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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

February 23, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Ken Kusmer is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CHICAGO _ R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity. The 52-year-old Grammy winner turned himself in late Friday and spent a night in jail before being taken to the courthouse. He stood with his hands behind his back and said to the judge, “How are you?” By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. Developing.



_ R KELLY-ALLEGATIONS OVER TIME: R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the different accusations that have been made against him. SENT: 800 words.

_ R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS-VICTIMS: Prosecutors on Friday charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four female victims, at least three of whom were younger than 17. Here are some details listed in the grand jury indictments and outlined by the Cook County state’s attorney. SENT: 210 words.



VATICAN CITY _ The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing. Two U.S. cardinals have confirmed that the Vatican is working on a “clarification” to a 2016 law that was supposed to hold bishops and religious superiors accountable when they fail to protect their flocks but never really did. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a press conference Friday during Pope Francis’ sex abuse prevention summit that he had been “guaranteed” that the new document would “come out very soon.” Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said the document would “standardize” procedures within the various Vatican offices to investigate bishops and order their removal. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 830 words, photos.


_ VATICAN-SEX ABUSE-Q&A: Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up. The meeting, which opened Thursday, comes at a critical time for the church and Francis’ papacy, following the explosion of the scandal in Chile last year and renewed outrage in the United States over decades of cover-up that were exposed by the Pennsylvania grand jury report. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 725 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ A lawmaker from central Illinois stressed the importance of efforts to legalize recreational marijuana during a community forum, saying the industry could drive economic growth. Democratic Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana was one of the speakers during a panel discussion Monday about legalizing recreational cannabis, The News-Gazette reports. SENT: 275 words.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Helen Ryde is a devout, gay United Methodist on a 600-mile personal prayer journey. Her trip across four states comes days before United Methodists from around the world consider if their denomination should allow same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Ryde’s traveling from her western North Carolina home to St. Louis, Missouri, where she’ll attend the UMC 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Last Tuesday, Ryde stood on the white-columned porch of East Knox County’s 160-year-old Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church to pray a short, impassioned prayer and leave a “letter of love.” She’ll repeat that prayer and leave that letter at dozens of churches in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. By Amy McRary, Knoxville News Sentinel. SENT: 990 words, photos.


_ COCAINE BUST-TRUCKERS: Two California men have been arrested after police in eastern Illinois found more than 110 pounds (50 kilograms) of suspected cocaine during a truck inspection.

_ GUN OWNERS-COOK COUNTY: Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart wants to make sure the public is better protected from people who lose the right to carry guns.

_ HOUSE OF TOMORROW-LEASE: A preservation group is offering a lease for a futuristic home along Lake Michigan that was featured at Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair.



CHICAGO _ Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics look to bounce back against Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics lost 98-97 at Milwaukee on Thursday, with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 30 and Khris Middleton hitting a 3-pointer in the closing seconds for the NBA-leading Bucks. Chicago won 110-109 at Miwaukee on Friday after Markkanen hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Illinois goes for its fifth win in six games when it meets Penn State, which is tied for last in the Big Ten. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 11 p.m.


EVANSTON, Ill. _ Ethan Happ and No. 22 Wisconsin try to make it eight wins in 10 games when they face Northwestern. The Badgers beat Illinois on Monday after back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


_ BBA--WHITE SOX MOVES: The Chicago White Sox have finalized minor league deals with right-hander Ervin Santana and outfielder Preston Tucker. SENT: 165 words.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-BRADLEY. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 1 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--N. ILLINOIS-TOLEDO. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 5 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--ORAL ROBERTS-W. ILLINOIS. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--E. ILLINOIS-TENNESSEE ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7:30 p.m. tipoff.


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