the year of the comeback. Congress may have public approval ratings hovering near record lows, but several Republicans who once served in the House are trying to recapture their old seats. Among Democrats, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, who was bounced from office two decades ago after casting a decisive vote for President Bill Clinton’s budget plan, wants to represent the Philadelphia suburbs again. Along the Mississippi River, former Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling wants another chance in the Illinois portion of a Quad Cities-area district that he held for one term before losing to Democrat Cheri Bustos. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 900 words, photos.



CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago plans to release files detailing the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests as part of a court settlement. Cardinal Francis George made the announcement in a letter to priests that is set to be published in church bulletins on Sunday. Abuse victims have sought the information for years. Under terms of a settlement, the church will deliver the documents to attorneys for the victims on Jan. 15. The information will go public a week later. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate will continue working in Connecticut until March 1, just before Illinois’ primary election. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Paul Vallas will keep working as superintendent of Bridgeport public schools. Vallas submitted his resignation to Bridgeport officials on Dec. 31 and is required to give a 60-day notice. Illinois’ primary election will be held March 18. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — Monsanto reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings Wednesday on higher sales of the company’s insect-repelling and herbicide-resistant soybean seeds in Latin America. Despite an 8.6 percent increase in profit the company left its full-year fiscal guidance unchanged, sending shares slightly lower in premarket trading. The company reiterated previous expectations of earnings between $5 and $5.20 per share for fiscal 2014. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $5.25 for the year. SENT: 275 words.


ROCKFORD, Ill. — Judge Gary Pumilia closed the book Tuesday on a career spent presiding over some of Winnebago County’s highest profile criminal cases, but as a new year dawns he has already begun a new chapter. Pumilia, 66, retired on New Year’s Eve, seizing the chance to forge a new law firm in downtown Rockford with his 31-year-old son, Joseph Pumilia. For the first time in nearly 14 years, Pumilia will argue cases before the court instead of deciding them from the bench. “My son and I are going into practice together,” Pumilia said. “What a great opportunity. I mean, I get to work with my son.” Going to private practice is sort of a third leg of Pumilia’s legal career that has spanned nearly four decades. By Jeff Kilkey. Rockford Register Star. SENT: 560 words, photo.


— DEEP FREEZE-ILLINOIS: Many Illinoisans are preparing to get back to normal routines on Wednesday after two days of bone-chilling cold and messy roadways. SENT: 130 words.

— DEEP FREEZE-WATER MAINS: Utility workers in Illinois say they’re preparing for potential water main breaks as the state begins a gradual warm-up. SENT: 130 words.

— DEEP FREEZE-CAR REPAIRS: Auto repair shops say business is booming after this week’s deep arctic freeze. SENT: 130 words.

— DEEP FREEZE-CHICAGO AIRPORTS: The thaw is helping airlines get more flights off the ground at Chicago’s airports. SENT: 130 words.

— DEEP FREEZE-FROZEN PEACOCK: An adventurous peacock that escaped its pen at a Chicago-area petting zoo and became frozen in subzero temperatures has died. SENT: 130 words.

— CONVICTED FELON-CANDIDATE: The former head of Chicago’s streets and sanitation department is fighting to stay on the ballot. SENT: 130 words.

— ENBRIDGE PIPELINE: A federal agency is trying to allay concerns of three U.S. senators who asked for evidence that an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes is safe. SENT: 130 words.

— MCHENRY COUNTY WATER: The Illinois State Water Survey says research shows groundwater resources in McHenry County could become strained in the next three to four decades. SENT: 130 words.

— HOSPITAL PROJECT: A hospital in north suburban Chicago is planning a $74 million upgrade over the next three years. SENT: 130 words.

— COLD DECEMBER: State climate experts say Illinois temperatures were below-average this past December. SENT: 130 words.

— ORESTES-RETRIAL: Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and other prominent Chicago lawyers are getting together again to retry the case of a figure in Greek history. SENT: 130 words.

— CONSERVATION CALENDAR: Outdoor lovers still have time to buy the 2014 Illinois Conservation Foundation wall calendar. SENT: 130 words.



CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks host the New York Rangers for the first time in almost two years. New York’s last game at the United Center was a 4-3 loss on March 9, 2012. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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